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WordPress Update Breaks Automatic Update Feature—Apply Manual Update


WordPress administrators are Once more in trouble.

WordPress style 4.9.3 was released earlier This specific week with patches for a total 34 vulnerabilities, yet unfortunately, the completely new style broke the automatic update mechanism for millions of WordPress websites.

WordPress team has right now issued a completely new maintenance update, WordPress 4.9.4, to patch This specific severe bug, which WordPress admins have to install manually.

According to security site WordFence, when WordPress CMS tries to determine whether the site needs to install an updated style, if available, a PHP error interrupts the auto-update process.

If not updated manually to the latest 4.9.4 style, the bug would certainly leave your website on WordPress 4.9.3 forever, leaving This specific vulnerable to future security issues.

Here’s what WordPress lead developer Dion Hulse explained about the bug:

“#43103-core aimed to reduce the number of API calls which get made when the auto-update cron task is actually run. Unfortunately, due to human error, the final commit didn’t contain the intended effect along with instead triggers a fatal error as not all of the dependencies of find_core_auto_update() are met. For whatever reason, the fatal error was not discovered before 4.9.3’s Discharge—This specific was a few hours after Discharge when discovered.”

The issue has since been fixed, yet as reported, the fix will not be installed automatically.

Thus, WordPress administrators are being urged to update to the latest WordPress Discharge manually to make sure they’ll be protected against future vulnerabilities.

To manually update their WordPress installations, admin users can sign into their WordPress website along with visit Dashboard→Updates along with then click “Update right now.”

After the update, make sure that will your core WordPress style is actually 4.9.4.

However, not all websites being updated to the faulty update have reported seeing This specific bug. Some users have seen their website installed both updates (4.9.3 along with 4.9.4) automatically.

Moreover, the company released two completely new maintenance updates This specific week, yet none of them includes a security patch for a severe application-level DoS vulnerability disclosed last week that will could allow anyone to take down most WordPress websites even with an individual machine.

Since WordPress sites are often under hackers target due to its wide popularity from the content management system (CMS) market, administrators are advised to always keep their software along with plugins up-to-date.

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