WordPress 3.8.2 Security Update

WordPress has released a security update of its blog software. Any site running WordPress should update immediately by using the update feature located in the WordPress dashboard.

Sites that support automatic background updates will be updated to WordPress 3.8.2 within 12 hours. If you are still on WordPress 3.7.1, you will be updated to 3.7.2, which contains the same security fixes as 3.8.2. Older versions of WordPress do notĀ support the automatic upgrade feature.

If you have any questions or require assistance with this upgrade please open a support ticket at our help desk and we can assist.

Control Panel/FTP Password Resets

Our upstream provider Rackspace has been conducting security audits for cloud hosting. As a precautionary measure, it has become necessary to reset Laughing Squid control panel/FTP passwords.

If you are suddenly unable to access the control panel and/or FTP for your hosting account, then your password was reset. Do not worry, your website has not been compromised. There are just a few clicks and some basic information required to enter and regain access:

  1. Please go to your control panel and click Lost your password?. This will prompt you for your login Username and will send you an email containing instructions on how to reset your password. Keep in mind that your control panel and FTP login Username and password are identical.
  2. If you do not know your Username, click Don’t know your username? for retrieval.
  3. If you are unable to remember or obtain access to your login information, please contact us through the Help Desk for assistance.

Going forward, PLEASE USE STRONGER PASSWORDS. We have posted about strong passwords before. We strongly encourage using password management tools like 1password and Lastpass to help you store and use 12+ character count alphanumeric passwords that you don’t need to remember that will tremendously improve the overall security of your digital footprint.

WordPress 3.3.2 Security Update

WordPress has released a critical security update of its blog software. Any site running WordPress should be updated immediately by downloading the current version and following the upgrade instructions or automatically upgrading from the Tools > Upgrade page of your dashboard.

If you have any questions or require assistance with this upgrade please open a support ticket at our help desk and we can assist.

WordPress 3.3.1 Security and Maintenance Release

WordPress has released a critical security update of its blog software. Any site running WordPress should be updated immediately by downloading the current version and following the upgrade instructions or automatically upgrading from the Tools > Upgrade page of your dashboard.

If you have any questions or require assistance with this upgrade please open a support ticket at our help desk and we can assist.

WordPress 3.3

WordPress has released a major upgrade to version 3.3. Any site running WordPress should be updated immediately by downloading the current version and following the upgrade instructions or automatically upgrading from the Updates page of your dashboard.

New features include a drag-and-drop uploader, hover menus for navigation, a new toolbar, improved co-editing support, and a Tumblr importer. In addition, the postname permalink structure can now be used without a performance penalty.

If you have any questions or require assistance with this upgrade please open a support ticket at our help desk and we can assist.

TimThumb.php Critical Security Update

A critical security flaw was recently found in the timthumb.php image resizing script. This script is used in many WordPress themes and plugins and if left unpatched could allow malicious code to be inserted into a site. To fix this, contact your theme developer for an updated version, or you can replace the timthumb.php script with a new version yourself. See here for more details on this issue. A plugin is also available that can help you determine if your WordPress site is vulnerable to the TimThumb exploit.

If you have any questions or require assistance with this please open a support ticket at our help desk and we can assist.