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Latest News

Coppermine 1.4.14

Wednesday, November 7th, 2007

The coppermine gallery team have released a security update to version 1.4.14. This is a fix for (another) new XSS vulnerability – immediate update highly recommended.

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WordPress 2.3.1

Saturday, November 3rd, 2007

Following on from the new version 2.3 is a bug-fix release with some security implications. Although these seem to be fairly minor (eg. possible XSS vulnerability with register_globals on) if you’ve moved to 2.3 then you should now upgrade to 2.3.1.

There are no updates for the last version in the 2.2 branch (2.2.3) so if that’s what you’re on it’s probably safe to stay there for a while longer (but plan to update to 2.3.x soon):

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Vanilla 1.1.4

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007

There is a serious vulnerability in Vanilla 1.1.3 and below, allowing remote SQL injection. A security update has been released – upgrading requires just replacing the affected files, as listed on the Vanilla upgrade page.

With exploit code already published this is an urgent mandatory update – don’t delay!

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WordPress 2.3

Thursday, September 27th, 2007

Version 2.3 is a significant scheduled release with many new features. Although many bugs have been ironed out through several recent release candidates it’s likely that with all the new code there will be some problems still to find.

At the time of writing I don’t know of any security issues in the previous version 2.2.3 so the more cautious may prefer to keep this for a week or two… For those who prefer the latest and greatest:

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(Naturally, BurstOpen is now running on WordPress 2.3!)

SMF 1.1.4

Wednesday, September 26th, 2007

Simple Machines have released an update to the SMF forum – version 1.1.4. An update for the 1.0 branch (1.0.12) has also been released.

This is a bug-fix release and a required update. Users of version 1.1.x can update through the SMF admin center.

Vanilla 1.1.3

Monday, September 24th, 2007

Lussumo has released a new version of the minimal forum application Vanilla with  bug-fixes including at least one security fix (XSS vulnerability). This is a required update.

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Coppermine 1.4.13

Sunday, September 16th, 2007

The coppermine gallery team have released a security update to version 1.4.13. This is a fix for a new XSS vulnerability and a mandatory update.

Coppermine downloads page

WordPress 2.2.3

Monday, September 10th, 2007

This is a bugfix and security release including some high-priority fixes. Required update.

WordPress download page

WordPress 2.2.2

Tuesday, August 7th, 2007

This is a bugfix + security release and a required update.

WordPress download page

Opening only the top docking box

Wednesday, August 1st, 2007

This site makes extensive use of the clever Docking boxes (dbx) by Brothercake. Among the many setup options is the choice of default state – open or closed boxes – on the visitor’s first visit to a page. But I wanted something a bit different – the top box open and all others closed. The simplest way to achieve this is a tiny hack to the dbx.js file. Note that this file is compressed to reduce loading time (comments and whitespace removed), so edit with care, as follows:

Open the file with your favourite text editor and find “else if(!this.defopen”. A few characters further on look for “for(i=0; i<len; i++)”. Change that 0 to a 1 and you’re done!