WordPress 4.6.1 is secure compared with earlier versions.

WordPress has proved to be the top and most popular Content Management System (CMS) in the world. Nearly 26% of the web is powered by WordPress, as of March 2016. Since it is one of the largely used CMS, the threats are wide open, and the data are vulnerable to security risks. WordPress community is one of the most active community offering continuous support. When it comes to security, secure your WordPress website with the available plugins developed by the community.

WordPress 4.6.1As a recent announcement, WordPress has launched 4.6.1 update focusing more on improving the data security and also, insisted everyone update their sites immediately to avoid security breach in any norms. The main reason for this updates is that the previous versions 4.6 and earlier were affected by two security issues:

  • Path traversal vulnerability
  • Cross-site scripting vulnerability

Version Release Details:

Reported by Dominik Schilling, the path traversal vulnerability was in the update package uploader. He is the member of the WordPress security team and led the WordPress 4.6 development. This threat paves the way for the attackers to gain unauthorized access to restricted directories and files using HTTP exploit. The second is a cross-site scripting vulnerability in the images filenames, reported by Cengiz Han Sahin, a SumOfPwn researcher. Using this threat, the attackers can inject malicious JavaScript code into the software through a crafted image file. Many bug hunters and security researchers of various levels of expertise gathered for a big bug hunting session to ensure they make WordPress more secure by identifying the security issues and patching it.

WordPress has patched these vulnerabilities in this release which makes the update the most secured compared with 4.6 and earlier versions. The release not only came out with the security patches but also with 15 other bug fixes from WordPress 4.6. The bug fixes include the strange behavior of backspace, email server setup, RTL problem, plugin install infinite loop errors and more. Get the complete fixes details from the Core.

Is this update necessary?

It is an apparent fact that updates are mandatory as updates carry fixes of bugs. WordPress is considered to be the world’s most popular CMS, and it’s open source which means the codes are available free. The attackers can plan for a security attack for various reasons using the loop-holes in the base codes. WordPress team is on top as they continually monitor and alters the codes to make it secured. WordPress 4.6.1 is one such as it carries two security patches along with 15 other bug fixes. It clearly states that when updated to 4.6.1, the WordPress websites are sure to be secured from vulnerabilities.

Who are the contributors?

WordPress has also listed the contributors of this version, Hulse, Robert D Payne, Drew Jaynes, Marius L. J. (Clorith), Felix Arntz, Fredrik Forsmo, Gary Pendergast, Ian Dunn, Ionut Stanciu, Jeremy Felt, Joe McGill, Pascal Birchler, Sergey Biryukov, geminorum, and Triet Minyy

How To Update?

Log in to your dashboard and click “Update Now” from Updates menu or download WordPress 4.6.1. Sites that support automatic background updates have already begun to update to the newer WordPress version.

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Source Code Management – Top Tools in the Industry

At the start, it was like all data and project information were recorded in a spreadsheet. A release engineer was responsible to keep track of the data like the project and the developer’s relationship and also the issues along with their status. As the saying goes, “To err is human”, there were lots of problem and misleads. To overcome this situation, Source Code Management system was developed.

SCM – A scheme to record project details:

Source Code Management (SCM) system is used to track project details right from the member allocation to the issues status. It is also used to maintain a team’s coordination and services between the members. This SCM system reduces human errors and offers version control and file management schemes that reduces overwriting when a file is committed by more than a member.

Easy-to-use Tools that help SCM:

Industry has many Source Code Management (SCM) tools that tracks and offers control over the changes made to the repository or project. Below explained are some of the top SCM tools.

