Category: Updates

WordPress updated to 5.2

The Notre Dame Sites network has been updated to 5.2.

About the release

Accessibility Updates

A number of changes work together to improve contextual awareness and keyboard navigation flow for those using screen readers and other assistive technologies.

New Dashboard Icons

Thirteen new icons including Instagram, a suite of icons for BuddyPress, and rotated Earth icons for global inclusion. Find them in the Dashboard and have some fun!

Plugin Compatibility Checks

WordPress will now automatically determine if your site’s version of PHP is compatible with installed plugins. If the plugin requires a higher version of PHP than your site currently uses, WordPress will not allow you to activate it, preventing potential compatibility errors.

WordPress updated to 5.1.1

This morning we updated WordPress to 5.1.1 which is a maintenance and security release.

The primary focuses of 5.1.1 are:

  • A pair of security fixes that handle how comments are filtered and then stored in the database.
  • Hosts can now offer a button for their users to update PHP.
  • The recommended PHP version used by the “Update PHP” notice can now be filtered.
  • Several minor bug fixes.

WordPress updated to 5.1

The Notre Dame Sites network has been updated to 5.1.

About the release: Following WordPress 5.0 — a major release which introduced the new block editor — 5.1 focuses on polish, in particular by improving the overall performance of the editor. In addition, this release paves the way for a better, faster, and more secure WordPress with some essential tools for site administrators and developers.

WordPress updated to 4.9.8

This morning we updated WordPress to 4.9.8 which is a maintenance and security release.

The primary focuses of 4.9.8 are:

  • Introduce “Try Gutenberg” callout
  • Privacy fixes/enhancements

This version includes 18 Privacy fixes focused on ensuring consistency and flexibility in the new personal data tools added in 4.9.6, including:

  • The type of request being confirmed is now included in the subject line for all privacy confirmation emails.
  • Improved consistency with site name being used for privacy emails in multisite.
  • Increased the test coverage for several core privacy functions.
  • Pagination for Privacy request admin screens can now be adjusted.

WordPress updated to 4.9.7

This morning we updated WordPress to 4.9.7 which is a maintenance and security release.

From the WordPress 4.9.7 release post, WordPress versions 4.9.6 and earlier are affected by one security issue. As part of the core team’s ongoing commitment to security hardening, the following security and maintenance fixes have been implemented:

  1. WordPress versions 4.9.6 and earlier are affected by a file deletion issue where a user with the capability to edit and delete media files could potentially manipulate media metadata to attempt to delete files outside the uploads directory.
  2. Taxonomy: Improve cache handling for term queries.
  3. Posts, Post Types: Clear post password cookie when logging out.
  4. Widgets: Allow basic HTML tags in sidebar descriptions on Widgets admin screen.
  5. Community Events Dashboard: Always show the nearest WordCamp if one is coming up, even if there are multiple Meetups happening first.
  6. Privacy: Make sure default privacy policy content does not cause a fatal error when flushing rewrite rules outside of the admin context.