WordPress 4.9.7 is now available

WordPress has released version 4.9.7.

Being a "security and maintenance release", no new significant functions are introduced, rather some critical issues and problems are fixed, among which:

  • Fixed library bug that allows a user with certain permissions to delete files out of the media folder
  • Taxonomy: improved cache management for queries
  • Post and type of post: on logout, deleted cookie password
  • Widget: basic html tag in the description in sidebar
  • Community events Dashboard: Always show the nearest WordCamp
  • Privacy: the default content of the privacy policy no longer causes an error when you delete the rewrite rules

Also note the release 4.9.6, a "privacy and maintenance release", issued specifically to make WordPress (in large part) compliant with GDPR.

Among the new features introduced:

  • Commentators not logged in: possibility to save name, surname and email address in a cookie
  • Privacy Policy: possibility to designate a page containing the privacy policy that is shown during login and registration
  • Data management: possibility to export or delete user data upon request, sending the user an email confirmation of action

The aspects not yet touched will be arranged in version 4.9.8, coming out soon.

Updates are available in the WordPress control dashboard.

New versions of Joomla 3.8.x are available
Waiting for the new version 4.x major, Joomla is updated with as many as 3 versions of the minor release 3.8.x.

Version 3.8.10 contains a bugfix for a problem introduced in the previous 3.8.9 and that only impacts for installations on the Windows platform; the previous 3.8.9 version is a "security release" that offers 50 improvements and bugfixes, including two important ones regarding Local File Inclusion vulnerabilities on systems with PHP 5.3 and XSS in the language change module.

Version 3.8.8 is also a "security release" too, and it introduces bugfixes for problems related to Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) vulnerabilities, Remote Code Execution, permissions escalation, and the dissemination of information and passwords in clear text for local users.

Version 3.9, released before autumn, will contain the Privacy Tool Suite to make Joomla compliant with GDPR.

Updates are available in the Joomla control dashboard.


Gartner releases the Magic Quadrant report for eCommerce
Gartner published the "Magic Quadrant for Digital Commerce" report.

Among the most interesting results of the report, it should be noted that by 2020 more than 50% of online sellers will sell their products on marketplaces or sell third party products, and on the same date the use of digital assistants will increase sales by 15%; by 2022, 10% of those managing ecommerce will develop forms of dedicated business platforms, and 60% of these will use an open ecosystem to manage growth; at the same date 5% of the transactions will be initiated by AI. The report places SAP, Salesforce, IBM, Digital River and Magento in the quadrant of leaders.

About the Author

Lorenzo Bedin

Lorenzo graduated in Telecommunication Engineering and works as freelance IT consultant, after a period of training as systems analyst. Currently he provides hardware solutions, virtualized infrastructures and websites.