It’s time to update WordPress

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WordPress 4.9.1 Security and Maintenance Release

WordPress 4.9.1 is now available. This is a security and maintenance release for all versions since WordPress 3.7. We strongly encourage you to update your sites immediately.

WordPress versions 4.9 and earlier are affected by four security issues which could potentially be exploited as part of a multi-vector attack. As part of the core team’s ongoing commitment to security hardening, the following fixes have been implemented in 4.9.1:

  1. Use a properly generated hash for the newbloguser key instead of a determinate substring.
  2. Add escaping to the language attributes used on html elements.
  3. Ensure the attributes of enclosures are correctly escaped in RSS and Atom feeds.
  4. Remove the ability to upload JavaScript files for users who do not have the unfiltered_html capability.

Thank you to the reporters of these issues for practicing responsible security disclosureRahul Pratap Singh and John Blackbourn.

Eleven other bugs were fixed in WordPress 4.9.1. Particularly of note were:

  • Issues relating to the caching of theme template files.
  • A MediaElement JavaScript error preventing users of certain languages from being able to upload media files.
  • The inability to edit theme and plugin files on Windows based servers.

This post has more information about all of the issues fixed in 4.9.1 if you’d like to learn more.

Spearhead Multimedia clients, as well as all Wordpress users, may contact us to perform the update for you.

Always hire a professional.

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hacked-wordpress-site

When an inexperienced person attempts to build a website, this can easily happen.

The old adage, “You get what you pay for.” came into play recently when a potential client contacted us after deciding to let some cheapo “web developers” build her site.  They not only built a horribly bad looking, difficult to navigate site, they did nothing for security.  The result:  A site that is now distributing malware.  To top it off, it’s hosted on GoDaddy antique servers and probably infiltrating even deeper.  There are certain things of which you should not take the cheap route, you’ve all heard it before.  When you cheap with how you represent yourself and/or your business, it never does anyone any good.  Buy smart, do your research.

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