SUBVERSION (SVN) – The most commonly used:

Subversion is a version control tool which easily adapts to various users. Many leading Subversion SVSprojects like Apache, SourceForge, Ruby and even Python use SVN as their version control system to distribute code. Different Subversions are available for different OS like Windows which use Tortoise, MAC which uses Versions. Subversion can be used by different professionals from designers to developers and more. Major benefits of SVN over other versioning software/tools are

  • Tracks revision in a systematic way
  • Cleanly maintains the history of even a small change made to the repository
  • Allows check the changes made with another revision
  • Easily integrates with the OS shell
  • Perfect support when needed

CONCURRENT VERSIONING SYSTEM (CVS) – The Grandfather:

CVS - Source Code MgmtOne among the oldest source code management tool, Concurrent Versioning System (CVS) is easy to use and even easy to learn. It is very simple to make sure file updates and revision are kept updated. Same as SVN, CVS also have many clients like TortoiseCVS for Windows, Xcode for MAC and more. It is mostly used by technical writers, system administrators and more. Some of the common factors to choose CVS are as follows

  • Used in huge programming projects
  • Stores files in a central repository
  • History is retained completely
  • At any point-of-time, “Commit” command can be easily called back.
  • Simple and elegant system

Git – The Rising Star:

Git, a source code management tool, offers a different kind of versioning called distributed version control system. It means that the code is not maintained in a Gitsingle central system rather it is divided and distributed among different bases. Because of this technique, Git has become one of the fastest source code management tools. Many open source projects like Linux Kernel, Fedora and more uses this tool. Github, a social networking site for developers, establishes Git as a version control tool for large projects. Github offers a creative frontend for projects like Prototype and more. Benefits of Git over SVN and CVS are

  • Fastest of all the Source Code Management (SCM) tools
  • Works as a distributed version control system
  • Deployed with full version-tracking capabilities
  • Easy branch handling schemes
  • Required space to deploy this is really low

MERCURIAL – The Care Taker for Larger Projects:

Mercurial-SCMSimilar to Git, Mercurial is also an open source distributed version control system which is little outside the scope of many designers and developers. This doesn’t mean that only small organization or small team shouldn’t use it. Mercurial is also extremely fast and the title is stated from the word Mercury referring god with eloquence, swiftness and cleverness characteristics.

As said earlier, Git is quite complex for beginners while Mercurial has a much simpler system that even a beginner can use. It is preloaded with stand-alone web interface and extensive documentation.

  • Mercurial’s command line interface is elegant, stable and fully featured
  • Advanced GUI support
  • You can contact the developers directly and suggest them with what you would like to add
  • Provides support with clear training

 LibreSource – The Manager of Collaborative Projects:

Based on Java/J2EE, LibreSource is a set of collaborative too offers teams or individuals a very effective solution to keep their repository.

Libresource

It is also called as the collaborative hub for project development. This SCM tool comes with built-in forums, Wiki pages, Subversion repositories, drop boxes, forms and more. This is simple yet effective tool which can be used by small developer too who are not a technical jargon. Some attention seeking benefits are

  • Many built-in features make it a more important tool
  • Simple and easy to use

Source Code Management has taken the project management and issue tracking and recording to a new level. Project management is now made easy!

Cygnite PHP Framework – A modern toolkit for your next creative application

What exactly this framework is?

Cygnite is a php 5.3 framework that allows developers to easily develop their application without any hassle. It also helps developers to build a complete web application in easy and enjoyable way. Be it a single or a joint project, this modern PHP toolkit has everything for beginners and advanced professionals to complete the project.

Key facts:

  • Easy to the core: Cygnite is a user friendly toolkit that helps even a beginner to develop comprehensive applications without any trouble.
  • Performance overloaded: With the extensive implementation of lazy loading, the Cygnite framework eliminates caching mechanism to improve performance resulting in ease of operation.
  • Deployed with Composer: The Composer tool allows third party library integration into Cygnite from Packagist making plug and play easier.

Cygnite-Php-Framework

Fantasies of Cygnite framework:

As an easy and modern toolkit, Cygnite has many benefits over other frameworks. Listed below are the few advantages of using Cygnite framework.

