[wp-hackers] Possible security patch

Nathan Rice ncrice at gmail.com
Mon Dec 7 14:11:22 UTC 2009

If the suggestion is to leave the admin account intact (and hardened with a
strong PW), but create a separate account with decreased privileges for
posting, then might I suggest letting both accounts have the same email
address? It's really frustrating to have to figure out an alternate email
account to use with one or the other WP accounts.

I still don' think this method properly accounts for a username being
clearly visible from all over the place. Letting users control what gets
used seems like a decent way of making brute-force attacks just a little bit
harder for bots to crack.

Nathan Rice
WordPress and Web Development
www.nathanrice.net | twitter.com/nathanrice

On Mon, Dec 7, 2009 at 8:56 AM, Peter Westwood <peter.westwood at ftwr.co.uk>wrote:

> On 7 Dec 2009, at 08:32, Lynne Pope wrote:
>> Agree with Ian here. Prompting to rename "admin" AND create another
>> account
>> for posting, recommending they use the Editor role for that second
>> account.
>> If there is going to be a prompt it really needs to spell things out,
>> otherwise we'll see people creating a second user name ok, with admin
>> privileges.
> I'm not sure I understand the security benefit of renaming the admin
> account.
> You don't go round renaming the root account on a UNIX install to improve
> security - you lock the account down with a secure password and use it
> appropriately working as a normal user as much as possible
> The process of creating an account for posting could be part of a
> post-install guided process - maybe if you go to the Add New post screen you
> get a message about creating a user to write posts with seperate from the
> admin user with a way to dismiss this message.
> I think we need to careful explore the best user experience on this before
> we rush in and do something - maybe we need to work through a couple of
> different wireframes on this.
> Peter
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