Announce WordCamp deployments in Slack

This is a low priority, but it’d be helpful to announce deployments in Slack, like we do with

I added support for it to deployed.php in [dotorg13900], and tested the necessary changes to the deploy script in ~/ on my sandbox.

Someone from Systems will need to commit/deploy those to the actual script, though.

Thanks 🙂


Could you please forward ``/``…

Could you please forward to @matt okay’d the change.



Could you please add a…

Could you please add a redirect from to, to not have that be a dead end anymore?




Can I please have commit…

Can I please have commit access granted to both and for the username espellcaste?

Renato is a several-year contributor to both projects. He will be working on merging his WP-CLI work into the bb’s, and I expect him to stick around once that work is complete.

We had the Uncle Ben call together last week to set expectations, and he has secure passwords on all of the relevant things.

#buddypress, #bbpress, #commit, #prio3

Update Apache on

A report came in via HackerOne informing us that is running a version of the Apache web server which contains several known vulnerabilities. It should be updated to the latest in either the 2.2.x or 2.4.x branch.


CAA for

A report came in via HackerOne recommending that Certificate Authority Authorization be implemented for (and other W domains).

CAA allows a domain owner to restrict which CAs are allowed to issue certificates for the domain. It’s been useless until quite recently: the CAB Forum recently voted to enforce CAA checks for all new certificates starting next month, so it’s definitely a useful measure to implement.

More info:


Force SSL for

It looks like uses basic auth and can be used over http. Can we force https?


Symlink for new template file on meta.trac

[4621] adds a new template file for which, according to @nacin, needs to be symlinked.

Could someone do that please? Thanks!


HTTPS for is currently just a redirect to but when accessing via https you’ll get a warning about an invalid certificate because it uses the * one.

Can we get a proper certificate for Noticed this because links to


Whitelisted WordCamp Production Data for Dev Environments

Right now WordCamp devs use a small subset of the production database that was manually created, because it wouldn’t be safe to keep copies of the production database in local environments.

That works good enough for most things, but we keep running into situations where reproducing bugs and testing fixes is much harder, and takes much longer, than it would if we had real-world data to work with.

So, I’d like to create a way to safely use a whitelisted copy of production data in local environments. Here’s how I envision it working:

  1. Create a script that runs on the production web server once a day
  2. It would create a copy of the primary database on the production database server
  3. Then run lots of SQL commands against that copy in order to redact anything that hasn’t been whitelisted
  4. Have another script in dev environments that uses sftp to download a copy of the whitelisted database once a day

The whitelist would contain a list of tables, columns, and keys that have been determined to not have any sensitive data. For example:

  • wp_users – The table itself would be whitelisted, but only the ID, user_login, user_nicename, user_registered, user_status, display_name, spam, and deleted fields would be whitelisted. Because user_pass, user_email, and user_activation_key would not be in the whitelist, the script would replace the contents of those columns with [redacted] (or in the case of user_email,
  • wp_usermeta – The table itself would be whitelisted, along with the umeta_id, user_id, meta_key, and meta_value columns, but only certain meta_key rows would be whitelisted. For instance, first_name, last_name, description, and wp_capabilities would be whitelisted, but session_tokens and wordcamp-qbo-oauth would not be.

Additionally, the script would have some logic to redact potentially sensitive values within whitelisted columns. For example, any e-mail addresses inside a meta_value value would be replaced with

What does Systems think about that? I’d do all the work to build the script, but I want to make sure you don’t have any security/privacy concerns.