WordPress ANOTHER update!

UPGRADE to WordPress 4.9.1

This update is a Security and Maintenance release, fixing 11 bugs and 4 security holes, so go get it now. If you want to read what the specific changes are, read the changlog: https://make.wordpress.org/core/2017/11/28/wordpress-4-9-1-scheduled-for-november-29th/ basically, this is the list:

  • #42573: File caching affecting users’ ability to use the plugin and theme file editors.
  • #42574: MediaElement upgrade causing JS errors when certain languages are in use.
  • #42579: Incorrect logic in extract_from_markers().
  • #42454: Unable to translate Codex URL in theme editor.
  • #42609: Theme editor cannot edit files when running on a Windows server.
  • #42628flatten_dirlist() doesn’t play nice with folders with numeric names.
  • #42634DB_HOST socket paths with colons not parsed correctly.
  • #42641: On multisite upgrade the wp_blog_versions table doesn’t get updated
  • #42673: Themes page throws console error when there is only one installed theme.

In addition, one fix for a bug introduced in WordPress 4.7 will be included in 4.9.1:

  • #42242lang attribute in the admin area doesn’t reflect a user’s language setting.
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WordPress 4.9 Released

WORDPRESS VERSION 4.9 UPDATE RELEASED

Be sure to update your WordPress sites and keep them secure. (and get all the wonderful additional features they add in major version releases). Today version 4.9, nick-named “Tipton” was released. It has a lot of new features, new widgets, a lot of customizer improvements, coding enhancements, and much more, GO READ ABOUT IT if you are interested. It is sitting there on your dashboard, waiting for you to run the update, so take the 5 minutes and go do it. Don’t forget to backup both the files and the database first, so if something on your site for some reason is not compatible, you can restore it to the prior configuration.

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WordPress Plugin Removed From Repository for Crypto Mining Script

So I haven’t posted in a while. And I’m not sure how this type of formatted post will display on Facebook, so it’s kind of test.

Anyway, today I found some information that is kind of different, and I think you will find it very interesting. Today, WordFence (a security plugin authoring company) blogger wrote about a plugin that was taken down from the WordPress repository. It was a plugin called “Animated Weather Widget by weatherfor.us ” and what it did on the website frontend where it was installed, I don’t really know. But it’s what it did in the background/backend that is very interesting. Apparently this plugin ran a script that installed an iframe script that basically turned the whole PC into a crypto currency mining computer, using ALL the resources of any client computer that visited a website that had the plugin installed. Now you should understand that the website owners themselves had no knowledge of this, so you can’t really fault them. Eventually they will discover (hopefully) that the plugin no longer exists (or hopefully they will test their own site) and will remove it from their site, but if you ever go a website, and your computer fan starts running like crazy, then you are going to want to leave that website immediately.

If you want to go read the whole amazing story, you can go here and read it on the WordFence website, but I downloaded the amazing story on video for you : WordPress Plugin Banned for Crypto Mining

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