Perch Update 2.8.34

We’ve updated Perch with an security update for a third-party dependency. This is an update to Perch and Perch Runway.

Do I need to install this?

This update is recommended for all users, as it patches a security issue found in the third-party library used by Perch (and many similar PHP applications) for sending email from your web server.

What does it fix?

This release fixes the below issues:

  • Security: Updates PHPMailer to version 5.2.21
  • Fixes a warning message issued under PHP 7.1

What features and improvements does it add?

This release adds no new features.

What impact does it have for my clients?

This update should have little or no impact for your clients unless they were experiencing any of the above issues.

Where do I get the update?

Log into your account and re-download the files. The download has been replaced with the newest version.

Always make a back-up of your files and database before updating.

  1. Unzip the download and replace your perch/core folder with the new perch/core folder.
  2. Perch will update itself when you log in.

Note: if you can’t log in after updating, go to `/perch/core/update` in your browser so the updater can run. Then you’ll be able to log in.

Important note

Perch currently requires PHP 5.3, but a forthcoming version will require PHP 5.4. Please check your diagnostics report before updating to be sure that your hosting supports these requirements. Perch Runway requires PHP 5.4. You should always run the newest release of PHP available to you.

We always advocate updating your staging or development copy of the site and testing the changes first. We do not recommend updating a live site without checking everything’s going to work first.

Previous updates

Perch and Perch Runway are typically updated a few times each month. View a full list of updates to see what you’ve missed.