Plugin Updates – Bad Behavior, Captcha, Simple Page Ordering, and ThirstyAffiliates

Several Minor Updates Recently Released

As always, Good plugin authors will keep their plugins up-to-date, as an administrator or webmaster it is up to you to do the same for plugins that you are using. Sometimes you get a major update, if you have not been checking the updates daily, while other times you get  some pretty minor ones. As many of the plugins we write about are also in use by us, or pertain to WordPress security concerns, we recommend that you keep them updated regularly.

Here are several that have gotten recent updates.

Bad Behavior

  • Version: 2.2.16
  • Author: Michael Hampton
  • Last Updated: 11-21-2014
  • Requires WordPress Version: 3.1 or higher
  • Compatible up to: 4.0.1
  • Average 5-Star Rating: 4

 

The following changes have been made since 2.2.15:

 

  • The via HTTP header, when present in all lowercase letters, violates a convention that headers should be in mixed case, and the lowercase-only header is commonly seen from malicious proxy servers. However, the actual HTTP specifications do not disallow it, and a check for this lowercase header does block some legitimate traffic. Therefore this version of Bad Behavior has been changed to check for lowercase via only in strict mode. This resolves an issue where web users at certain large companies are blocked; sites expecting these visitors should not enable strict mode.

 

Captcha

One of our favorite Captcha plugins comes from BestWebSoft. They have been busy updating plugins at a regular pace and keeping up with support issues for this plugin. Their recent fixes include some security fixes so make sure to update this one.

  • Version: 4.0.7
  • Author: BestWebSoft
  • Last Updated: 11-27-2014
  • Requires WordPress Version: 3.1 or higher
  • Compatible up to: 4.0.1
  • Average 5-Star Rating: 4.6

 

V4.0.7 – 27.11.2014

  • Bugfix : Security Vulnerability was fixed.
  • Bugfix : The bug with error message on multisite is fixed.

 

Simple Page Ordering

A super great plugin to keep your pages in the order that you want them. Even something as simple as having no control over pages can be frustrating. Recently updated to accomodate changes to WordPress 4.

  • Version: 2.2.3
  • Author: Jake Goldman, 10up
  • Last Updated: 9-27-2014
  • Requires WordPress Version: 3.8 or higher
  • Compatible up to: 4.0.1
  • Average 5-Star Rating: 4.8

2.2.3

  • Fixed ordering in WordPress 4.0 following core changes to ORDER BY in WP_Query

2.2.2

  • Column widths no longer change when dragging a row (partial props griffinjt)
  • Closed obscure XSS vulnerability related to Sort by Order link (props simon-waters)
  • Add German localization (props glueckpress).

2.2.1

  • Bring back translations / text domain (yikes!)
  • Add Brazilian translation
  • Props to “felds”

2.2

  • Updated look and feel to better match WordPress 3.8 admin redesign
  • Improved awareness of and compatibility with Quick Edit (inline editor)
  • Prevent collisions with themes and plugins bundling Simple Page Ordering

 

Thirsty Affiliates

Thirsty Affiliates empowers website owners with the tools they need to monetize their WordPress website with affiliate marketing. This is one of the easiest affiliate url plugins we have ever used. It is super easy, straightforward and effective. The company also puts out several other very nice plugins which can help earn you money on your blogs.

  • Version: 2.4.12
  • Author: ThirstyAffiliates
  • Last Updated: 11-27-2014
  • Requires WordPress Version: 3.4 or higher
  • Compatible up to: 4.0.1
  • Average 5-Star Rating: 4.7

2.4.12

  • Bugfix: Rollback of link data merging bugfix from 2.4.10, caused some issues in data persistence in add-ons, will revisit this later.
  • Feature: Introduced an optional debug flag on edit screens to assist in debugging link data on sites in the wild

2.4.11

  • Bugfix: Fixed a nasty character escaping bug that was wiping data on save in some instances.

2.4.10

  • Bugfix: Additional data on thirsty data not appearing in fields on the edit page was accidentally being blown away, needed to merge data with existing on save
  • Bugfix: Use the absolute path during media metadata creation when cloning an image from the media library (thanks Olaf)
  • Bugfix: Moved the rewrite rule flushing into the activation functions as best practices have changed since