WordPress 4.9.3 update bug advisory

Ordinarily, a minor WordPress update would come and go with little attention being paid to it. These minor updates usually fix a range of small bugs in one push or patch WordPress against a newly emerging security threat. However, the update from WordPress 4.9.2 to 4.9.3 did not go as smoothly as Indeed. and was rapidly pulled from public access just hours after the worldwide release. The reason? A pretty major bug had been introduced along with the update which prevents automated updates to future versions of WordPress.

For example if you rely on the WordPress system to keep your core installation up to date on an automated basis – and you’re now on version 4.9.3 – the automated update system will no longer work and you will need to manually run the update to WordPress 4.9.4. While it’s nothing major in itself, you must manually update to keep receiving future automated updates or else your website will be stuck on version 4.9.3 until you manually update.

For our monthly and quarterly website updates and maintenance/support contract customers, we have already applied the update and you need to take no action. If you are not a monthly customer and would rather leave this stuff to the professionals, you can request a complimentary review of your site by getting in touch via email or calling us on 01793 239239.

For more details, please check the official WordPress release.