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Opened 4 years ago

Closed 3 years ago

#34420 closed feature request (maybelater)

Add Trackback Validation in Core

Reported by: dshanske Owned by:
Milestone: Priority: normal
Severity: minor Version:
Component: Pings/Trackbacks Keywords: 2nd-opinion
Focuses: Cc:


Suggesting that, due to the complaints about trackbacks being used maliciously, that trackback validation become part of WordPress Core.

Validation is a major difference between Trackbacks and Pingbacks in WordPress. WordPress should retrieve the page the trackback refers to and verify that it is in fact linking to what it says it is.

While this is present in some third-party plugins, this would be a viable alternative for people who have completely abandoned trackbacks and all ping types in general due spam concerns to reenable the feature. Stopping SPAM in most cases is plugin territory, but this would reduce the desirability of trackback spam.

Effectively, this would make pingbacks and trackbacks equally robust in WordPress, and allows support of the older standard.

If the pingback verification code is separated out from pingback_ping, then it could be a function run by both.

Change History (2)

#1 @dshanske
4 years ago

  • Keywords 2nd-opinion added
  • Severity changed from normal to minor

#2 @dshanske
3 years ago

  • Milestone Awaiting Review deleted
  • Resolution set to maybelater
  • Status changed from new to closed

No interest in this idea. Going to pursue the idea of disabling trackbacks by default in favor of Pingbacks as an idea that seems to have more interest.

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