Remove & Disable XML-RPC Pingback

Description

Prevent your WordPress site from participating and being a victim of pingback denial of service attacks. After activation the plugin automatically disables XML-RPC. There’s no need to configure anything.

By disabling the XML-RPC pingback you’ll:
* lower your server CPU usage
* prevent malicious scripts from using your site to run pingback denial of service attacks
* prevent malicious scripts to run denial of service attacks on your site via pingback

From sucuri.net:

Any WordPress site with Pingback enabled (which is on by default) can be used in DDOS attacks against other sites.

Learn More

Is Your Site Attacking Others?

Use Sucuri’s WordPress DDOS Scanner to check if your site is DDOS’ing other websites

Why Not Just Disable XMLRPC Altogether?

Yes, you can choose to do that using the plugin Disable XML-RPC, but if you use popular plugins like JetPack (that use XMLRPC) then those plugins will stop working 100%. That is why this small plugin exists.

Screenshots

  • Postman: Without the plugin installed
  • Postman: With the plugin installed

Installation

Using The WordPress Dashboard

  1. Navigate to the ‘Add New’ in the plugins dashboard
  2. Search for ‘Remove XMLRPC Pingback Ping’
  3. Click ‘Install Now’
  4. Activate the plugin on the Plugin dashboard

Uploading in WordPress Dashboard

  1. Navigate to the ‘Add New’ in the plugins dashboard
  2. Navigate to the ‘Upload’ area
  3. Select remove-xmlrpc-pingback-ping.zip from your computer
  4. Click ‘Install Now’
  5. Activate the plugin in the Plugin dashboard

Using FTP

  1. Download remove-xmlrpc-pingback-ping.zip
  2. Extract the remove-xmlrpc-pingback-ping directory to your computer
  3. Upload the remove-xmlrpc-pingback-ping directory to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory
  4. Activate the plugin in the Plugin dashboard

FAQ

Is My Site Attacking Others?

It could be! Use Sucuri’s WordPress DDOS Scanner to check if your site is DDOS’ing other websites

Reviews

Siilto 3, 2016
Unfortunately, it looks like this plugin is not effective anymore as I've had a few sites attacked with this plugin installed. Trying to manage though .htaccess now. Wish someone would write something new to fix this.
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Contributors & Developers

“Remove & Disable XML-RPC Pingback” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.

Contributors

Changelog

1.1

  • 2019/04/09
  • version bump

1.0.0

  • First release