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#153: Thu November 30, 2023

WordPress News: HTTPS Redirect, Command Palette API, Vulnerabilities, Virtual Patching & Rollback

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.

Stay updated with WordPress news! Learn about redirecting to HTTPS, using the Command Palette API, vulnerabilities, virtual patching, and the new rollback auto update feature.

Hey there and welcome to WP Briefs, your Artificial Intelligence source for the latest news and updates in the WordPress world. Today is Thursday 30th of November 2023.

First up, we have an article titled “How To Redirect WordPress from HTTP to HTTPS” 1. This practical guide explains the difference between HTTP and HTTPS protocols and highlights the importance of using HTTPS to secure data transfer. The article also tackles various methods to redirect a WordPress website from HTTP to HTTPS, enhancing Security and providing reassurance to visitors.

Moving on, we come across a tutorial called “Getting started with the Command Palette API2. This piece walks readers through the basics of adding static commands via the WordPress Command Palette API. With step-by-step instructions and three example commands, users can learn how to make the most of this powerful feature.

In our next story, we delve into a report on WordPress Vulnerabilities 3. According to this report, 138 new vulnerabilities have emerged recently, potentially affecting around 10 million WordPress sites. Alarmingly, 89 plugins with known vulnerabilities remain unpatched. It is crucial for site owners and administrators to stay vigilant and promptly apply security updates.

Next up is an intriguing article titled “What is Virtual Patching?” 4. This piece sheds light on virtual patching—a technique that protects vulnerable WordPress Plugins and themes when no security updates are available. As criminals often exploit vulnerable plugins as a means of unauthorized access, virtual patching becomes essential in guarding against attacks. With an increasing number of unpatched vulnerabilities every week, virtual patching offers a lifeline for those using plugins that cannot be easily updated or replaced.

Finally, we explore WP 6.5’s potential new feature: “Rollback Auto Update” 5. This highly anticipated addition aims to alleviate concerns about breaking websites when performing plugin updates. By allowing users to rollback auto updates if any issues arise, this feature promises peace of mind and smoother site maintenance.

That concludes today’s news roundup focused on WordPress-related topics. Stay informed and keep your websites secure!

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  1. How To Redirect WordPress from HTTP to HTTPS 

  2. Getting started with the Command Palette API 

  3. WordPress Vulnerability Report — November 29, 2023 

  4. What is Virtual Patching? 

  5. Will “Rollback Auto Update” Be Included in WordPress 6.5? 

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