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Build Status Note that build status might be "red" due to the API limit of wpvulndb

Quick links: Using | Installing | Contributing

What is wp-sec?

Wp-sec is an extension for wp-cli which checks for Wordpress CVE security issues at All installed versions of core, plugins and themes can be checked and monitored, so you know when to update your Wordpress installation.


Following synopsis should be enough to get you started


  wp wp-sec


  Check for CVE security issues at


  wp wp-sec <command>


  check      Checks for core, plugins and themes
  version    Returns current version


      Check for a specific part, or use all to check all parts
      Default: all

      Controls the output
      Default: user

      Lets you cache the resuls of wpvulndb, to prevent hammering at their servers. Be nice to them, it's a free service

      Cache control of above --cached setting. If omitted a default of 8 hours is used. This setting will give
      you fine grained control. Value is entered in seconds

      The WPvulnDB API version to be used. Currently there is no functional difference between these API's. Except for logging in with a token on API v3

  --token=[<your token>] 
      Your user token to be used @ Only needed for API v3

      Converts themes and plugin names to lowercase to submit to wpvulndb. This is due to an issue at wpvulndb. As of october 2018 (tested) it doesn't seem to be needed anymore


  All global wp cli parameters are inherited


Installing this package requires WP-CLI v0.23.0 or greater. Install fresh wp-cli as instructed here Or update to the latest stable release with wp cli update.

Unfortunately the wp-cli satis repository isn't much updated anymore. So the easiest way to install the wp-sec package is to download the latest zipball from here and install it locally with wp package install <version>.zip.


We appreciate you taking the initiative to contribute to this project.

Contributing isn’t limited to just code. We encourage you to contribute in the way that best fits your abilities, by writing tutorials, giving a demo at your local meetup, helping other users with their support questions, or revising our documentation.


To setup a development environment for code contributions, follow instructions below. Execution of the extension is done within a dockerized environment (only tested under Linux). Editing can still be done outside of docker as the current directory is mounted into the docker environment.

Place wp-cli binary in the bin folder. According to current documentation from WP-CLI you would want to do something like:

cd bin 
curl -O
chmod +x wp-cli.phar
mv wp-cli.phar wp

Create a docker environment and bring it up like this:

docker-compose up -d

Enter your dev environment and create a fresh wordpress installation to test against

docker exec -ti wpsec-phpcli /bin/bash
mkdir testsite && cd testsite
wp core download
wp core config --dbname=wpsec --dbuser=wpsec --dbpass=wpsec --dbhost=wpsec-mariadb
wp core install --url=http://localhost --title=testsite --admin_user=admin --admin_password=admin --skip-email

Running (from /home/wp/testsite)

wp wp-sec check

Preparing testsuite (from /home/wp)

composer install
mysql -h wpsec-mariadb -e 'CREATE DATABASE IF NOT EXISTS wp_cli_test;' -uroot -pwpsec

Running testsuite

vendor/bin/behat --strict

Reporting a bug

Think you’ve found a bug? We’d love for you to help us get it fixed.

Before you create a new issue, you should search existing issues to see if there’s an existing resolution to it, or if it’s already been fixed in a newer version.

Once you’ve done a bit of searching and discovered there isn’t an open or fixed issue for your bug, please create a new issue with the following:

  1. What you were doing (e.g. "When I run wp post list").
  2. What you saw (e.g. "I see a fatal about a class being undefined.").
  3. What you expected to see (e.g. "I expected to see the list of posts.")

Include as much detail as you can, and clear steps to reproduce if possible.

Creating a pull request

Want to contribute a new feature? Please first open a new issue to discuss whether the feature is a good fit for the project.

Once you've decided to commit the time to seeing your pull request through, please follow our guidelines for creating a pull request to make sure it's a pleasant experience:

  1. Create a feature branch for each contribution.
  2. Submit your pull request early for feedback.
  3. Include functional tests with your changes. Read the WP-CLI documentation for an introduction.
  4. Follow the PSR-2 Coding Standards.


Wp-sec is an exentsion for wp-cli which checks for Wordpress CVE security issues at







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