WordPress Download Cracked

By Deane Barker on March 7, 2007

WordPress 2.1.1 dangerous, Upgrade to 2.1.2: This is pretty bad. Yikes.

This morning we received a note to our security mailing address about unusual and highly exploitable code in WordPress. The issue was investigated, and it appeared that the 2.1.1 download had been modified from its original code. We took the website down immediately to investigate what happened.

It was determined that a cracker had gained user-level access to one of the servers that powers wordpress.org, and had used that access to modify the download file.