Update 081509: The “Magic” hack had a sleeper cell. See comments below from Xavier and Nichele. I think I fixed the residual problem, and I will write a detailed post documenting what I did. For now, if you’re curious, leave a comment below, and I’ll let you know when documentation is posted.
Update 073109 at 4:30 p.m.: After breathing into a paper bag and learning about the vars.php file, I’m halfway back after my “Magic” hack attack. See the WordPress support forum for details. Yokima rocks!
Original post 073109I have a problem with authentication in one of my WordPress sites. I can log into the dashboard. I can save a post once. But when I try to save the post again or publish it, I get the authentication window seen in the screenshot below. My admin username and password do not work in this window. When I cancel the window, I get a page that says “Access Denied.” So now I cannot publish posts on this WordPress site.
This is the first time I’ve encountered this authentication window in 2 years of managing the site with WordPress. I have not encountered it yet on my other WordPress sites on the same web host.
Is this an issue with WordPress or with the web host, Bluehost?
The authentication window below states: The site says: “Magic” — What does that mean?
Any solutions or suggestions?