The long awaited WordPress version 4.0, codenamed “Benny” in honour of jazz clarinettist and band leader Benny Goodman has been released.  While this does seem like a major release to some of us, since it includes a good amount of features easing the blog writers’ and blog managers’ tasks;  security advocates may feel let down that WordPress “Benny” seems to lack any security updates. Important to keep in mind however, that less than a month ago, the WordPress team released version 3.9.2, which addressed two WordPress security issues and provided additional security hardening.

It is recommended to upgrade to version 4.0 for the following reasons:

  • UI changes make it easier for bloggers to create new content
  • Provides a new plugin installation experience
  • It is always wise to use the latest version
  • WordPress 4.0 includes all the security updates included in WordPress 3.9.2

Unfortunately, the majority seem to be lagging behind when it comes to upgrading to the latest version of WordPress. Use Acunetix to confirm if your WordPress installation or WordPress plugins are secure. List of checks done by Acunetix on WordPress.

Nicholas Sciberras
Principal Program Manager
As the Principal Program Manager, Nicholas is passionate about IT security and technology at large. Prior to joining Acunetix in 2012, Nicholas spent 12 years at GFI Software, where he managed the email security and anti-spam product lines, led multiple customer service teams, and provided technical training.