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WordPress 2.6.3

When I dipped in to upgrade some plugins this evening, my dashboard kindly told me that I needed to upgrade from WordPress 2.6.2 to WordPress 2.6.3. Get the latest version here.

In short, it seems that the library used to fetch the dashboards feeds, named Snoopy, has a vulnerability and this upgrade fixes that.

So, if you are running WordPress 2.6.2 or earlier (especially if you are running an earlier version) then you should upgrade soonest.

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WordPress 2.6 & Spam Karma 2

It’s been a while since I wrote anything here, but here are two important announcements for anyone running the .org version of WordPress.

WP Logo and Spam Karma 2 Button

Firstly, WordPress 2.6 is now out.  There are, as usual, lots of new things in this release and they ae all listed here.  One thing I noticed is that I have had to add to my .htaccess file because all my previous URLs stopped working.  For example, the URL to this post is http://www.lostaddress.org/2008/07/17/wordpress-26-spam-karma-2/ and under the previous release of WP, the URL would have been http://www.lostaddress.org/index.php/2008/07/17/wordpress-26-spam-karma-2/ – spot the difference?  If you were using a similar method, make sure you check your links!  So download it, install it and check out the changes (and fix things where necessary).

Secondly, the excellent Spam Karma 2 plugin has been sort of discontinued.  The plugin creator and developer, Dr Dave, no longer has enough time to dedicate to the development of the plugin.  Instead, he has opened up a Google Code page and is looking for others to continue the delopment of the project.  If you have the mad skillz and time required, please contact Dr Dave. The plugin is now released under the GPL version 2.

For anyone using the plugin, or planning to use it, all you need to know is that it hasn’t had significant work done to it in quite some time (apart from keeping up with WordPress releases) and it still works as well as ever.  Spam Karma 2 is an excellent anti-spam tool which gives a great alternative to Akismet.  I’ve been using it for ages and have only had to worry about the occasional manual spammer.

So, not terribly exciting, but informative.