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WordPress 2.6.3 Security Compromised, Upgrade Now!

Posted on November 27, 2008. Filed under: News | Tags: , , , , |

Every WordPress 2.6.x users are highly recommended to upgrade their blogs, to the latest version which is WordPress 2.6.5. As stated on the wordpress blog by Ryan Bored:

WordPress 2.6.5 is immediately available and fixes one security problem and three bugs. We recommend everyone upgrade to this release.

The security issue is an XSS exploit discovered by Jeremias Reith that fortunately only affects IP-based virtual servers running on Apache 2.x. If you are interested only in the security fix, copy wp-includes/feed.php and wp-includes/version.php from the 2.6.5 release package.

2.6.5 contains three other small fixes in addition to the XSS fix. The first prevents accidentally saving post meta information to a revision. The second prevents XML-RPC from fetching incorrect post types. The third adds some user ID sanitization during bulk delete requests. For a list of changed files, consult the full changeset between 2.6.3 and 2.6.5.

Note that we are skipping version 2.6.4 and jumping from 2.6.3 to 2.6.5 to avoid confusion with a fake 2.6.4 release that made the rounds. There is not and never will be a version 2.6.4.

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Indonesia tourism industry still waiting to rebound

Posted on November 26, 2008. Filed under: News | Tags: , , , , , , |

Indonesia, a vast archipelago nation with the world’s second-longest shoreline, has consistently underachieved in the tourism sector and 2008 is proving no exception.

“The global economic crisis has started to have an impact,” said Sapta Nirwandar, director-general for marketing at the Culture and Tourism Ministry.

“With the looming crisis, I’m afraid we will not have the expected peak of foreign tourist arrivals in December,” Nirwandar said, referring to the usual end-of-the-year surge of tourists to the tropical isles.

Despite record-breaking tourism numbers at Indonesia’s prime beach resort of Bali, the country will again miss this year’s overall target for foreign visitors, he predicted.

Due to the global economic downturn, the government has revised down its targets for 2008 foreign tourist arrivals to “realistic figures” of around 6.4 million, from initial goal of 7 million.

According to the National Statistics Agency, the three quarters spanning January to September brought nearly 4.6 million tourists, a 12.2 per cent increase from the same period of 2007, or 4.1 million.

Indonesia’s tourism industry has been hit by a string of calamities over the past five years, ranging from bomb attacks in Bali and Jakarta, to tsunamis and earthquakes, and outbreaks of bird flu and SARS respiratory disease.

Travel warnings issued by several countries have also taken a toll. (more…)

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