[wp-hackers] WordPress 3.0.3

Mitch Canter mitch at mitchcanter.com
Wed Dec 8 21:08:52 UTC 2010

Perfect.  Just was I was asking for.

Thanks as always, Nacin :)


> From: wp at andrewnacin.com
> Date: Wed, 8 Dec 2010 16:00:02 -0500
> To: wp-hackers at lists.automattic.com
> Subject: Re: [wp-hackers] WordPress 3.0.3
> 2010/12/8 Mitch Canter <mitch at mitchcanter.com>
> >
> > Sorry, maybe I mis-spoke as to what I meant.
> >
> > I know that there's release posts and changesets, but I mean more of a
> > "security release lifecycle".
> >
> > Etc: Someone finds a bug, it gets reported to trac, some things happen,
> > then a security release is done.
> >
> > I'd like to fill in the blanks as to what happens from start to finish and
> > get a complete look at "this is what happens when we find a bug that is
> > urgent enough to get a security release".
> Please don't report it to Trac. That's a huge no-no. Security
> vulnerabilities should never be reported to any project in the open.
> Security issues should go to security at wordpress.org. See
> http://codex.wordpress.org/FAQ_Security.
> Basic lifecycle: Vulnerability is reported to that email, which goes to the
> core team and a few others. It is reviewed and discussed privately. If
> legitimate, a fix is privately prepared. We privately decide on a timeline
> and method for release, based on the severity of the vulnerability and
> whether it has already been disclosed elsewhere. We then test it privately
> until we are ready to commit it and offer a public release.
> In this case, we were alerted to this vulnerability late last week, and took
> appropriate steps over the days that followed to confirm and isolate the
> issue, prepare a fix, do a full audit of the capability checks in XML-RPC,
> and test everything thoroughly.
> Security vulnerabilities are rare. 3.0.2 was released a few days before this
> one was reported to us, hence two releases in 8 days. That's the only
> explanation we have for two releases in a short time period. It's not like
> we planned that.
> I also described 3.0.2's lifecycle in a previous post to wp-hackers:
> http://lists.automattic.com/pipermail/wp-hackers/2010-December/036276.html.
> While 3.0.3's lifecycle spanned about six days, 3.0.2 was released four
> hours after we were notified. Those are probably the two extremes.
> Nacin
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