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WordPress 2.8.5 Out The Door

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WordPress 2.8.5 has officially been tagged and is now available for download. If you don’t see the upgrade nags in your administration panel already, give it a few hours and upgrade when it becomes available. This release has been dubbed a security hardening release meaning, more preventive measures have been taken to secure WordPress. Worthy of note though is an issue that was addressed dealing with a trackback spam denial of service attack which was discussed on the WP-Hackers mailing list the other day. This exploit takes advantage of the WP-Trackback.php file which would exhaust a servers resources when used. This has specifically been addressed in 2.8.5. Thanks goes out to Steve Fortuna for releasing a fix to this 0 day exploit. The release also contains a few bug fixes as well.

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  1. Viper007Bond (91 comments.) says:

    You can trigger an update check by visiting Tools -> Upgrade.

    • Jeff Chandler (171 comments.) says:

      So by default, it’s run by a cron job but every time someone visits the upgrade page manually it triggers the cron job to run?

  2. Jason (1 comments.) says:

    Thanks for the note Jeff…looks like I better get with the program and update!

  3. Aries (1 comments.) says:

    Thanks, I just update my WP to 2.8.5

  4. PB says:

    Great news!

    Any move to prevent RFI and LFI attacks?

    It’s quite a pain to regularly find the header and footer files being crammed with spammy links.

    Thanks

  5. Kjetil (7 comments.) says:

    Many plugins are “compatible up to 2.8.4″ – should we expect they all work with WP 2.8.5 as well?
    Thanks

    • Tom (2 comments.) says:

      I was wondering the same thing as well. Nevertheless, glad to hear there’s an update focusing on security.

  6. V.C (44 comments.) says:

    Not quite sure what they changed in this new version.
    I think upgrading to 2.8.5 is not necessary.

    • Jessi says:

      You’re kidding right?

      • V.C (44 comments.) says:

        I don’t understand why they released the new version so quickly after the last update 2 months ago.
        I don’t see any changing in this new version. It’s not really necessary to upgrade.

        • Jessi says:

          You don’t think that the security hardening is worth the upgrade? That’s just crazy to me. I take my blogs seriously & would take no chance at getting hacked.

    • Joe (1 comments.) says:

      It might help if you read the article before commenting – it explains what the upgrade does and why it might be a good idea to use it. Still, your choice. I hope you avoid any nasty DoS attacks.

  7. Farnham says:

    Why am I getting this error?

    Fatal error: Allowed memory size of 33554432 bytes exhausted (tried to allocate 2354671 bytes) in /home/grinbear/public_html/catahoula/wp01/wp-includes/http.php on line 1327

    • gestroud says:

      Add this line to your wp-config.php

      define(‘WP_MEMORY_LIMIT’, ’64M’);

      • Farnham says:

        Thanks, worked like a champ.

      • Denis (4 comments.) says:

        Hi there gestroud, i don’t know if you can help me but im gonna try and ask…

        i get this error, i tried adding the above line but didnt fix the issue.

        the error i get is this:

        Fatal error: Allowed memory size of 33554432 bytes exhausted (tried to allocate 7680 bytes) in /home2/______/public_html/______/wp-includes/class-simplepie.php on line 13014

        can you give me any idea on how to fix this one?

        already searched google :S didn’t find nothing helpful!

      • Denis (4 comments.) says:

        hi there gestroud, i got an error too

        I tried what you suggested above but didn’t fixed it :S

        Any idea?

        this is the error i get:
        Fatal error: Allowed memory size of 33554432 bytes exhausted (tried to allocate 7680 bytes) in /home2/eklipsi/public_html/test/wp-includes/class-simplepie.php on line 13014

        thanks,
        denis

        • gestroud says:

          @denis,

          Were you able to get the problem fixed?

          • Denis (4 comments.) says:

            nope i still get that error….

            maybe the problem is @ my host (maybe it does not allow me to increase the PHP memory limit)

            can that be the problem?

          • Benjamin Ballinger (2 comments.) says:

            The issue is that in his code the apostrophes got messed up. Please replace his ’ with ‘ and it will work perfectly!

          • Benjamin Ballinger (2 comments.) says:

            Hmm… the apostrophe got messed up again, just open the wp-config file in notepad, and paste what he had in there, and then replace the “Word-style” apostrophes with regular apostrophes using your keyboard. The regular apostrophe should be a straight up and down line, no curve to it like the ones in this example.

      • Jerry Kidd (1 comments.) says:

        Where do I find the wp-config.php file? I’ve looked in the theme editor and also used FireFtp to exam the files on the server but I am clueless.

        • Kjetil (7 comments.) says:

          On the root of your site (or in a sub folder if you have placed your WP installation there).
          Download it via ftp – and make a copy before you upload an edited version – just in case something goes wrong.
          (And: Don’t use Word to edit it, use some non-destructive text editor – like TextWrangler for Mac. Sorry I don’t know the name for a Windows program)
          Kj

  8. Hicham Maged (36 comments.) says:

    Everything went smooth by upgrading via Dashboard.

    • Tom (2 comments.) says:

      Yep, same here… quick and easy update. The only thing I needed to “address or fix” was the ‘pluggable.php’ file in the ‘wp-includes’ folder so emails from my blog have my blog name not the default “WordPress.”

      Line 352 changed $from_name = ‘WordPress'; to $from_name = ‘My Blog Name';

  9. Ryan says:

    I just upgraded and I can’t post anything.. keeps timing me out.. I did a database repair and default config.. what’s the deal?

  10. Steve (1 comments.) says:

    Seems like a fairly minor release but worth updating anyway.

  11. Harsh Agrawal (8 comments.) says:

    Saw this update Yesterday and the first thing which I did
    was Backup my Db and updated the wordpress. Though wordpress are releasing very quick update.. :|

  12. Frank Lynch (3 comments.) says:

    is it really need to update new version every time, because what happens, after updating, we do loose some wizards or addons that are not supported by new version and so i ewww to change them every time and modify them

  13. hamroblog (1 comments.) says:

    Schedule post Problem is same In New verson ! it’s surprize . I am much upsate from that.



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