The WordPress 5.0.1 release went live December 13, 2018
This release contained a lot of security updates that will effect anyone who has 4.9 or lower. It also included a lot of bug fixes for the lower versions. With this being a bigger update, that means a lot of the plug ins updated as well.
So, when you log in and your updates menu lights up like a Christmas tree.
When ever WordPress does a large update it is very normal for the plugins to update and you can auto update plugins if you would like too.
When you auto update plugins you just have to keep an eye on your WordPress versions and make sure you update WordPress before the new plugin or sometimes it cause the plugin to crash.
But back to the new WordPress release.
Below you will find a summed up list of the IMPORTANT new updates and the wonderful people who reported it discretely so we all wouldn’t get hacked;
- Karim El Ouerghemmi discovered that authors could alter meta data to delete files that they weren’t authorized to.
- Simon Scannell of RIPS Technologies discovered that authors could create posts of unauthorized post types with specially crafted input.
- Sam Thomas discovered that contributors could craft meta data in a way that resulted in PHP object injection.
- Tim Coen discovered that contributors could edit new comments from higher-privileged users, potentially leading to a cross-site scripting vulnerability.
- Tim Coen also discovered that specially crafted URL inputs could lead to a cross-site scripting vulnerability in some circumstances. WordPress itself was not affected, but plugins could be in some situations.
- Team Yoast discovered that the user activation screen could be indexed by search engines in some uncommon configurations, leading to exposure of email addresses, and in some rare cases, default generated passwords.
- Tim Coen and Slavco discovered that authors on Apache-hosted sites could upload specifically crafted files that bypass MIME verification, leading to a cross-site scripting vulnerability.
HERE is the link to the WordPress release page which will give you more information on the security fixes.
I hope this helped, let me know if you would like to see more posts like this or just marketing information.