July 11th, 2009 by Keith

WordPress 2.8.1 Official Release

Posted in Fun Stuff, Linux, Mac OS, Site News, Web Apps, Windows

A few days ago, WordPress releases the next version of WordPress 2.8.1, in which this version fixes several bugs and strengthen the security for plugin administration pages. One of the flaws was discovered by Core Security Technologies, who informed WordPress that admin pages added by some plugins can be viewed by unprivileged users, resulting in leakages of secured information.

There are also a couple of changes in this version:

  • * Certain themes were calling get_categories() in such a way that it would fail in 2.8. 2.8.1 works around this so these themes won’t have to change.
  • * Dashboard memory usage is reduced. Some people were running out of memory when loading the dashboard, resulting in an incomplete page.
  • * The automatic upgrade no longer accidentally deletes files when cleaning up from a failed upgrade.
  • * A problem where the rich text editor wasn’t being loaded due to compression issues has been worked around.
  • * Extra security has been put in place to better protect you from plugins that do not do explicit permission checks.
  • * Translation of role names fixed.
  • * wp_page_menu() defaults to sorting by the user specified menu order rather than the page title.
  • * Upload error messages are now correctly reported.
  • * Autosave error experienced by some IE users is fixed.
  • * Styling glitch in the plugin editor fixed.
  • * SSH2 filesystem requirements updated.
  • * Switched back to curl as the default transport.
  • * Updated the translation library to avoid a problem with mbstring.func_overload.
  • * Stricter inline style sanitization.
  • * Stricter menu security.
  • * Disabled code highlighting due to browser incompatibilities.
  • * RTL layout fixes.

It is highly recommended that users upgrade to this version of WordPress on their sites.

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WordPress 2.8.1

One Response to “WordPress 2.8.1 Official Release”

  1. Site Upgraded to 2.8.1 | Secret from a Knight's Journal Says:

    [...] Realising that WordPress has recently release its latest version, I took no chance at compromising my site on information leakage and upgraded the blog to WordPress 2.8.1. [...]

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