If permalinks are enabled, in many WordPress installations it is possible to enumerate all the WordPress usernames iterating through the author archives. Whenever a post is published, the username or alias is shown as the author. For example, the URL will show all the posts from user id 1. Attackers can abuse this functionality to figure out which usernames are available on the site.


You can use an .htaccess rewrite rule to prevent this disclosure but you should also be sure to use nicknames to avoid disclosing usernames.

# Stop WordPress username enumeration vulnerability
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI}  ^/$
RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} ^/?author=([0-9]*)
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ [L,R=301]

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