What is Virtual Patching?

Along with hacked user accounts, vulnerable plugins are the most common threat vector criminals use to break into WordPress sites. As vulnerabilities emerge, software vendors release security updates or “patches” that fix the vulnerabilities in their code. Vigilant site owners, administrators, and agencies managing sites for their clients will quickly apply security patches. However, they might not be fast enough to block every attack. And as vulnerabilities reported in WordPress plugins surge in 2023, 40-50% go unpatched every week. What if you’re using a vulnerable plugin you can’t update or easily replace? That’s where virtual patching comes in to save the day.

This post was originally published on iThemes by Dan Knauss.

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