WordPress 5.4.2 Security and Maintenance Release
Original source article by Jake Spurlock from News – Security – WordPress.org
WordPress 5.4.2 is now available!
This security and maintenance release features 23 fixes and enhancements. Plus, it adds a number of security fixes—see the list below.
These bugs affect WordPress versions 5.4.1 and earlier; version 5.4.2 fixes them, so you’ll want to upgrade.
If you haven’t yet updated to 5.4, there are also updated versions of 5.3 and earlier that fix the bugs for you.
WordPress versions 5.4 and earlier are affected by the following bugs, which are fixed in version 5.4.2. If you haven’t yet updated to 5.4, there are also updated versions of 5.3 and earlier that fix the security issues.
- Props to Ben Bidner of the WordPress Security Team for finding an open redirect issue in wp_validate_redirect().
- Props to Nrimo Ing Pandum for finding an authenticated XSS issue via theme uploads.
- Props to Simon Scannell of RIPS Technologies for finding an issue where set-screen-option can be misused by plugins leading to privilege escalation.
- Props to Carolina Nymark for discovering an issue where comments from password-protected posts and pages could be displayed under certain conditions.
Thank you to all of the reporters for privately disclosing the vulnerabilities
. This gave the security team time to fix the vulnerabilities before WordPress sites could be attacked.
One maintenance update was also deployed to versions 5.1, 5.2 and 5.3. See the related developer note
for more information.
You can browse the full list of changes on Trac
For more info, browse the full list of changes on Trac or check out the Version 5.4.2 documentation page
WordPress 5.4.2 is a short-cycle maintenance release. The next major release will be version 5.5
You can download WordPress 5.4.2 from the button at the top of this page, or visit your Dashboard → Updates
and click Update Now
If you have sites that support automatic background updates, they’ve already started the update process.
Thanks and props!
In addition to the security researchers mentioned above, thank you to everyone who helped make WordPress 5.4.2 happen:
, M Asif Rahman
, Jb Audras
, Ayesh Karunaratne
, Delowar Hossain
, Rob Migchels
, Ehtisham Siddiqui
, Emilie LEBRUN
, Gabriel Maldonado
, Hector F
, Ian Belanger
, Aaron Jorbin
, Mathieu Viet
, Javier Casares
, Joe McGill
, Jono Alderson
, Tammie Lister
, Kjell Reigstad
, Mayank Majeji
, Mel Choyce-Dwan
, Mukesh Panchal
, Nikhil Bhansi
, Dominik Schilling
, Arslan Ahmed
, Peter Wilson
, Carolina Nymark
, Stephen Bernhardt
, Sam Fullalove
, Alain Schlesser
, Sergey Biryukov
, Daniel Richards
, Toni Viemerö
, Timothy Jacobs
, Jake Spurlock
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