WordPress under attack, Upgrade to WordPress 2.8.4

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The WordPress Team has confirmed that right now there is a worm making its way around old, unpatched versions of WordPress. This particular worm, registers a user and users a security bug to allow a code to be executed through the permalink structure and automatically makes itself the admin of the blog.

The worm then uses java script to hide itself when you look at the users page, attempts to clean up the damage and leaves unnoticed as if nothing ever happen while it inserts hidden spam and malware into your posts.

This sounds scary and I am not trying to scare you here, but the fact is that if you are using any other WordPress version other than the latest version 2.8.4, the above could happen to your blog.

The WordPress Team spends a lot of time and effort on fixing bugs to ensure your blog is not hacked , I recommend you to immediately update to the latest WordPress version 2.8.4 to avoid any hacks or bugs. It just takes one click to update to the new version automatically.

Download the latest WordPress Version 2.8.4

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  • Mathew Day September 9, 2009, 9:17 pm

    Wow, that is a little scary. Thanks for the heads up and will definitely upgrade now to the latest version of WP, thanks to you!
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  • Paul@earn money online September 10, 2009, 2:20 am

    I have alrady seen this post on Balkshi.
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  • Used mack trucks September 10, 2009, 3:16 am

    Yeah .. recently I am as well gone through this news.. If this is actual.. then it MUST have to fix asap.. else it will corrupt the whole systems..

  • Web Developer September 10, 2009, 9:13 am

    I ve updated it ….thanks ZK
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  • Seaward September 10, 2009, 10:17 am

    Sounds really bad, going to update my blog right now…
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  • game-girl September 10, 2009, 10:18 am

    Do they give you details anywhere on how to exactly hack? Hehe…..feeling a bit evil 😀
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  • Ste@free PS3 September 10, 2009, 1:24 pm

    Wow, I’ve noticed some strange behaviour on my blog lately. This must be the reason, thanks!
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    • paul September 10, 2009, 1:57 pm

      What kind of behavior?

  • earn money writing September 10, 2009, 1:53 pm

    thanks for sharing

    • paul September 10, 2009, 1:56 pm

      yes, thank you.

  • Chuggin@bunn coffee maker parts September 10, 2009, 3:39 pm

    That is scary! Thanks for the heads up on updating my Wordpress because I definitely do not want to get my blog hacked. I deal with spam enough as it is, so hacking would be devastating.

  • Bubba Moe September 10, 2009, 8:53 pm

    I am as well gone through this news.. If this is actual.. then it MUST have to fix asap.. else it will corrupt the whole systems..

  • Bubba Moe September 10, 2009, 8:53 pm

    Do they give you details anywhere on how to exactly hack? Hehe…..feeling

  • Mike Standing@Web Pop Site September 11, 2009, 5:14 pm

    You are quite right. As soon as you log onto the blog, especially the older versions you would notice the recent update suggestion box and phrase.

    The great thing about Wordpress is that the developing team is always working on providing more secure blogging environments powered by easy updates.
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  • travel guide September 12, 2009, 5:20 am

    well, I’m scared now. This is very dangerous
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  • Video September 12, 2009, 6:58 am

    Fortunely I’ve already upgrade to 2.8.4
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  • Essay September 12, 2009, 9:02 am

    My experience is very bad with Wordpress upgrade. I always ended up with some kind php error.

  • Bidet September 12, 2009, 12:34 pm

    Wow that is scary, thanks for the heads up. I wouldnt want that to happen to anyones blog.

  • wordpress hosting September 12, 2009, 4:33 pm

    I heard about this worm, I just upgraded my wordpress after reading this article, thank you so much for posting.

  • Pett September 12, 2009, 4:40 pm

    Everything dynamic and very positively! 🙂
    Pett

  • Sell House Fast September 14, 2009, 12:48 am

    Thanks for sharing about latest update!

  • DotComSecrets Review September 14, 2009, 5:14 am

    I had seen same post some where. I don’t remember where i see. But thanks for this nice update.
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  • Lee Ka Hoong September 14, 2009, 7:35 pm

    Hey ZK, thanks for telling me about this and I didn’t notice what was the problem happened on my blog last 2 weeks! 2 weeks ago, my blog’s permalink structure became messy and all the blog post can’t be access, then I checked and noticed that my permalink structure had been changed, so I edited it and it was back to normal.

    Seems that I really need to upgrade to WP2.8.4 already.

    Regards,
    Lee
    .-= Lee Ka Hoong´s last blog ..No More PageRank Sculpting! =-.

    • Lee Ka Hoong September 16, 2009, 8:31 am

      ZK, I wonder is there any tutorial that teaches how to upgrade to WP2.8.4 manually? I’ve yet to find the tutorial because I remembered that there was a tutorial when I upgraded to WP2.7.

      Regards,
      Lee

  • Kit Homes September 14, 2009, 10:15 pm

    Thanks for the heads up on updating my Wordpress because I definitely do not want to get my blog hacked. I deal with spam enough as it is, so hacking would be devastating.

  • kitchen taps September 15, 2009, 5:46 am

    This is really nice update of wordpress, I am going to upgrade 2.8.4

  • web design September 15, 2009, 4:06 am

    Well I always recommend to update your blogs even if there is no such threat. Because with the updates you keep yourself updates and also this carry positive impression in the eyes of your visitors or clients.

    So keep update the latest version.
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  • jim@Webinar providers September 15, 2009, 7:46 am

    this is great to read .i already updated it.i just love word press.

  • Sharmaine | Brochure Printing September 15, 2009, 6:52 pm

    Sounds like Wordpress is having problems lately. First with the formatting, linking and now it was under attack.

  • Jacques @ Web Design September 16, 2009, 4:40 am

    Go figure that WordPress will be targeted by hackers and spammers, seeing that it is such a popular platform. Kudos to the WordPress team for being so quick to identify and solve issues like this with updates.

  • Lee Ka Hoong September 17, 2009, 1:34 am

    I’ve upgraded to V2.8.4 without any problem, I was happy that I didn’t face any problem while upgrading yesterday. So my blog is safe now! 🙂

    Regards,
    Lee

  • DotComSecrets Review September 17, 2009, 2:31 am

    Wordpress’s new version is very nice. Its much better than last one.
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  • Volksphone September 17, 2009, 5:47 pm

    Thanks for this introduction it seems the international bloggers have to fight more attacks as the german blogs. In germany the attacks are not so massive like in us. But i will update it immediately.

    best regards and thx
    Volksphone!
    .-= Volksphone´s last blog ..Usability-Schnelltest für die eigene Firmenwebsite =-.

  • game-girl September 18, 2009, 12:28 am
  • Bubba Moe September 20, 2009, 10:02 pm

    Thanks for the heads up on updating my Wordpress because I definitely do not want to get my blog hacked. I deal with spam enough as it is, so hacking would be devastating.

  • Kit Homes September 20, 2009, 10:08 pm

    Hey??
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  • Kit Homes September 20, 2009, 10:12 pm

    I’ve noticed some strange behaviour on my blog lately. This must be the reason, thanks!

  • mike@easy payday loans September 21, 2009, 3:59 pm

    This is one of the reasons I am considering using another blogging platform. There is always a need to upgrade and once you do half your plugins no longer work or your theme gets screwed. It gets kind of annoying!!

  • Free Proxy - SoftSurf.info September 22, 2009, 10:37 am

    Thanks for letting me know about this update 🙂