8 Drupal Security Tips You Should Know

by Hamza Zia  March 7, 2013

Being an open source CMS, Drupal has millions of worldwide users, with thousands of developers writing code for it. Whether you are a Drupal user, programmer or even a member of the thriving Drupal community, it is essential for everyone to have preliminary knowledge about Drupal Security.

Drupal Security Tips

 

Since the source code is open to everyone, there’s always a chance for new bugs to pop up every now and then. However, the Drupal Security analysts imply years of research, independent Audits from third parties and release patches and updates to eliminate any of such issues. Still, high-security protocols must be implemented at the user’s end too so that there can be no loopholes left for cyber criminals to wiggle through.

Which is why, we hope that you are reading this post – here we have mentioned some quick tips with which you can ensure superior security for your Drupal website. While building a website on Drupal and in order to make it “hack Proof”, it is this knowledge that can come in handy.

You can make use of the following tips in order to make your Drupal site more secure:

  1. Keep Yourself Updated
  2. Set Permissions
  3. Setup Firewall
  4. Change Passwords
  5. Independent Security Plan For Modified Modules
  6. Run Audits
  7. Get Mollom
  8. Get in Touch with Drupal Security Team

1- Keep Yourself Updated
The simplest and the easiest step that you can undertake, to ensure that all the doors and windows to your Drupal Site are closed, is to keep yourself updated. Having the newest versions of the contributed modules and the Drupal Core make your site security hard to bypass.

2- Set Permissions
Making an account on a website should only be in consent to the administrator. You need to set permissions to make an account on your website.

3- Setup Firewall
You would also need to setup firewall settings for your web server and a database server which also limit the unauthorized accessibility to your website.

4- Change Passwords
Make sure that once in every 90 days you change the passwords for your Drupal users, admins, FTP, database and other important accounts.

5- Independent Security Plan For Modified Modules
You need to set up an independent security plan for all the modules which you have modified until any future release or patch for those modules arrive.

6- Run Audits
There are certain independent online tools that audit your Drupal website to give you a firsthand knowledge about any bugs or future security loopholes that may occur. Example; Acunetix, Nikto, Skipfish etc.

7- Get Mollom
Web sites that encourage interaction between the readers and authors in the form of comments, posts and messages are the most successful. It is an essential activity that develops your own online community and makes your message or posts viral. However, moderation in this, too, is necessary. This is where Mollom comes in.

Mollom helps you fight spam and other unauthorized access problems via CAPTCHA text analysis. Some key features of Mollom are:

• Blocks spammy comments on any node, articles, pages, forum topics etc.
• Blocks contact form Spam.
• Protects the original user registration/subscription from fake user accounts.
• Protects user’s password request form

8- Get In Touch With Drupal Security Team Drupal Security team is one of the best that is out there. They work round the clock to make sure that Drupal isn’t K.Oed by every hacker. If you spot any weakness or a security loophole in Drupal source code you can too report it to security@drupal.org. So that they can review the Code for any potential threat and provide assistance in resolving the issue.

Bottom-Line The aforementioned tools can surely be your guide to having a “Hack Free” Drupal Website. However, if you know some other best practices to safe guard Drupal, we would love to hear them. Please comment below your experiences in keeping Drupal Safe and Secure.

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About Hamza Zia

Hamza is a Drupal Community Manager at Cloudways - A Managed Drupal Hosting Platform. He loves to write about Drupal and related topics. During his free time, he can be seen obsessing over Football, Cars, Android and Gaming.

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  • erotik akash

    Is it okay to reference some of this on my blog if I include a backlink to this page?

  • geetarluke

    Don’t forget to protect API and encryption keys. The Key module is making it really easy to store and manage these keys outside of Drupal.