WordPress 2.8.5 Is Out

By Daniel Scocco

I was thinking that the next WordPress version to be released would be the 2.9.0, but there is another one from the 2.8 family out there, the 2.8.5. According to the official WordPress blog this is not an urgent upgrade, but it has the goal of hardening your install, so upgrading is recommended. Here are the four main features introduced:

  • A fix for the Trackback Denial-of-Service attack that is currently being seen.
  • Removal of areas within the code where php code in variables was evaluated.
  • Switched the file upload functionality to be whitelisted for all users including Admins.
  • Retiring of the two importers of Tag data from old plugins.

Stay tuned for 2.9.0 which should be coming out next month as well. This one should bring some cool new features for WP users.




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29 Responses to “WordPress 2.8.5 Is Out”

  • Oscar – freestyle mind

    Thanks for the heads up Daniel!

  • Zeesu

    nice.i think wordpress 2.9 will be out in dec.

  • Hesham

    Thank you for the news, I have upgraded already!

  • John Samuel

    Thanks for the update

  • Nicholas Z. Cardot

    Thanks for the update. I noticed that it was in my dashboard notifying me to upgrade, but I hadn’t checked out what new features were in this version yet so I haven’t upgraded yet. I see that I’m not missing much so I’ll just do it whenever I get around to it. Thanks for the information.

  • Keith Davis

    2.8.5? Seems only a few weeks since we had 2.8.4.

    Does”hardening your install” mean that it will help protect your blog?

    I’d better stop moaning and get on with the upgrade.

  • Jeremiah Hoyet

    WordPress updates so much it makes my head spin. I think it’s something like 2-4 updates a month.

  • V.C

    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.

  • Rocky Garcia

    Just wondering, what are the changes implemented on 2.8.5?

  • Robomaster

    @Rocky, Daniel wrote the four changes in the post:

    -A fix for the Trackback Denial-of-Service attack that is currently being seen.
    -Removal of areas within the code where php code in variables was evaluated.
    -Switched the file upload functionality to be whitelisted for all users including Admins.
    -Retiring of the two importers of Tag data from old plugins.

    Nothing huge, just slimming down WordPress a little (which is a very good thing – keeps it from getting bloated over time!)

    Can’t wait for 2.9.0 to come out – I tried out the beta and it’s amazing: has some rudimentary photo editing features and more!

  • Robomaster

    @Jeremiah: Isn’t that a good thing?

  • DanielthePoet

    I updated some of my sites today. Will update the 2nd tier sites later this week.

    Any ideas what’s coming with 2.9?

  • Rocque

    Now I know what I will be doing this weekend. Updating my blogs.
    Thanks for the news.

  • Gabe | freebloghelp.com

    @Rocque: you must have a lot of blogs b/c updating takes about 5 seconds.

  • Miguel Wickert

    Daniel,

    The WP folks are amazing. It’s hard to believe what WordPress is capable of and a lot of people still don’t know about it. How’s that Make Money Blogging ebook? Maybe I should just find out for myself. 🙂 Thanks!

  • Ben

    If version 2.9 is due out in about 6 weeks, why upgrade to 2.8.5? I think I’ll wait.

  • Harsh Agrawal

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

  • Daniel Scocco

    @Keith, yeah “hardening” means making your blog more secure.

    @Miguel, the book is going fine, a lot of downloads.

  • Marty Sullens

    Is it just me or has WordPress been releasing a ton of new versions recently?

    But I guess I cannot complain, updating is super easy and love the new security features 🙂

  • Zeesu

    well it good .5 came out but i am eagerly waiting for 2.9 like others

  • rhbee

    I refer you to your own post. You might remember the point I made then about this sort of constant changing/upgrading actually driving me away from wp and back to blogspot where you don’t need a host, or a storage facility, and rarely have to worry about your blog theme not being congruent with the system. Though I’m guessing you must be quite busy because your responses to posters who question what is going on with this upgrade business are not very complete.

  • Munawar AM

    According to Matt : “The only thing that I can promise will keep your blog secure today and in the future is upgrading”.

    It’s true?

  • Olivia

    I upgraded and can’t upload videos now. I get an error stating that the file exceeds security limits. Since my site is set up for a video class, this is a huge problem!

  • rhbee

    So Daniel, where are you on this subject? Still tied to the three layer host, php, server idea? Still defending wordpress even though their forum is backlogged with the complaints of those people who didn’t sign on to become frustrated computerists but actually to blog?

  • hokya

    after 2.8 that have core changes in “Forgot Password” etc, is the new 2.9 also have some of core changes ?

  • Kainsmoney

    @ Munawar AM , Yes its , better try to keep the latest Word Press upgrade .

  • Keith Davis

    Just upgraded.
    Was feeling a bit uneasy about using 2.8.4 with 2.8.5 out and all the talk about attacks on WordPress sites. Had to wait a couple of weeks for cPanel / Fantastico to put up the latest version.

    I upgrade via cPanel… any advice on the best way to upgrade? Is wordpress auto upgrader better than cPanel?

  • Keith Davis

    Like I said, just upgraded to 2.8.5 and as night follows day… 2.8.6 comes out.
    Oh well, if it’s all about security I suppose I’ll have to bite the bullit.

  • Kainsmoney

    Hey Keith , Im not sure about Fantastico , i did it in some second , Log in my word press blog , my cpanel , then i did hit upgrade , will give me the ip of my host , all you need to fill is your username and password and thats all 🙂

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