Automattic, the company behind the WordPress content management system, is force installing a security update on hundreds of thousands of websites running the highly popular WooCommerce Payments for online stores.
“We shipped a fix and worked with the WordPress.org Plugins Team to auto-update sites running WooCommerce Payments 4.8.0 through 5.6.1 to patched versions. The update is currently being automatically rolled out to as many stores as possible,” Lebens added.
From your WP Admin dashboard, click the Plugins menu item and look for WooCommerce Payments in your list of plugins.
If a new version is available for download, you should see a notice guiding you to update WooCommerce Payments – please go ahead and do so.
If you find any evidence of unexpected activity, you should immediately update all admin passwords and rotate Payment Gateway and WooCommerce API keys.
“We encourage anyone who supports or develops for other WooCommerce merchants to share this information and to make sure that their clients who have WooCommerce Payments installed are using the most updated version of WooCommerce Payments.”