March 3rd, 2007 by Keith

WordPress 2.1.2 – Avoid Dangerous WordPress 2.1.1

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The recent post I made about WordPress 2.1.1 has a new update. That WordPress version is considered dangerous as the files may include a security exploit that was added by a cracker, and all users should upgrade all the files to version 2.1.2 immediately.

This is the explanation provided by Matt (from WordPress development team):

This morning we received a note to our security mailing address about unusual and highly exploitable code in WordPress. The issue was investigated, and it appeared that the 2.1.1 download had been modified from its original code. We took the website down immediately to investigate what happened.

It was determined that a cracker had gained user-level access to one of the servers that powers wordpress.org, and had used that access to modify the download file. We have locked down that server for further forensics, but at this time it appears that the 2.1.1 download was the only thing touched by the attack. They modified two files in WP to include code that would allow for remote PHP execution.

This is the kind of thing you pray never happens, but it did and now we’re dealing with it as best we can. Although not all downloads of 2.1.1 were affected, we’re declaring the entire version dangerous and have released a new version 2.1.2 that includes minor updates and entirely verified files. We are also taking lots of measures to ensure something like this can’t happen again, not the least of which is minutely external verification of the download package so we’ll know immediately if something goes wrong for any reason.

If you are feeling concerned about other WordPress versions, then rest assure that no downloads were altered, except 2.1.1, so if you have downloaded any version of 2.0 you should be fine.

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WordPress 2.1.2

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