9 January 2019 : the latest update to WordPress 5 is launched.
At least the number of days since the last release is much greater than that between 5.0 and 5.0.1 and between 5.0.1 and 5.0.2 – but the number of bugs crushed remains impressive. The 5.0.1 update refers to ‘…some security issues…’ and lists seven items on the release notes codex page. Nevertheless, the release was spectacularly rapid –6 days after its predecessor– and one suspects rather more under-bonnet tweaking than is readily admitted.
The 5.0.2 update apparently addressed a total of 73 bugs (that’s a heck of a lot for and ongoing project outside –and even inside– the Microsoft realm!). It too was quick to appear –seven days, this time– which means that at least 80 problems were found needing solution less than 14 days after a major, and according to many, rushed, release.
Things do appear to have calmed down a tad for the 5.0.3 release. A delay of 21 days does seem less rushed but things have clearly still not settled – this time around, a total of no less than 44 bugs is listed.
The good news of course, is that these bugs are being addressed but it is clear at the same time that WordPress has been jumping the gun. In order to keep sites secure even with the prospect of there still being numerous problems left to tackle, it is essential to add a reputable third party security plugin to your arsenal. We at Laird of Glencoe use WordFence which has proved its worth on several occasions, even for new and/or relatively unknown sites.