Jetpack 2.9.3: Critical Security Update

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Jetpack version 2.9.3 contains a critical security update, and you should update your site and any you help manage as soon as possible.  You can update through your dashboard, or download Jetpack manually here .

During an internal security audit, we found a bug that allows an attacker to bypass a site’s access controls and publish posts. This vulnerability could be combined with other attacks to escalate access. This bug has existed since Jetpack 1.9, released in October 2012.

Fortunately, we have no evidence of this being used in the wild. However, now that this update is public, it’s just a matter of time before exploits occur. To avoid a breach, you should update your site as soon as possible. (The vulnerability has been disclosed on the MITRE Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures system as CVE-2014-0173.)

This is a bad bug, and Jetpack is one of the most widely used plugins…

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Longreads Joins the Automattic Family

Welcome to the family Longreads!

The Blog

Today we’re excited to announce that we are acquiring Longreads, the pioneering service that helps readers find and share the best longform storytelling around the world, for reading on mobile devices.

Over the last five years, Longreads and its community have created a new ecosystem for readers to find great in-depth stories, and for writers and publishers to distribute their best work over 1,500 words. Longreads will continue to do what it does best — recommending stories from across the Internet — and we are excited to have them join the team and continue in their commitment to serving readers.

Mobile reading and the appetite for longform content

As consumption has moved to mobile devices, there has been a growing hunger for longform content: phones and tablets are perfect for enjoying in-depth articles, and there are more moments than ever for readers to dig into a story —…

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I plan to write about my own thoughts and opinions on the mozilla CEO resignation thing, but there are a couple interesting pieces by Andrew Sullivan (Who uses WordPress VIP to host his WordPress site) that I would like to suggest reading. The Hounding of a Heretic by Andrew Sullivan Dissents of the day by Andrew Sullivan The Quality of Mercy by Andrew Sullivan What do you think?

This breaks my heart

I had the pleasure of meeting Eric Meyer once at a tech conference years and years ago. He most likely doesn’t remember me. I watched a couple of his talks over the years and respected him greatly. I heard the news regarding his 5 year old daughter having cancer, and it broke my heart, but these two blog articles were real tear jerkers.

“The Truth” by Eric Meyer
“The Evening” by Eric Meyer

Both are really good reads. My heart and prayers go out to Eric and his family. I can’t imagine what that must feel like, and I hope no one in my family and friends have to ever experience it.