WordPress Vulnerability Scanning and Notifications

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WordPress vulnerability scanning is available on our Developer Plus and Agency plans.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Scanning Notifications
  3. Vulnerability Information
  4. Repeat a Scan
  5. Exclude a Website or Server from Scanning


If you’re on our Developer Plus or Agency plans, our WordPress vulnerability scanning feature will perform a daily scan across all of the websites on your servers.

If a known vulnerability is found in WordPress core, or a theme or plugin installed on your website, we will send you a notification, and the vulnerability details will be stored and available to view inside your website customizer in the security tab.

This article will show you where all of this functionality lives inside your GridPane account. 

Scanning Notifications

When your servers daily scan finds vulnerabilities in WordPress core, themes, and plugins our systems will:

  1. Email you via our support ticketing system
  2. Replace the green check box next to your website URL with an orange box
  3. Optional: Send a notification to your Slack account

Each vulnerability will only send one notification. For example, if “Plugin X” has a vulnerability in version 1.3, no further notifications will be sent for this version of the plugin. If you update “Plugin X” to version 1.4 and the plugin has the same vulnerability

Email Notifications

These notifications will create a support ticket, which will alert you to the issue via email. This support ticket will then automatically be closed.

Emails will be sent to the account owner’s email address.

Orange Check Mark Indicator

Inside the Sites page in your GridPane account, there is a checkmark before each of your website URLs in the Active Sites table, which is green by default. When a vulnerability is found for a website, the green check will turn orange until the issue is resolved:

Slack Notifications

If you’ve set up Slack notifications for your account, you can turn on notifications for vulnerability monitoring (note that this is not activated by default).

Click through to your settings page and then click on Slack on the left-hand side:

Here you can toggle vulnerability notifications ON and OFF:

Vulnerability Information

Detailed information for any vulnerabilities found on your websites can be viewed inside your website customizer.

Click on your website URL on the Sites page in your account to open up the customizer:

If a vulnerability has been found, the Security tab will display a red exclamation. 

Click through to the Security tab > Vulnerability Scanning.

These are color-coded, with red indicating a severe vulnerability that should be resolved as quickly as possible.

To display a breakdown of the specifics, simply click on the vulnerability:

Repeat a Scan

You can repeat a scan for an individual website inside the Security > Vulnerabilities tab in the website customizer by clicking the Repeat Check button:

This will rescan the website and will let you know if reported issues have been resolved or if new issues have been found.

Exclude a Website or Server from Scanning

You can exclude individual websites or entire servers by creating a token file.

To create a token file, you will need to connect to your server via SSH. If this is your first time connecting to a server, please see the following guides to get started:

Exclude an Entire Server

Our vulnerability scanning functionality will check for the existence of a server-level token file before the scan commences, and will abort if found.

You can copy and paste the following command to exclude your entire server from vulnerability scanning:

touch /root/skip.server.gp.scan

Exclude an Individual Website

Before running a scan on each individual website our scanning functionality will check if a token file exists for that website. If found, it will skip the site and continue scanning any remaining sites on your server.

You can copy and paste the following command (replacing site.url with your website URL) to exclude an individual site from vulnerability scanning:

touch /var/www/site.url/skip.gp.scan

For example:

touch /var/www/yourwebsite.com/skip.gp.scan