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Opened 2 years ago

Last modified 2 years ago

#47245 new defect (bug)

Site Health Check: Fails for sites with basic auth and php-fpm

Reported by: stephankn Owned by:
Milestone: Awaiting Review Priority: normal
Severity: normal Version: 5.2
Component: Site Health Keywords: site-health
Focuses: Cc:


Situation is PHP running as CGI (for HTTP/2) and admin interface is protected by basic auth.

Authentication is not possible, as the password is not available in the environment:


the reported conclusion "A plugin has prevented updates by disabling wp_version_check()" is wrong.

Code should check at least AUTH_TYPE for "Basic" or GATEWAY_INTERFACE for "CGI/1.1" to output a proper message. Providing a link to the site-check URL with the instruction to click ans look for the result "yes" in the browser would have also helped.

maybe this check could be done on client-side by javascript in the browser?

Change History (3)

#1 @SergeyBiryukov
2 years ago

  • Component changed from General to Administration
  • Keywords site-health added

#2 @desrosj
2 years ago

  • Component changed from Administration to Site Health

Moving Site Health tickets into their lovely new home, the Site Health component.

#3 @Clorith
2 years ago

Hiya, welcome to WordPress trac, and my apologies for the delayed response.

We could absolutely improve the text used for that test, to make it a bit more descriptive, and not directly blame plugins like it currently does (there are many reasons it could fail, as you've mentioned).

I think that this specific scenario is a bit of an edge case, so I'm not sure if adding buttons and asking users to look for words is the right way forward.

As for making the request be a plain ajax call, there's actually a two-fold reason this hasn't been done.

Due to how the update filter is added, it does not exist within a call to admin-ajax.php, and leaving it open to a plain request without going via there leaves it open to unintended information sharing about a potential security issue on a site.

Do you have any suggestions for improving the texts used here to make it bore clear that this may not always be a problem ?

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