WordPress 4.0.1 for Debian

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.

WordPress 4.0 for Debian

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 3.9.2 for Debian

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


WordPress 3.9.1

The Debian package of WordPress version 3.9.1 was uploaded to the ftp master recently.  While the update was pretty simple, the upload took a lot more doing. I’m not sure why the Debian ftp-master server didn’t like me, but it was so slow. Strangely, even dcut uploads were slow and they are only a few lines of text.

Apologies for the delay too, I’m not sure why I didn’t notice the update from 3.9 to 3.9.1 but there you go.

The other change is that the package uses the system CA certificates rather than the ones pre-shipped with wordpress. This is done so that if the administrator makes decisions on what certificates to trust, then the wordpress client http libraries will follow that decision.

WordPress update needed for stable too

Yesterday I mentioned that wordpress had an important security update to 3.8.2  The particular security bugs also impact the stable Debian version of wordpress, so those patches have been backported.  I’ve uploaded the changes to the security team so hopefully there will new package soon.

The version you are looking for will be 3.6.1+dfsg-1~deb7u2 and will be on the Debian security mirrors.

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