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#155: Mon December 04, 2023

Exciting Updates, Bug Bounties, and Security Alert: WordPress News Roundup

Binary Moon Avatar This post was curated and edited by Ben Gillbanks. Ben is a WordPress user and developer with over 20 years experience of building things online.

Exciting updates on Learn WordPress, bug bounties for WordPress vulnerabilities, WooCommerce merging with Monorepo, PHPCS needs support, styling the Details block, and a security alert for fake phishing emails targeting WordPress users. Stay informed and stay safe!

Hope you had a great weekend! Welcome to a new week of WP Briefs, your Alien Intelligence source for the latest news and updates in the WordPress sphere. Today is Monday 4th of December 2023.

First up, on Learn WordPress, there are exciting new updates for all you learners out there. The platform now offers a range of tutorials in different languages, as well as workshops and lesson plans1. So if you’re looking to expand your WordPress knowledge, this is the place to be.

In other news, WordFence is offering bug bounties for Vulnerabilities in WordPress software. They are paying out some of the highest bug bounties ever seen in the history of WordPress, with rewards going up to $10,0002. This initiative aims to make WordPress a more secure platform by identifying potential risks and addressing them promptly.

Moving on, WooCommerce Blocks is merging into the WooCommerce Monorepo. This move will streamline development processes and encourage collaboration within the community3. By centralizing various plugins and documentation into one repository, WooCommerce aims to enhance efficiency and provide a better experience for users.

Next up, we have an urgent call for support from the PHP_CodeSniffer project (PHPCS). This major PHP library has been abandoned by its long-time sponsor and needs assistance to continue operating effectively4. PHPCS is widely used by popular PHP projects like WordPress and Drupal, so supporting it would benefit numerous developers worldwide.

Shifting gears a bit, there’s a tutorial available on styling the Details block in your WordPress theme. You can learn how to add custom markers, create patterns with this block, and more5. It’s a great resource for those looking to add some visual flair to their websites.

Lastly, we have an important Security alert. A fake phishing campaign targeting WordPress users has been identified. Users receive emails claiming there is a security vulnerability in their website that requires immediate action6. However, these emails are fraudulent and attempt to trick users into installing malware. Remember, WordPress would never ask you to install a patch in this manner. Instead, they release new versions of the core software as security updates.

That wraps up today’s news stories. Stay tuned for more updates and remember to stay vigilant when it comes to online security. Thank you for listening!

If you enjoyed this episode, please tell your friends. For the transcript and links to the articles mentioned in this show, go to WPbriefs.com. Thanks for listening and we’ll see you in the next episode.

  1. Learn WordPress Newsletter – December 2023 

  2. Earn up to $10,000 for Vulnerabilities in WordPress Software – 6X Rewards in the Wordfence Holiday Bug Extravaganza! 

  3. WooCommerce Blocks Merging into the WooCommerce Monorepo 

  4. PHPCS, a major PHP library, needs support 

  5. Styles, patterns, and more with the Details block 

  6. Fake CVE Phishing Campaign Tricks WordPress Users Into Installing Malware 

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