Security update for Freetag Plugin

Thanks to Niels Provos we have been informed of a security issue in the Serendipity Freetag plugin (serendipity_event_freetag). Versions up to 3.08 contained a bug that was not properly escaping a GET variable used in an SQL statement, leading to a possible SQL injection attack.

The impact of this is considered to be low, as the query used is only for displaying Meta keywords inside a blog entry, and usual mysql-Client libraries to not allow to execute multiple stacked SQL queries to drop tables etc.

Nevertheless, you should upgrade this plugin version. It is available on Spartacus, or for manual download.

Serendipity 1.5-beta1 released

Serendipity 1.5-beta1 is the first public beta release of the upcoming Serendipity 1.5 version. Some important things have changed under the hood, that we would like to ask our users to try out and report back to us.

This version mainly addresses login security by changing our method how passwords are stored to use salted SHA1 chacksums instead of plain MD5 checksums. This makes password retrieval (rainbow attacks) through the database virtually impossible. Another thing is improved PHP 5.3 compatibility. See more about this in a special blog posting some time ago.

For users of our Bundled WYSIWYG-Editor Xinha users now have the ability to easily customize the appearance of this panel through a "my_custom.js" file inside the template directory (a draft of such a file can be found as fallback default in the htmlarea/ subdirectory).

One cool new feature for developers is that now also templates can register themselves inside the plugin API hooks to execute specific things, that don't require installation of an event plugin.

Other news include:

  • new event API hooks
  • fixed PDF thumbnail generation
  • ability to auto-scroll on borders when Drag/Dropping plugins
  • UTC server time zone support
  • improvements in the Smarty functions to easier use Serendipity as a CMS for individual entry output.
  • quicksearch improvements for doing a wildcard-search when too few searchresults were found on a fixed searchterm
  • support for Typepad anti-spam server-checks, additionally to Akismet

The current release can be easily installed on any previous Serendipity installation. Just unpack, upload and visit your admin panel to perform possible database upgrades. Upon first login with an old password, Serendipity will store your old password in the new format - please be sure to make a backup of your Database prior to upgrading. Apart from that, the current beta release is already in production use on many blogs and there are no known problems/issues with this.

Serendipity Packages for Softaculous

Softaculous is a provider for automatted web-application installations on cPanel/DirectAdmin environments. They have an automatted API for software vendors like Serendipity to be able to setup and install their applications.

Thanks to the hard work of the Softaculous-Team, they have created a package for Serendipity on their own efforts - many thanks for that!

So you can easily install Serendipity on a Softaculous-Platform and be able to upgrade to later installations easily. Check out their Demo site to see an auto-installed Serendipity at work. You can also use this as a free demo of Serendipity, including the backend. Also Softaculous itself has a admin-demo, if you want to have a look on how to automate your installations of web-applications.

On the Serendipity@Softaculous-Site, you can also rate Serendipity or contribute reviews. Currently there are none available, so please feel free to both vote and spread the word on Serendipity there!