In September, WordPress’ Safety Workforce introduced it might be dropping support for versions 3.7 through 4.0 by December 1, 2022. Yesterday the ultimate releases for these variations (3.7.41, 3.8.41, 3.9.40, and 4.0.38) had been made out there to the very small share of customers who’re working historical variations of WordPress.
As a part of the ultimate releases, the improve notification now informs customers that they’re on a model that’s now not receiving safety updates. This impacts fewer than 1% of complete installs. The overwhelming majority of WordPress websites are working 4.1 or later and can proceed receiving safety updates.
Wherever doable, WordPress customers ought to be working 6.1.1 on PHP 8 or later. (Though PHP 7.4 is the minimum version required to make use of WordPress, PHP 7.4 reached end of life two days ago and can now not be receiving safety updates. Model 8.0 will attain EOL in 11 months.)
Now that the Safety Workforce is now not obligated to backport safety updates to very outdated variations, it frees up their time to raised assist newer variations of WordPress.