IP Vault – WP Firewall

Descrição

IP Vault lets you protect your WordPress backend – and any other part of your website – from non verified users.

IP Vault Firewall also preserves your server ressources and bandwidth by blocking hacking attempts before they reach your site.

How does it work ?

Requests to protected files and folders are redirected to the Authentication Page. IP Vault unlocks user’s IP addresses using a key
that is emailed for authentication. Once users verify their account, they can access all restricted areas. Users are automatically verified on registration.

What is protected ?

Out-of-the box, IP Vault restricts access to .php and .phtml files, as well as wp-admin folder, which are frequently exploited by bad bots and hackers.
You can choose which part of your site to protect. Need to make the whole website private ? No problem, just restrict access to /.

The story behind this plugin

In the past 20 years, I have been monitoring a few dozen client sites to prevent malicious access. I have also helped a great number of people to clean their website from malware.
I noticed that even marginal WordPress sites or non-wordpress PHP based sites are constantly exposed to hacking attempts.

Almost all exploits I have seen work by either calling a vulnerable PHP script already on the server, by adding such a script or by injecting their own code into an existing script.

I have tried and tested quite a few security plugins. They can be quite complex to set up and to maintain. Some security plugins try to block access to vulnerable files by comparing requests to a blacklist.
These tend to become quite large and need frequent updates to be efficient. Others use geo-blocking services to block requests from certain countries. However in my experience, hacking attempts can come from just about any location.

I thought there must be a better way using whitelists for verified users instead. And that’s how the idea for IP Vault was born.

To Dos

  • add pro mode with custom authentication screen
  • add option to get auth code by SMS (requires users to register phone number)

I love this plugin. How can I contribute ?

  • Rate plugin and leave feedback on WordPress.org
  • Help resolve questions in support forums
  • Help with translations
  • Donate

Disclaimer

This plugin uses the following 3rd Party services :

Please note : IP Vault plugin is in an early release phase. Reaching out for your feedback and bug reports are very welcome.

Ecrãs

  • Authentication Page
  • Dashboard Widget
  • Which files and folders should be protected ?
  • IP Address Whitelist
  • Blocked connection logs & stats

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Registo de alterações

1.1

  • optimization : set transient for api calls (cache results for 1 week)
  • experimental feature : use ASN for authentication (useful if your public IP changes often)

1.0.2.1

  • optimisation : limit requests to ip-api to unknown IP addresses (IPs not yet logged)
  • optimisation : settings link added to plugin screen
  • optimisation : allow custom comments for whitelisted IPs
  • fixed minor bug : title on stats screen displays correct date
  • fixed minor bug : removing IP addresses with backslashes from whitelist

1.0.1

  • fixed minor bug : missing envelope.svg
  • tested up to WP version 5.7.2

1.0

  • redesigned bar chart and added daily tables in statistics
  • authentication mail back to plain text to optimise deliverability
  • various small fixes

0.7

  • added a soft rewrite mode, as .htaccess mode can be tricky on some installs
  • cosmetic changes to authentication mails, now using html
  • improved logging and statistics, database cleaned through daily cron job

0.5

  • Reengineered auth page (no longer depending on frontend page)
  • New logo and redesigned auth page
  • Improved style and optimised ressource usage
  • a lot of small changes

0.4.1

Fixed issue where settings were not properly removed on uninstall

0.4

First release.