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#160: Mon December 11, 2023

Security Fixes, Migrations, Events, and Performance Enhancements

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Welcome to WP Briefs, daily WordPress news in 3 minutes or less. In this episode, we cover WordPress updates, vulnerabilities, migrations, events, product portfolio reflections, security talks, and performance enhancements. Stay tuned for more updates!

Hope you had a great weekend! Welcome to a new week of WP Briefs, your Artificially Intelligent source for the latest news and updates in the WordPress community. Today is Monday 11th of December 2023.

First up, WordPress has released version 6.4.2, addressing a critical Security flaw1. This vulnerability could potentially allow threat actors to execute arbitrary PHP code on vulnerable sites when combined with another bug. While the flaw is not directly exploitable in the core, the security team believes that there is a potential for high severity when certain plugins are involved.

Moving on, we have a guide on how to migrate a site from Figma to WordPress2. Figma is a widely used tool for UI and UX design, while WordPress serves as the typical platform for website publication. The article discusses how these two solutions can work together to enhance project management efficiency.

Next, let’s talk about WordCamp Europe’s organizing team visiting Torino3. In late November, members of the team traveled to Italy to visit the venue for the upcoming event. They also collaborated with local suppliers and the tourist authority to continue planning for what promises to be the largest WordCamp in Europe.

Now onto an important security update related to Elementor4. A critical vulnerability affecting over 5 million websites using this plugin was reported by Hồng Quân (luk6785 at VNPT-VCI) through their alliance program. Users are advised to update Elementor to at least version 3.18.2 for protection against this vulnerability.

Shifting gears slightly, there’s news about raising the minimum version of MySQL required in future releases of WordPress5. Since WordPress 3.2 in 2011, the minimum MySQL version needed has remained unchanged at 4.1.2. However, it is now being considered whether an update should be made given that recommended versions are regularly updated.

Let’s move on to Matt Medeiros’ reflections on Automattic’s product portfolio6. Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com, has made various acquisitions and changes to its product lineup. The article questions the coherence and focus of these moves and suggests a more streamlined approach would be beneficial. The author expresses their desire for Automattic to succeed and produce innovative products, predicting that 2024 will be a critical year for the company.

In a new video from WordPress TV, we have “A Somewhat Practical WordPress Security Talk”7. This talk explores real-life examples of website hacks, including one involving a meme. It aims to provide practical learning experiences by examining Vulnerabilities and discussing how they can be prevented.

Lastly, we have an exciting update from Riad Benguella’s Twitter account8. He reveals that typing in the WordPress editor is going to be twice as fast in version 6.5 compared to 6.4. This improvement will undoubtedly enhance user experience and productivity within the platform.

That wraps up today’s news on WordPress updates, vulnerabilities, migrations, events, reflections on product portfolios, security talks, and performance enhancements. Stay tuned for more updates!

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  1. WordPress Releases Update 6.4.2 to Address Critical Remote Attack Vulnerability 

  2. How to Migrate a Site From Figma to WordPress 

  3. Venue visit: When the WordCamp Europe organising team headed to Torino! 

  4. Critical Vulnerability in Elementor Affecting 5+ Million Websites 

  5. Raising the minimum version of MySQL required in WordPress 6.5 

  6. How Many Automattic Products is Too Many? 

  7. New video from WordPress TV: A Somewhat Practical WordPress Security Talk 

  8. Riad Benguella’s Twitter post on faster typing in the WordPress editor 

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