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How to disable manual uploading of WordPress themes and plugins in Apache 2.4

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Disabling manual uploading of themes plugins can be used as an extra layer of security in WordPress. The implementation in Apache 2.4 is simple:

<LocationMatch "^/wp-admin/update.php">
  <If "%{QUERY_STRING} =~ /.*action=upload-(plugin|theme).*/">
    Require all denied
  </If>
</LocationMatch>

Exceptions for trusted IP addresses can be made by adding extra requirements to the block:

<LocationMatch "^/wp-admin/update.php">
  <If "%{QUERY_STRING} =~ /.*action=upload-(plugin|theme).*/">
    Require all denied
    Require ip 192.0.2.1
    Require ip 192.0.2.2
  </If>
</LocationMatch>

Documentation: Apache HTTP Server version 2.4 – Documentation – Access Control

Changelog

  • 2020-10-23. Added link to the official documentation for the Require directive.