WordPress 2.8.5 Released – It is a Security Update

WordPress team has released the next version in WordPress 2.8 series as WordPress 2.8.5. We told you earlier that WordPress is working on WordPress 2.8.5 (Code name Milestone 2.8.5) and WordPress 2.9 (Code name Milestone 2.9). Now WordPress 2.8.5 is ready to download or upgrade which is nothing but a security update.

If you are thinking that what is new in WordPress 2.8.5 then here is the excerpt from WordPress release note:

The headline changes in this release are:

  • 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.

As per the release note of WordPress, they told that if you think that your blog is already hit by any suspicious code or security exploits then you should go ahead and scan your files and database using WordPress Exploit Scanner. Which is nothing but a plugin to scan the WordPress system and will notify you about the attack.

We will strongly recommend you to upgrade the your WordPress to the latest version i.e. WordPress 2.8.5 to have a secured setup. We are already covering WordPress 2.9 which is expected to come by end of November or early December 2009.

Sanjeev Mishra is a professional blogger and an Internet Marketing Consultant based in India. He has built the Internet Techies to provide you updates in technology and web application area.


  1. BlogrPro

    October 21, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    I have updated already and there is no problem in the update.

  2. Surender Sharma

    October 21, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    Hi sanjeev,
    I have upgraded the older to new.
    I think it is better than old version.

  3. abhi

    October 21, 2009 at 11:38 pm

    i already updated :)

  4. V.C

    October 22, 2009 at 2:23 am

    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.

  5. crazy blogger

    October 22, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    I have upgraded all my blogs and there is no problem while upgraging.

  6. Harsh Agrawal

    October 22, 2009 at 4:43 pm

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

  7. Himanshu

    October 22, 2009 at 10:53 pm

    This is a nice release from WordPress. DDOS attack via trackback relief is nice.I
    am eagerly waiting for the new version WordPress 2.9. It will be interesting to see
    what will come out from the WordPress box to its users.

  8. sandesh

    October 22, 2009 at 11:33 pm

    the update works fine. I have updated it and its all very fine.

  9. Andy Fitzpatrick

    October 23, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    Yeah I’ve updated and yet again everything was fine I still can’t believe how nice and easy WP is to update

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