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             AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution

                     WordPress 5.0.1 Security Release
                             13 December 2018


        AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary

Product:           WordPress
Publisher:         WordPress project
Operating System:  Windows
                   UNIX variants (UNIX, Linux, OSX)
Impact/Access:     Increased Privileges     -- Existing Account      
                   Delete Arbitrary Files   -- Existing Account      
                   Cross-site Scripting     -- Existing Account      
                   Access Confidential Data -- Remote/Unauthenticated
Resolution:        Patch/Upgrade

Original Bulletin: 

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WordPress 5.0.1 Security Release

Posted December 13, 2018 by Ian Dunn. Filed under Releases, Security.

WordPress 5.0.1 is now available. This is a security release for all versions
since WordPress 3.7. We strongly encourage you to update your sites

Plugin authors are encouraged to read the 5.0.1 developer notes for information
on backwards-compatibility.

WordPress versions 5.0 and earlier are affected by the following bugs, which
are fixed in version 5.0.1. Updated versions of WordPress 4.9 and older
releases are also available, for users who have not yet updated to 5.0.

  * Karim El Ouerghemmi discovered that authors could alter meta data to delete
    files that they weren't authorized to.
  * Simon Scannell of RIPS Technologies discovered that authors could create
    posts of unauthorized post types with specially crafted input.
  * Sam Thomas discovered that contributors could craft meta data in a way that
    resulted in PHP object injection.
  * Tim Coen discovered that contributors could edit new comments from
    higher-privileged users, potentially leading to a cross-site scripting
  * Tim Coen also discovered that specially crafted URL inputs could lead to a
    cross-site scripting vulnerability in some circumstances. WordPress itself
    was not affected, but plugins could be in some situations.
  * Team Yoast discovered that the user activation screen could be indexed by
    search engines in some uncommon configurations, leading to exposure of
    email addresses, and in some rare cases, default generated passwords.
  * Tim Coen and Slavco discovered that authors on Apache-hosted sites could
    upload specifically crafted files that bypass MIME verification, leading to
    a cross-site scripting vulnerability.

Thank you to all of the reporters for privately disclosing the vulnerabilities,
which gave us time to fix them before WordPress sites could be attacked.

Download WordPress 5.0.1, or venture over to Dashboard - Updates and click
Update Now. Sites that support automatic background updates are already
beginning to update automatically.

In addition to the security researchers mentioned above, thank you to everyone
who contributed to WordPress 5.0.1:

Alex Shiels, Alex Concha, Anton Timmermans, Andrew Ozz, Aaron Campbell, Andrea
Middleton, Ben Bidner, Barry Abrahamson, Chris Christoff, David Newman,
Demitrious Kelly, Dion Hulse, Hannah Notess, Gary Pendergast, Herre Groen, Ian
Dunn, Jeremy Felt, Joe McGill, John James Jacoby, Jonathan Desrosiers, Josepha
Haden, Joost de Valk, Mo Jangda, Nick Daugherty, Peter Wilson, Pascal Birchler,
Sergey Biryukov, and Valentyn Pylypchuk.

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