WordPress 2.8.5: Hardening Release (Should I wait for 2.9?)

It seems wordpress comes out with a new update every couple of months, but this is for good reason. When vulnerabilities are found in software, the company will release a patch to fix it, right? Well wordpress is no different. If you are running anything less than 2.8.5 (released yesterday) then you need to upgrade NOW; don’t wait for 2.9.

There were numerous security issues with the release of 2.8 that they found and patched with several releases (up to 2.8.4). Now that 2.8.5 is out, it will fix the follow security gaps:

  • A fix for the Trackback Denial-of-Service attack that is currently being seen.
  • Removal of areas within the code where php code in variables was evaluated.
  • Switched the file upload functionality to be whitelisted for all users including Admins.
  • Retiring of the two importers of Tag data from old plugins.

What does that mean to you? It means less chance for a hack or breach into your blog. What does that affect? It could affect a lot of things, not just your blog. After a breach is found in your software, it is open to viruses and hacks that can get into your server/host and destroy other parts of your entire server (and possibly others).

So unless you want a total online meltdown, upgrade your wordpress please. 😀

If you aren’t comfortable backing up your site and upgrading your blog, kimtown can do it for you. If you have ONE wordpress to upgrade it’s $50 and you can purchase that HERE.

If you have TWO or more wordpress that you’ll need to upgrade they are only $30 each. You can purchase that HERE.

Read the full post by wordpress.org

Please welcome Kori Clark…

as kimtown’s newest designer!! Kori has already started doing freelance work for kimtown and she’s doing a fantastic job! I can’t wait to show you what she’s been working on!


Here is a little about Kori:
“My name is Kori, but I have been blessed with many titles – Designer, Artist, Wife, and (my favorite) Mommy. Ever since I was old enough to hold a pencil, I have been drawing and designing. I graduated college with a degree in Graphic design, and I have been very blessed to work on a wide range of designs, from logos for major corporations to a stationery line. Currently, I am a partner in a company that designs templates for professional photographers, Kori & Kate, while also continuing my freelance career, making snacks and getting sippy cups for my young daughter, and preparing for the birth of my second child. I am overly thrilled to now team up with kimtown to offer graphics for her amazing websites – life just keeps getting better!!”

Please leave a big warm welcome for her!

So you wanna WIN a BLOG+SITE?

kimtown is giving one lucky person a brand new BLOG+SITE!! To enter to win, you simply have to do TWO things…

1. Leave a comment below about what you would change about your current site

2. Send me an EMAIL with a link to your current site, your first and last name, your studio name, contact email address, how you found kimtown and tell me why you need a blog+site. Make SURE you put BLOG+SITE ENTRY in the subject line, so it goes to the right place!!!
Send all entries to entries {at} kimtown.com

The winner will be chosen at the end of the month and will get a brand new style of blog+site.

In the mean time…Stay tuned for big things in the next few months!!

Mmmm Monday – Crispy Baked Shrimp

Although we aren’t back in the office just yet, I couldn’t resist putting up the Mmmm Monday recipe. This is from our favorite culinary gal, Catherine Skipper of The Culinary Cafe!

Crispy Baked Shrimp

I made these crispy critters the other night for dinner. They disappeared!! My husband got to the point where he was just eating them straight out of the baking dish…Caveman!! But seriously, they’re tasty vittles I tell ya! My 3 year old was gobbling them up too. I made a remoulade for dipping, but cocktail sauce or tartar sauce would be just as good.

The Recipe:

½ cup red bell pepper, chopped
4 tbs. mayonnaise
3 tbs. Dijon mustard
4 tbs. green onion, chopped
2 tbs. shallots, chopped
1 tbs. flat-leaf parsley, chopped
2 tbs. honey
2 tsp. lemon juice
Salt & pepper
2 cups plain bread crumbs
8 tbs. olive oil
4 tbs. chives, chopped
4 tbs. butter, melted
12 large shrimp, peeled and deveined, split along the bottom

Preheat oven to 450; coat a baking dish with cooking spray. For remoulade sauce, pulse bell pepper, 4 tbs. mayo, 3 tbs. Dijon, green onion, shallots, parsley, 2 tbs. honey, and lemon juice in food processor.  Chill till ready to serve. Toast bread crumb in 4 tbs. olive oil in a nonstick skillet over medium heat until golden, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and stir in chives, salt, and pepper. Combine melted butter and 4 tbs. olive oil in another bowl. Dip shrimp into butter mixture, then dredge in crumbs arrange in sprayed baking dish. Bake until shrimp are cooked through and crumbs are crisp, about 10 minutes.  Serve with remoulade.

I made a warm potato salad to complete the meal, but honestly, the family hardly noticed it was there. The shrimp were the stars!!  Shellfish are a gift from heaven…unless you’re allergic…then they’re not…and you should steer clear of this one! But anyways, enjoy!!