Those of you running your site on WordPress have probably noticed the little yellow update bar at the top of your screen. Since WordPress 3.6 has been around for a couple of months now, it’s time for a quick security patch.
https://wordpress.org/news/2013/09/wordpress-3-6-1/ is a fairly small update, with just a handful of new security and maintenance features. Among other things, the fix took care of one bug that allowed authors with low-level blog privileges to post as a different author, and another that accidentally redirected users to the wrong site.
Unless you’re a developer, you probably won’t notice any changes in the new update. However, your site should be a lot more secure, and any little bugs that were bothering you should be gone.
If you ever notice a security issue that needs to be addressed, you can report it on the WordPress website. The WordPress team can’t catch every potential issue on their own, so if you do see something, let them know.
Can I Update?
So far, there have been no major issues with the new update, so you should be in the clear to download it. Some users reported problems with outdated plugins, but since this is just a patch to 3.6, most of your plugins should work just fine (or will come out with their own update fairly quickly.) As usual, remember to backup your site entirely before you make any changes – that way, if there is an issue, you can simply revert to the old version of your site.