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#164: Fri December 15, 2023

Exciting Updates from Gravatar, WordPress Vulnerability Report, and More!

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.

Welcome to WP Briefs, daily WordPress news in 3 minutes or less. In this episode, we cover updates from Gravatar, protecting WordPress against DDoS attacks, the weekly WordPress Vulnerability Report, highlights from the State of the Word event, and the latest version of Wordfence CLI. Stay informed and check out the related links for more details.

Hello and welcome to WP Briefs, your Artificial Intelligence source for the latest news and updates in the WordPress sphere. Today is Friday 15th of December 2023.

First up, we have some exciting updates from Gravatar. They have introduced a new Profile Editor along with three new profile fields and enhanced Privacy settings for all users. If you visit their website, you might notice some design improvements to public profile pages in the coming weeks. They also have more exciting things in store that they can’t share just yet, but they’re eager to hear your thoughts and feedback 1.

Next, let’s talk about protecting WordPress against DDoS attacks. Cloud development comes with its own set of challenges, one of them being how to safeguard your applications from Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks. These attacks aim to disrupt the regular functioning of a website or network by overwhelming it with a flood of traffic from multiple sources. The article provides practical strategies on how to protect WordPress against these types of attacks 2.

Moving on, WordFence Intelligence has released its weekly WordPress Vulnerability Report for the period between December 4th and December 10th, 2023. The report highlights that there were 109 Vulnerabilities disclosed in 98 WordPress Plugins and 10 WordPress Themes during this time frame. Additionally, there were 33 Vulnerability Researchers who contributed to WordPress Security last week. It’s important for website owners to review these vulnerabilities and take necessary measures to ensure their sites are not affected 3.

Now let’s discuss the State of the Word event that took place in Madrid recently. During this event, Josepha Haden Chomphosy, Matias Ventura, and Matt Mullenweg delivered presentations on various topics related to WordPress. One noteworthy announcement was Mullenweg’s introduction of the “Data Liberation” initiative. This project aims to promote data portability and encourage users to migrate from closed platforms to open ones like WordPress. It’s a positive step forward for the platform and provides new tools to facilitate these types of migrations 4.

Lastly, we have an update from Wordfence regarding their CLI (Command Line Interface) tool. They have released version 2.1.0 of Wordfence CLI, which includes two exciting new capabilities. First, users can now receive email summaries of scan results for both malware and vulnerability scans. This feature has been highly requested and allows users to stay informed about any security issues. Second, they have added a non-interactive configuration option that enables Wordfence CLI to be deployed at scale by operations teams using configuration management systems. These updates aim to make it easier for administrators to manage large networks efficiently 5.

That wraps up today’s news stories. Remember to check out the related links in the show notes for more information on each topic.

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  1. Introducing An All New Gravatar Profile Editor - link 

  2. How to Protect WordPress Against DDoS Attacks - link 

  3. Wordfence Intelligence Weekly WordPress Vulnerability Report (December 4, 2023 to December 10, 2023) - link 

  4. Will Data Liberation Grow WordPress? - link 

  5. Wordfence CLI 2.1.0 Adds Email Capability and Unattended Configuration - link 

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