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Thom Craver

New Version of WordPress Released

Thom Craver
New Version of WordPress Released

Take note, WordPress users!

A new version of the popular CMS has been released this morning. Version 4.2.4 is a security release for all previous versions. According to the announcement, this release fixes six different security issues and you should upgrade immediately.

Three of the issues are known as cross-site scripting vulnerabilities. These kind of security holes could open your website up to an attack where the attacker could change code inside your Web pages. This could include malicous JavaScript that attempts to download malware or changing the content of your site.

The other type of security hole in the 4.2.4 release is known as an SQL injection. This type of hole allows an attacker to change the information in your back-end database. This could include content, user information, even passwords.

Several other bugs have also been fixed, including some theme preview issues and navigation menu bugs.

Keeping up on security is most important. Most recent website attacks have seen hackers taking over a site to distribute their malware. Most site owners don't even realized they've been compromised, as the attackers leave very little traces. Yet, your site could be distributing malware, which could have serious implications with modern browsers.

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To upgrade, simply navigate to the Dashboard area your admin area, and click "Update Now" under the Updates tab. WordPress will do the rest.

Image credit: Canva, Chrome & WordPress

Thom Craver is an international speaker, digital strategist, author and adjunct professor. He specializes in SEO and Web analytics. His last article for SEMrush was "Getting Started With Local SEO."

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