Google Warns Webmasters About Flaws

Search engine giant Google ( announced via its blog on Thursday it plans to warn webmasters of any possible security vulnerabilities as part of a free service within its Webmaster Tools.

In the blog, posted by Patrick Chapman of Google's search quality team and Matt Cutts, a Google software engineer, Google says it will run a test that alerts select webmasters of any security holes within their content management system or publishing platform that could make them vulnerable to hackers.

The company will start by warning five to six thousand webmasters, leaving messages for the owners of potentially hackable sites in the Google Message Center.

Those webmasters who have not signed up for Webmaster Tools can always sign up at a later time where they will be able to view the saved messages that Google has left for their site.

Google will start the test with an older version of WordPress, 2.1.1, which is known to be susceptible to security exploits. Providing that the test is successful, the company will then expand these alert messages to include other software on the Web.

The Google blog also includes an example of the kind of message that a webmaster running WordPress 2.1.1 will find in their Message Center, which can be viewed here.

In July, Google began allowing qualifying domain host worldwide to integrate Google Webmaster Tools directly into their hosting accounts, helping users optimize their sites for Google searches.

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