Release 4.1 of WordPress came out on Friday so after some work to fit in with the Debian standards, the Debian package 4.1-1 of WordPress will be uploaded shortly. WordPress have also updated their themes with a 14-day early theme called twentyfifteen. This is the default theme for WordPress 4.1 on-wards.
The question a lot of people were asking was: What about stable (or Wheezy). After way too much time due to other pressing issues, I have just uploaded the patched WordPress debian package for stable. The fixed version has the catchy number of 3.6.1~deb7u5. This package has all of the relevant patches that went in from WordPress 3.7.4 to 3.7.5 and there are even CVE IDs for this package (and 4.0.1 which all this stems from).
WordPress recently released an update that had multiple security patches for their (then) current version 4.0. This release is 4.0.1 and includes important security fixes. The Debian packages got just uploaded, if you are running the Debian packaged wordpress, you should update to 4.0.1+dfsg-1 or later.
I am going to look at these patches and see if they can and need to be backported to wordpress 3.6.1. Unfortunately I believe they will be. I’m also asking it to be unblocked into Jessie as it is a security fix.
There was, at the time of writing, no CVE numbers.
Yesterday WordPress released version 4.0 or “Benny” of WordPress. I have now downloaded it and packed up for Debian users. The files just hit the ftp-master a few minutes ago and will then be distributed out to the various Debian mirrors.
The upgrade should go smoothly but you will probably need to upgrade the twentytwelve/twentyfourteen themes if you have them installed. It seems release 4.0 they also updated these themes.
My next Debian task for wordpress is to re-examine the permissions and locations of wp-content to see if we can have something that permits online updates of the plugins and themes but is still FHS compliant. I’ve also had some people report they have some installation problems, mainly around configuration and directories so let’s see if that can get fixed too.
WordPress released today a security release 3.9.2 which they fix several security issues, including a denial of service issue around XML. The corresponding Debian package 3.9.2+dfsg-1 is currently being uploaded to the Debian ftp-master server as I write this and should be available on the mirrors soon.
Unfortunately at the time of writing, there are no CVE identifiers to match these problems up with, but refer to the wordpress page for details about these bugs.
Andrew Nacin from WordPress has kindly outlined what versions are susceptible and it looks like the Debian squeeze (3.6.1+dfsg-1~deb6u4) and wheezy (3.6.1+dfsg-1~deb7u3) are vulnerable to at least some of these bugs which means for me its patch reading and back-porting time