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Two New WordPress Releases

Announcing not one, but two new WordPress releases: WordPress 2.0.9 (for the 2.0 branch), and WordPress 2.1.1 (for the 2.1 branch). Both versions include fixes for a minor XSS (cross-site scripting) attack vector, plus various other small bugfixes. Due to the possible security bug, all users are urged to upgrade to the newest appropriate version. See the announcement on the Development Blog for full details.

For those of you who may be confused about why there are two versions being updated in parallel, here’s a quick rundown: for WordPress to be available as an official package for Debian Linux, we made a commitment to maintain the 2.0 branch through 2010. Also, the 2.0 series still supports older versions of MySQL, while the continued development for WordPress 2.1 and beyond requires (currently) MySQL 4.0 or higher.

Also, the very observant among you might have noticed that there was no version 2.0.8 release. We went straight from 2.0.7 to 2.0.9. What happened? Well, we were just about to release 2.0.8, it was even tagged in svn and the package was available for download, but the official announcement was delayed while some new servers were being installed. Then the last XSS hole was brought to our attention, so we had to go ahead and bump the version number again for the new changes. Now you’re prepared to win the bonus round when you play WordPress Trivia. 😉

In related news, I’ve split the WordPress announcements on Freshmeat.net into two branches, to reflect the stable support for the 2.0 line and continued development for 2.1+. If you aren’t familiar with Freshmeat, it’s a service where software projects can announce their latest releases. If you sign up for an account, you can even get email notification of whichever projects you would like to subscribe to. If you would like to use Freshmeat to track WordPress releases, you can visit the project pages for WordPress 2.0 and WordPress 2.1.

About Dougal Campbell

Dougal is a web developer, and a "Developer Emeritus" for the WordPress platform. When he's not coding PHP, Perl, CSS, JavaScript, or whatnot, he spends time with his wife, three children, a dog, and a cat in their Atlanta area home.
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5 Responses to Two New WordPress Releases

  1. Ajay says:

    Hi,

    I’ve made two update files for those moving from 2.0.7 to 2.0.9 and 2.1 to 2.1.1.

    Do check it out

  2. Jonathan says:

    I found out the other day that if you get your WP via the SVN stable trunk, you can get the next version a couple days before the announcement.

    I botched my install about a week ago, and as it takes only six strokes of the keyboard to get a fresh install, I figured “what the heck.” svn up

    When logging into the control panel to check if everything was functioning correctly, I noticed “v2.1.1–RC1” in the footer.

    That was kind of scary at first, but it worked out okay. A couple days later I svn up‘d again and lo-and-behold I had v2.1.1, two days before the release announcement. So there you go.

  3. Listerator says:

    Why is it that I upgrade to a version, and the next day, a new version pops up outta nowhere – this time I waited a while after 2.1 was released, to no good.

  4. Chris says:

    HAHA I love updates! I also waited to upgrade then 2.1 now some more upgrades. I don’t mind though.

  5. uzjeta says:

    She was somewhere in jeans and hardly uttered a gasp. As photo art erotique fast as it.

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