Upgrade WordPress – Now!

WordPress 2.8.5 is now out and if you haven’t upgraded yet, like the title says – upgrade WordPress – now! I have around thirty sites that run WordPress so upgrading for me is a bit of a laborious project. If you only have one or two WordPress sites get them upgraded ASAP.

So why would you want to upgrade? Here’s a list of the main changes in this release:

  • A fix for the Trackback Denial-of-Service attack that is currently being seen.
  • Removal of areas within the code where php code in variables was evaluated.
  • Switched the file upload functionality to be whitelisted for all users including Admins.
  • Retiring of the two importers of Tag data from old plugins.

Upgrading software is one of the most overlooked security provisions. Most people don’t think about this until it is too late. If you want to hear a first-person account of this just read my post from last month when my blog was hacked: My Blog has been Hacked!

It’s not too late – upgrade WordPress – now!

{ 9 comments… add one }

  • Mojito October 20, 2009, 7:41 pm

    Is there a way to automate upgrades?

    • Morgan October 20, 2009, 7:45 pm

      Good question! I’ve never looked-into – does anyone else know? That would be very useful – I like the way you think 🙂

  • Jason from GoDrops.com October 20, 2009, 7:52 pm

    If you’re running multiple blogs (10 or more), then it probably makes sense to use WPMU. To upgrade all your blogs, just unzip the new wordpress archive into your current install location and run the [upgrade] option from the admin menu… done and done.

    • Morgan October 20, 2009, 9:09 pm

      Very cool – didn’t know something like this existing! Thanks! Who knew I could learn so much from my own post!! 🙂

  • bobsyouruncle October 20, 2009, 8:27 pm

    • Morgan October 20, 2009, 9:09 pm

      Perfect – thanks for sharing!

  • Domaining October 21, 2009, 12:14 am

    The auto upgrade function is very easy. If you plan on going to Wordpress MU then be sure to check the compatibility of your plugins beforehand.

  • Harsh Agrawal October 22, 2009, 4:25 am

    Saw this update Yesterday and the first thing which I did
    was Backup my Db and updated the wordpress. Though wordpress are releasing very quick update.. 😐

    • Morgan October 22, 2009, 8:19 am

      I know – they really have been releasing a lot of updates lately!! Hard to keep-up!


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