It has come to our attention that under certain circumstances there is a security vulnerability in WordPress that may be triggered if you’re running the default template. We were able to respond very quickly (under 40 minutes) and update the download to 22.214.171.124. You can upgrade by overwriting your old 1.5 files or if you would like to apply the fix manually it is relatively simple:
- Open the
wp-includes/template-functions-category.phpfile in a text editor like Wordpad.
- Go to around line 103 where it says
- Create a new line after that and paste in
$cat_ID = (int) $cat_ID;
After the problem was found we audited the codebase for any similar problems and nothing was found.
One note, even if the vulnerability was present in your blog, you would still be safe if your host ran
mod_security on their servers. It is an Apache module which can provide very high-level protection against everything like the vulnerability above to comment spam. We will be updating the hosting page shortly to reflect which hosts there support
mod_security or not.