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2/7/17
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StevieD_Web

OMG, Google sent me a notice about my Wordpress website being out of date WNC-641200

Recommended Wordpress update available forhttp://www.example.com/

To: Webmaster of http://www.example.com/,

Google has detected that your site is currently running Wordpress 4.7.0 or 4.7.1, an older version of Wordpress. Outdated or unpatched software can be vulnerable to hacking and malware exploits that harm potential visitors to your site. Therefore, we suggest you update the software on your site as soon as possible.

Following are one or more example URLs where we found pages that have outdated software. The list is not exhaustive.

https://www.example.com/123/

https://www.example.com/456/

https://www.example.com/789/

Recommended Actions:

1

Update to the latest release of Wordpress

Visit the Wordpress site for instructions on how to download and install the latest release.

2

Check your site for hacked content

Because there was a vulnerability on your site, it’s possible that your site might have been compromised. We recommend you check your site for any suspicious activity. You can see if Google has detected any hacked content on your site in the Security Issues section of Search Console.

3

Stay up to date on new releases

Remember that older or unpatched software might be vulnerable to hacking or malware, so it’s important to install new software releases when they come out.

Need more help?

Read more about outdated software and vulnerabilities in our Help Center.
Check your site for hacked content using the Hacked Sites Troubleshooter.
If your site was compromised, read our guide for hacked sites.
Ask questions in our forum for more help - mention message type [WNC-641200].

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2/7/17
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StevieD_Web
Asked and Answered in Post by Redleg that was marked with a Best Answer


The warning is sort of a security/courtesy kind of thing because there are a fair number of vulnerabilities in some of the older versions of WP. 


Seems like Google gets the version that a site is running a fair amount of the time.  The main issue is that it is not "real time"  not today.  If you want to take the time to go back through all the pages Google has indexed from your site sometime in the last 2 days or 2 weeks or 2 months Google is going to have a page in their cache that when it was last crawled/indexed it had a "Generator" tag specifying an old version.  Stevie, on example.com 

/123456789.html

when Google last indexed that URL on It is a snapshot of the page as it appeared on Jan 20, 2017 08:30:14 GMT. the generator tag was

< meta name="generator" content="WordPress 4.7.1" />

bottom line though is it is just a courtesy and has no effect on the ranking of your site.



(Redleg's answer edited for clarity for this thread)
2/7/17
Original Poster
StevieD_Web
all similar threads are being combined into this thread.



Conal Tuohy
2/7/17
Conal Tuohy
The problem with this message is the phrase "Google has detected that your site is currently running Wordpress 4.7.0 or 4.7.1,"

This is clearly not true, because my site is currently running 4.7.2.

What is actually happening is that at some time in the past Google detected your site was running 4.7.0 or 4.7.1, and the message should be clear about that. 

Why did Google not report a problem at the time? Why is Google only notifying us now? Presumably what's changed is that Google's just now become aware of some vulnerability. If so, the message should be clear about that.

e.g.

On <such-and-such date> Google detected that your site was running Wordpress 4.7.0 or 4.7.1, an older version of Wordpress. Google has now become aware of vulnerabilities in that software ... etc.

Shanebkk
2/7/17
Shanebkk
This warning is a false positive, i have now received iton two of my sites, http://www.wesprayanything.com/ and http://ubriquebycarlsson.com/ , both are running on the latest word press version since its release and are never late in updates. I am hoping these messages do not affect ranking.
2/7/17
Original Poster
StevieD_Web
> I am hoping these messages do not affect ranking.

Read the statement by Redleg

>bottom line though is it is just a courtesy and has no effect on the ranking of your site.
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Oskar Skog
2/19/17
Oskar Skog
@DJsir: I think this question is better asked at https://security.stackexchange.com/

 
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