[wp-trac] [WordPress Trac] #50778: 5.5 auto updates should not be enabled by default for external plugins

WordPress Trac noreply at wordpress.org
Mon Jul 27 00:42:43 UTC 2020

#50778: 5.5 auto updates should not be enabled by default for external plugins
 Reporter:  dennis_f      |      Owner:  (none)
     Type:  defect (bug)  |     Status:  new
 Priority:  normal        |  Milestone:  Awaiting Review
Component:  General       |    Version:
 Severity:  normal        |   Keywords:
  Focuses:                |
 Auto updates can be a security issue when enabled for external plugins by

 I myself had a major problem with this feature and my plugin that is not
 hosted on WordPress.org. At this point, the plugin hooks into the updates
 api, so you can update the plugin manually from the dashboard. With the
 automatic updates however I had mixed results - sometimes they worked,
 sometimes they didn't.

 The worst part is that a few times the plugin's update notification
 disappeared completely after the failed automatic update attempt.

 Of course I'm going to release an update to somehow handle this situation,
 but I am very worried that many people will not install this update before
 enabling automatic updates. And when their update notification disappears
 after a failed update, they will not know that they are running an
 outdated version.

 I imagine that my case won't be the only one. Additionally as
 @stephencronin raised his concern
 auto-updates-ui-in-wordpress-5-5/#comment-38986 here], this can also lead
 to false sense of security for plugins that don't support dashboard
 updates. People will think that their plugins are up to date when they are

 Automatic updates should be only enabled for wordpress.org plugins and
 those plugins that support it implicitly. Otherwise this could lead to
 people using outdated and vulnerable versions of plugins without being
 aware of it.

Ticket URL: <https://core.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/50778>
WordPress Trac <https://core.trac.wordpress.org/>
WordPress publishing platform

More information about the wp-trac mailing list