This Blog is one year old today. Now I can use the SMALY Widget that I wrote for the SHH Blog on this Blog. You can see links to my one-year-old posts on the sidebar under “THIS TIME LAST YEAR”.
I went ahead and released this Widget as is. I was hoping to get a sponsor for it’s release but it looks like it will just be another free plugin that I work on in my “spare” time.
You can download the plugin from the WordPress Repository here:
If you like this widget, want to support the Hawaiian Language Revitalization movement, or want me to make improvements to this plugin, send me a donation and tell me what you want to me to do with it.
Less than a month in the WordPress Repository and already over 1,400 downloads. There is definitely an unmet need for a Plugin like this. Despite the instant popularity and success of my Malware Removal techniques, even with all the great comments and thanks that I am getting for actively fighting back against these defacement and redirection hacks, I have just come under some criticism from the “Half-Elf” Plugin Monitor, Ipstenu. Though I feel that my strategy in fighting infections is efficient, effective, and easy to implement, she seems to think it is too risky to actually do something about the infected files and suggested I just notify the user of infections like some other security plugins do. To me, it is that very fact that my Plugin can automatically fix the problems it finds that sets it apart from the others. I wrote this software for myself, so that I could easily remove widespread infections on a shared server with one click. Then I made the code available as a WordPress Plugin to be really helpful to those that could not otherwise clear up their infected servers. This Plugin actually removes “Known Threats” from a file, keeping the rest of the file intact, and it even makes a backup of the file before making changes. How cool is that? I’m not one to brag but I must admit I am quite proud of this accomplishment.
I wonder how many people have broken there whole site, by removing a file that was needed by WordPress, because some would-be helpful plugin told them it was infected but couldn’t or wouldn’t fix it. Or, how many people paid Securi to fix their infestation of malicious scripts when my Plugin might have done it for them. I’m not saying this Plugin I wrote is a fix-all for any infection, but what it does, it does well. I wrote it for a specific type of infection and continue to expand it’s range and capabilities as more information comes in from my users.
I am dedicated to seeing this project though and maintaining a successful front line against these malicious infection. With continually growing support from the WordPress community I know that I can grow this program to meet more and more needs and combat new threats as they are discovered.
A big thanks to all those who have commented and rated this Plugin and even more thanks to those who have Donated! You are all keeping this effort alive and letting WordPress know that this Plugin is appreciated.
I just created a small Widget for the SHH Blog that runs a simple query to find posts posted around the same time last year.
I just released my new Anti-Malware plugin for WordPress. It is still in BETA but I think it will be very helpful in removing malicious scripts and patching security vulnerabilities.
An example scan that found some threats
Please leave feedback and donate whenever possible.
This is a simple widget that makes it easy to monetize your site with Google adSense.
I haven’t posted anything this whole month because one of my servers got hacked and I’ve spent the last three week working on a new plugin to scan and remove malicious software from my server.
It wasn’t enough for me to just remove the hack. I had to make sure it wouldn’t come back and because it was such a widespread exploit I thought it would be good to release a plugin for other website admins to check their site for themselves.
I looks like my infestation of nasty scripts came in through a vulnerability in an older version of timthumb.php. Apparently any version older that 2.0 can be used to place a file on the server. If that file is a back-door of some kind then the person who put it there could have full access to your server.
I’m still testing and working out the kinks in my security scanner but it should be ready soon…
Download my latest version (1.2.01.18) and you can customize the placement of the Menu Item. Plus, I’ve made the Tag and Category headings in the Tree View widget link to that Tag or Category. With over 4,000 downloads I’m finally starting to get some good feedback too. Keep it coming!
Aylan turned 16 on the 16th!
I gave him a WordPress site at aylan.info
I’m not sure if he will do anything with it… I suppose we will just have to wait and see.