WordPress Error: The server XYZ at Magic Requires a Username and Password.

WordpressHere is a little surprise I received upon returning from vacation. I was editing a blog and when I went to save the post an error popped up reading:

  • The server (our server domain, e.g. DOMAIN.COM) at Magic requires a username and password.

Well isn’t that special?

The problem is caused by the vars.php file located in the WP-INCLUDES folder. Someone did a SQL Injection (Read More Here) and added code to the file.

The fix is an easy one – 2 steps:

  1. Download a new version of the vars.php file from WordPress and replace the corrupted one. Look here – Simply choose your WordPress version
  2. Update WordPress to the latest version!

Normally, the files starts:

<?php
/**
 * Creates common globals for the rest of WordPress
 *
 * Sets $pagenow global which is the current page. Checks
 * for the browser to set which one is currently being used.
 *
 * Detects which user environment WordPress is being used on.
 * Only attempts to check for Apache and IIS. Two web servers
 * with known permalink capability.
 *
 * @package WordPress
 */

But after it has been “hacked” there is encrypted text reading something like:

eval(base64_decode("JGxsbD0wO2V2YWwoYmFzZT....

So once again, Look here – Simply choose your WordPress version, go to WP-INLUDES, download Vars.php and replace the one on your server. Then update WordPress for better security.

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17 Responses to WordPress Error: The server XYZ at Magic Requires a Username and Password.

  1. xgv says:

    Thanks so much, at last a place where things are explained clearly. I fixed the problem in 10 secs.

  2. Ilan Kriger says:

    thanks so much!!! great tutorial, saved my life

  3. David Yeagley says:

    You should have the Nobel Peace Price

  4. esther says:

    thank you SOOO much! you really helped me a TON!!

  5. This was GREAT! Newbie to WordPress and this was just what the doctor ordered. many thanks.

  6. tony says:

    This is what being a great citizen in the internet is.. Having an issue solving it and letting other people know in case they get into the same circumstance.
    Many Thanks

  7. Fikret says:

    Thank you for this bug fixing.
    in Turkish: Ellerin dert görmesin : )

  8. thanks you good education

  9. Edgar says:

    Thanks so much. I kill the problem!

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  12. I went to save the post an error popped up reading:

  13. Here is a little surprise I received upon returning from vacation.

  14. Janey Nagel says:

    Update WordPress to the latest version!

  15. Marylyn says:

    Here is a little surprise I received upon returning from vacation. I was editing a blog and when I went to save the post an error popped up reading:

  16. Corazon says:

    Here is a little surprise I received upon returning from vacation.

  17. Machelle says:

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