WordPress heeft bekendgemaakt dat er een nieuwe versie van zijn weblogscript beschikbaar is gesteld. WordPress is een open weblogsoftware die onder de gpl-licentie valt. De software kan naar eigen zeggen binnen vijf minuten draaien op een computer waarop PHP en MySQL staat. Naast het 'bloggen' is het ook mogelijk om WordPress uit te breiden door middel van plugins en themes. Het gaat dit keer om een beveilingsupdate vanwege het feit dat een onbekende cracker de bestanden van versie 2.1.1 had aangepast op de servers van WordPress. De aankondiging ziet er als volgt uit:
WordPress 2.1.1 dangerous, Upgrade to 2.1.2
Long story short: If you downloaded WordPress 2.1.1 within the past 3-4 days, your files may include a security exploit that was added by a cracker, and you should upgrade all of your files to 2.1.2 immediately.
Longer explanation: This morning we received a note to our security mailing address about unusual and highly exploitable code in WordPress. The issue was investigated, and it appeared that the 2.1.1 download had been modified from its original code. We took the website down immediately to investigate what happened.
It was determined that a cracker had gained user-level access to one of the servers that powers wordpress.org, and had used that access to modify the download file. We have locked down that server for further forensics, but at this time it appears that the 2.1.1 download was the only thing touched by the attack. They modified two files in WP to include code that would allow for remote PHP execution.
This is the kind of thing you pray never happens, but it did and now we’re dealing with it as best we can. Although not all downloads of 2.1.1 were affected, we’re declaring the entire version dangerous and have released a new version 2.1.2 that includes minor updates and entirely verified files. We are also taking lots of measures to ensure something like this can’t happen again, not the least of which is minutely external verification of the download package so we’ll know immediately if something goes wrong for any reason.
Finally, we reset passwords for a number of users with SVN and other access, so you may need to reset your password on the forums before you can login again.