WordPress 3.4.2 Maintenance and Security Release arrived today, and it’s time to update.
This is both a maintenance and security release, therefore it is mandatory, not optional.
Recently, I wrote about keeping WordPress updated for security reasons, and I’m singing the same song again.
Don’t wait. Don’t hesitate. Use the automatic, one-click update feature.
In less than 30 seconds (for most sites), your WordPress site will be updated and protected from most security issues (can’t help the idiots with dumb passwords and untrustworthy associates). Until these types of updates are automatic, seamless, and invisible, and they are getting close to needing to be, take 30 seconds and save yourself hours if not days of hair-pulling stress and costly unpaid hours of labor and wishing you’d spent 30 seconds.
If you think that I’m just making noise, check out this list of WordPress Security Threats for august 2012, which includes issues with WordPress Plugins mostly, and great links to discussions on WordPress security such as the recent presentation of WordPress Security – Cutting Through The BS by Toni Perez of Sucuri at WordCamp Chicago.
NOTE: For those having issues with Custom Fields in WordPress, there is a known bug in 3.4.2 with custom fields and this WordPress Plugin has the hotfix to rsolve the issue.