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SEO Blogs Hacked & WordPress 2.0.7 To The Rescue

Posted on 17th January, 2007


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In just over a week or so after the release of WordPress 2.0.6, version 2.0.7 is now available for download. It’s recommended that everyone upgrade to this latest version.

Recently a bug in certain versions of PHP came to our attention that could cause a security vulnerability in your blog. We’re able to work around it fairly easily, so we’ve decided to release 2.0.7 to fix the PHP security problem and the Feedburner issue that was in 2.0.6. It is recommended that everyone running WordPress 2.0.6 or lower upgrade to this new version.

Because this is a much smaller update than previous versions, you do not have to update all of WordPress’ files if you’re upgrading from version 2.0.6.

Here is the list of files that have changed since 2.0.6:

* wp-admin/inline-uploading.php
* wp-admin/post.php
* wp-includes/classes.php
* wp-includes/functions.php
* wp-settings.php
* wp-includes/version.php

We know it sucks to have a release only 10 days after our last one, but we think it’s important enough for your blog to be secure to do it, and hopefully only having to change a few files will make the upgrade easier than normal.

The vulnerability in the previous version of WordPress was exploited by a hacker who had been attacking several SEO blogs. The hit list include

MattCutts.com
SpamHuntress.com
Shoemoney.com
pronetadvertising.com
forumtrends.com
askdavetaylor.com
ha.ckers.or
v7n.com
seoblackhat.com
boogybonbon.com
syndk8.com
stuntdubl.com
wolf-howl.com
seopedia.com
digg.com
techcrunch.com
johnchow.com
seobook.com
pearsonified.com

Below is the snapshot taken from Boogybonbon of what the hacker had to say.

hacked-list.jpg

Could it be that the hacker is associated with at least one of the site on the hit list? Perhaps it’s a way for him to gain attention and traffic from the SEO community. I don’t know but that’s not impossible.

This vulnerability should be fixed in the 2.0.7 word press upgrade.

Victor
 

An engineer by training, Victor has been working full-time online as an Internet marketer, a programmer and an app developer since 2001. He has been blogging at Sabahan.com since 2006 sharing his experience and teaching people how to make money online. Click here to join his private Facebook Group for bloggers.

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