Wordpress Security Update

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A group of security flaws have been found and fixed in Wordpress - Wordpress website owners need to be aware and take action.

What has happened?

This alerts was issued yesterday (April 21st 2015) on the Wordpress site.

A number of wordpress extensions were written in a manner which allowed attacks to penetrate the web site.  These are called an "XSS Vulnerabilities".  In the usual manner Wordpress has advised the developers, who should all have created updated versions of their plugins with the flaw fixed.   They then advise us and you, the web developers and web site owners, in order that we can apply these fixes.

What should you do?

Q: When is an error not an error?

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A: When it's a warning

We have noticed a number of clients upgrading to new PHP5.4 servers and then finding all sorts of "errors" being reported in previously working code. The issue is not that the code has actually stopped working, but that their new server has error reporting set to report everything, including PHP warnings when the old server happily ignored the anything at Warning level or below.

In this blog I'll describe to you how to set up your error reporting properly and how to tweak your code to run happily on PHP5.4...

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