The security improvements are based on feedback from the user community and are not related to direct reports of security threats. The security concerns only impact users of the self-managed WordPress plugins. The vast majority of the work was done on administrative access and sanitizing of input values. SaaS users are not impacted by these issues.
Enterprise clients using cluster map markers may have experience map outages , this is resolved.
Enterprise clients using the location loading indicator set to ‘circle’ had issues with the map not displaying, this is resolved.
Updating Your Location Software
The Software as a Service version of the application was updated overnight. Users of the SaaS platform do not need to take any action to receive the latest features and patches.
The above issues also impacted all WordPress plugin users and require updating to the latest release. The folks at WordPress.com have yet to approve our latest updates and re-list the main plugin. You’ll need to manually uninstall and re-install the main Store Locator Plus® plugin, which can be purchased from our WordPress plugin store.
Store Locator Plus® 5.9 was released last week as a security update for the WordPress plugin community. The plugin was reviewed by the WordPress Directory staff. They chose to keep the plugin closed for what they deemed “potential future issues” with the plugin as well as requests for several changes to follow what they deem “best practices”. Of note in this review is that they did not cite any of the publicly reported vulnerabilities that closed the plugin in the first place as remaining open.
In other words, all reported vulnerabilities were apparently addressed to their satisfaction.
However, they have opted to keep the plugin closed until we can update our coding style. While we are willing to work toward their new “best design practices” for coding style, this is going to take some time. For example, the latest 5.10.1 release of the Store Locator Plus® plugin has replaced the PHP standard <?= shorthand with the longer <?php echo syntax per the WordPress Plugin Directory Team’s request. Not a security issue, but something they requested we change before being re-listed. This requires that we run a full internal test if the updated code before it can be released to the general public.
While we hope that the folks over at WordPress.com deem our plugin worthy of being re-listed in the near future, we have no control over what they will come back with during each review. It could be weeks or months before the plugin is available again in the standard directory with one-click updates being available.
This is one of the biggest advantages to being on the SaaS offering, no need to manually update your locator software. EVER.
Store Locator Plus® recently updated the SaaS servers and underlying locator software. Many of the changes are server-level updates such as increased maximum throughput to the disk storage of the server clusters and longer backup retention periods. Both improve the performance and resilience of the SaaS offering. Users of our SaaS offering have a better experience without having to worry about the minutia of server management.