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October 24, 2008

Core Switches and WordPress 2.6.3

So I woke up this morning to find my site working but also in need of an upgrade.

A vulnerability in the Snoopy library was announced today. WordPress uses Snoopy to fetch the feeds shown in the Dashboard. Although this seems to be a low risk vulnerability for WordPress users, we wanted to get an update out immediately. 2.6.3 is available for download right now. If you don’t want to download the whole release to get the security fix, you can download the following two files and copy them over your 2.6.2 installation.

  1. wp-includes/class-snoopy.php
  2. wp-includes/version.php
  3. WordPress ? Blog ? WordPress 2.6.3


Now a word about upgrading…
I typically update my sites using the WordPress Automatic Upgrade plugin (WPAU) and have found it to be very reliable. However, for some reason, one site refusses to cooperate even though all sites are hosted on the same plan. So I tried something different. For that site, I used InstantUpgrade plugin and it worked like a charm (once I deactivated WPAU). So if you are looking for easy ways to update your WordPress sites, try one of these two plugins. They are safe, reliable and fast.

Keep in mind that WordPress 2.7 is due out in early November and along with many backend changes, this feature will be built into the WordPress core. But in the mean time, these work well.

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