  • Simple and user friendly framework
  • Lightweight framework to make development easier
  • Simple configuration resulting in minimal time consumption
  • Reduction of time in writing crud operations
  • Meeting deadline made easy
  • Easy and effective third party integration
  • Object oriented programming approach
  • Elegant twig template engine can be used
Debate on the performance:

Compared with other frameworks, Cygnite is just a framework used for creative development. But the features like writing crud operations in two to three minutes, elegant form builder and IoC container and StaticResolver makes it a bit competitive.
Cygnite was initially launched as a elegant framework and later turned in to an advanced tool/framework for every level developers with the integration of the Composer tool and twig template support.

An introduction to WebRTC and how it will improve revenue opportunities for your company?

Introduction to WebRTC

WebRTC is a JavaScript API (Application Programming Interface) that’s designed to support developers in adding Real-Time Communication (RTC) features such as data sharing and voice/video streaming directly into the browsers, thus making them an integral part of these browsers.

This way, the users wouldn’t have to download and install different plug-ins to their individual browsers in-order to experience these real-time communications. As these plug-ins are not only a hassle to the end-users but also to the developers, because they needed to invest a ton of money into funding these plug-ins’ maintains and monitoring for consistent stability and functionality across multiple browsers working under different operating systems.

With this technology – the various devices that you use on a day-to-day basis, like the smart phones, TVs, computers and the near-future wearable technologies can all interact between each other and exchange data, voice and videos seamlessly on a real-time basis via the internet irrespective of their difference in base platforms.

WebRTC

A Brief History

This concept of WebRTC came to life at the Google; about a year after the launch of Google Chrome the Chrome team wanted a system that would provide this real-time communication features. However, the results they came up with weren’t satisfactory and Google released their WebRTC to the public in May of 2011 as an open-source project.

Since then there has been thousands of potential endpoints on development to enhance and make-real the visions for WebRTC, this includes contributions from Ericsson, Mozilla and AT&T. Now, with its inclusion within the latest markup language – the HTML 5 – the browsers such as Chrome, Firefox and Opera have all incorporated the WebRTC within their browser experience, while Internet Explorer and Safari are yet to catch-up, as of Sep 2014.

Prospective Future

So, we know that this new technology can bring about a mountain of changes to the ways we perceive peer to peer interactions. But, how these changes will influence or improve your revenue opportunities? – Here, grab a peek!

1)    Long Distance Business Communication

Imagine a call center without any telephones – both in physical or on a desktop form!! Impossible?

Well, it may seem so at the moment, but that’s exactly what the concept behind WebRCT is all about. The developers hope to achieve a real-time communications infrastructure that enables all peer to peer interactions within a default browser’s interface.

The possibilities are beyond call centers and similar businesses; all organization can make use of its potential and maximize their efficiency by completely eliminating the needs for telephonic or desktop based phone infrastructures and accordingly control their revenue to a great extent. This technology is thus considered by many as a game changer.

Having a browser that can by default provide you with voice/video calling features and P2P file sharing facilities, without the need for additional plug-ins or any other third party software programs is defiantly a boost for any businesses, especially those companies that have limited budget for availing these services.

2)    Advance Conferencing for Business Meets

A long distance video conference usually comprises of multiple participants interacting from different locations via a common tool, which typically relays all their voices echoing from a single speaker, but this leaves a mess of voices. However, all this could change with WebRTC “Spatial Conferencing” a concept that aims to bring about a field of depth in the communications, such that the participants can pinpoint the each other location.

This is achieved by placing a small speaker in-front of the participants, these speakers produce a full three dimensional sound for each participants as per their locations. This gives the listener a clear perspective of individual voices.

This technology thus is very efficient at giving the users a feel of live meeting within a conference room, making the video interactions seamless and pleasant.

3)    Acute File Transferring System

Another important aspect of WebRTC is its ability to transfer files between any browsers; be it on desktop or mobile. The possibilities are endless, as the freedom to transfer files across multiple devices and operating systems solves various problems associated with plug-ins and compatibilities.

For companies, this feature can save a lot of hassle and help enhance their productivity.

Conclusion

These are some of the feature of WebRTC that show great potential, in improving our business lifestyle and allowing us to focus on more important tasks.