WP REST API The REST API is an acronym for the RESTful Application Program Interface (API) that uses HTTP requests to GET, PUT, POST and DELETE data. It is how the front end of an application (think “phone app” or “website”) can communicate with the data store (think “database” or “file system”) https://developer.wordpress.org/rest-api/. versions 1.2.2 and 2.0 Beta 1.1 are now available. These are critical security releases affecting versions 1.2.1 and 2.0 Beta A pre-release of software that is given out to a large group of users to trial under real conditions. Beta versions have gone through alpha testing in-house and are generally fairly close in look, feel and function to the final product; however, design changes often occur as part of the process. 1.
On Saturday, the WP REST API team was made aware of an issue where authenticated users were able to escalate their privileges bypassing the expected capabilities check. Thanks to Kacper Szurek (@kacperszurek) for reporting this issue to the team responsibly.
This release was coordinated by the REST API team and the WordPress core Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. security team. The security team is pushing automatic updates for version 1.2.2, but do not wait or rely on the automatic update process. We recommend sites or plugins that are using either v1.2.x or 2.0 Beta 1 update the plugin A plugin is a piece of software containing a group of functions that can be added to a WordPress website. They can extend functionality or add new features to your WordPress websites. WordPress plugins are written in the PHP programming language and integrate seamlessly with WordPress. These can be free in the WordPress.org Plugin Directory https://wordpress.org/plugins/ or can be cost-based plugin from a third-party immediately.
Update with one click from Dashboard → Updates, get it from the plugin directory (zip), or pull it from GitHub.
If you believe you have discovered a potential security vulnerability with the WP REST API, please disclose it to us privately by sending an email to email@example.com The community site where WordPress code is created and shared by the users. This is where you can download the source code for WordPress core, plugins and themes as well as the central location for community conversations and organization. https://wordpress.org/. Security issues can also be reported via HackerOne.
If you have a question about the release, you can find the team in #core-restapi on WordPress.org Slack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/., or you can privately message @rachelbaker, @rmccue, @danielbachhuber, or @joehoyle.