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                         AUSCERT Security Bulletin

                               ASB-2009.1041
               Version 2.8.3 of Wordpress has been released
                               4 August 2009

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        AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary
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Product:              Wordpress 2.8.1 and prior
Operating System:     UNIX variants (UNIX, Linux, OSX)
                      Windows
Impact/Access:        Increased Privileges   -- Remote/Unauthenticated
                      Access Privileged Data -- Remote/Unauthenticated
Resolution:           Patch/Upgrade
Member content until: Thursday, September  3 2009
Reference:            ESB-2009.1035.2

OVERVIEW

        A number of vulnerabilities have been identified in Wordpress 2.8.1 
        and prior.


IMPACT

        These vulnerabilities, if exploited, could allow a user to gain
        elevated priveleges. [1]


MITIGATION

        The vendor recommends downloading the latest version of Wordpress or
        upgrading automatically from within the package. [1]


REFERENCES

        [1] WordPress Blog - WordPress 2.8.3 Security Release
            http://wordpress.org/development/2009/08/wordpress-2-8-3-security-release/

AusCERT has made every effort to ensure that the information contained
in this document is accurate.  However, the decision to use the information
described is the responsibility of each user or organisation. The decision to
follow or act on information or advice contained in this security bulletin is
the responsibility of each user or organisation, and should be considered in
accordance with your organisation's site policies and procedures. AusCERT
takes no responsibility for consequences which may arise from following or
acting on information or advice contained in this security bulletin.

If you believe that your computer system has been compromised or attacked in 
any way, we encourage you to let us know by completing the secure National IT 
Incident Reporting Form at:

        http://www.auscert.org.au/render.html?it=3192

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Australian Computer Emergency Response Team
The University of Queensland
Brisbane
Qld 4072

Internet Email: auscert@auscert.org.au
Facsimile:      (07) 3365 7031
Telephone:      (07) 3365 4417 (International: +61 7 3365 4417)
                AusCERT personnel answer during Queensland business hours 
                which are GMT+10:00 (AEST).
                On call after hours for member emergencies only.
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