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  • Matt Mullenweg’s Photos are in MY WordPress Database

    Posted on August 5th, 2011 phpguru No comments

    It may come as a surprise to you, just like it was to me, to find hundreds of personal photos from Matt Mullenweg’s trip to Alaska in MY WordPress blog database.

    Seriously, folks, this is rather rude in my opinion. I invite you to Check your wp_options table for instances of ma.tt and you may be quite surprised what you find.

    SELECT * FROM wp_options WHERE option_value LIKE '%ma.tt%'

    To be fair, the actual photos aren’t in my database, but useless links to them are. Apparently WordPress stores newsworthy feeds it receives (when is unclear – all day? when I login to wp-admin?) in the wp_options table.

    I’m shocked and somewhat horrified to find thousands of rows of this useless junk mucking up my WordPress database unnecessarily. I’m not sure there’s any way to inject malicious code into a database through a news feed that is automagically stored, but it sure seems like a potential security risk to me. If there’s a way to turn off this storing of feeds, I’d like to know.

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