WordPress 3.8.1 Updates Open-Source CMS
One of the world's most widely deployed content management systems gets a silent, automated update.Millions of open-source WordPress administrators around the world were greeted with emails today, telling them that their WordPress installations were automatically updated. "Howdy! Your site at [http://sitename.com] has been updated automatically to WordPress 3.8.1.," is the automated message sent from WordPress installations that many administrators received. "No further action is needed on your part." The open-source WordPress content management system (CMS) project officially released its 3.8.1 update on the evening of Jan. 23 and provided users with bug fixes and stability updates. The 3.8.1 release is the first update to the WordPress 3.8 platform, which was originally released in mid-December 2013. While WordPress administrators needed to manually update their sites from the WordPress 3.7 branch to the 3.8 release, the update for 3.8.1 for many sites is being performed entirely automatically. The automatic update feature first debuted in the WordPress 3.7 release that came out in October 2013, enabling incremental security and bug fix releases to be rapidly deployed. The 3.8.1 update is an incremental update and, as such, qualifies for the automated update treatment.
The WordPress 3.8.1 update provides 31 bug fixes, none of them explicitly tagged as security-related. That said, at least one bug fix does have to do with security. WordPress provides the ability to integrate with Twitter via the Twitter API. Until last week, Twitter did not enforce Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) security as a mandatory requirement for all connections to its API. It's a change that WordPress 3.8.1 is now embracing.