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WordPress Auto-Update System Misfires, Updating Live Sites to an Alpha Release

WordPress’ Core systems team had an eventful Friday when an error in the auto-update system caused sites to update to WordPress 5.5.3-alpha-49449, including live production sites with no auto-update constants defined.

I just had a random production site auto-update itself to #WordPress 5.5.3-alpha 😨 Anyone else seeing this?

— Mark Root-Wiley (@MRWweb) October 30, 2020

Those who received an email about the update logged into their sites to see the message: “BETA TESTERS: This site is set up to install updates of future beta versions automatically.” 

Shaun Rieman logged the first ticket about sites being updated to 5.5.3-alpha-49449,

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