EMERGENCY: WordPress 2.1.1 Hacked, Upgrade Released

Tell your friends!

Please, please, please go and upgrade your blogs right now if you are using WordPress 2.1.1. As Matt outlines, a hacker managed to gain access to the Automattic server with the file downloads and modified core files. The entire 2.1.1 version has been declared compromised and unsafe. Please heed this warning and go download 2.1.2 right now.

Update: Please direct all questions regarding this breach to 21securityfaq@wordpress.org.

That is all.

Author: Aaron Brazell

Aaron Brazell is a Baltimore, MD-based WordPress developer, A Sr. Web Enginner at 10up, a co-founder at WP Engine, WordPress core contributor and author. He wrote the book WordPress Bible and has been publishing on the web since 2000. You can follow him on Twitter, on his personal blog and view his photography at The Aperture Filter.

  • http://www.afeedisborn.com Cathy Perkins

    Thank you – Thank you.

    While I generally keep up with stuff from WordPress, I have been in the middle of several projects including a new WP install for a client! This definitely includes that install since it was done yesterday. I’ve already downloaded the upgrade and am getting ready to install it.

    Thank you again for this post.

  • http://www.uncovertheinternet.com Jason

    How about just the 2.1 version? Is it safe? My host doesn’t have the latest versions available for download yet.

  • http://www.technosailor.com/the-technosailor/ Aaron Brazell

    Well, 2.1 is better than 2.1.1. I’d still prefer it if you installed 2.1.2 as there were other fixes from 2.1 to 2.1.1.

  • http://www.100yen.co.uk/ Jonic

    Cheers Aaron… It might have taken me a few days to have noticed that if you hadn’t have brought it to my attention…

    I should really get MU going for my 100yen blogs; It would save a lot of hassle with this upgrading business…

  • http://www.supportsmb.com CIO Jerry

    I’d appreciate more details to verify the 2.1.1 is a compromised version or not. Such details (and regular release notes) are somewhat lacking for wordpress.org releases, in my opinion.

  • http://www.afeedisborn.com Cathy Perkins

    Here is a link to the WordPress Development blog to verify the version: http://wordpress.org/development/2007/03/upgrade-212/

  • http://www.technosailor.com/the-technosailor/ Aaron Brazell

    The entire 2.1.1 version has been declared unsafe. Therefore, you should assume your version is compromised if you run 2.1.1. The details are publically accessible on the blog of the security guy who reported the issue. WordPress is not going to report the details as that would endorse the roadmap to exploit. That would be stupid. :)