BP 2.0 upgrade routine improperly deletes existing user roles if activation_key usermeta is present
|Reported by:||boonebgorges||Owned by:||boonebgorges|
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In WP non-Multisite prior to BP 2.0, the user registration workflow worked like this:
- At registration, a user is created with user_status=2 and a usermeta with the key 'activation_key'
- Activation email is sent
- When the activation URL is loaded, (a) user_status is switched to 0, and (b) the activation_key usermeta is deleted
The switch to the wp_signups schema for signups in BP 2.0 includes a migration tool that moves old-style unactivated signups to the new system. It identifies signups as those WP users that have an activation_key value in usermeta. https://buddypress.trac.wordpress.org/browser/tags/2.0/bp-core/bp-core-update.php#L353 Then, as part of the migration, it deletes capabilities and user_level usermeta for the user, to keep them out of regular user lists. (See line 391-393.)
It turns out (see http://buddypress.org/support/topic/lost-admin-access-after-2-o-update/) that there are situations where a user can be activated but still have the activation_key value in the DB. The result: when the migration routine runs, these users are identified incorrectly as unactivated signups, and their roles are improperly revoked.
There are probably various ways in which the activation_key could be retained for activated users. One concrete one I've identified is the use of this plugin http://wordpress.org/plugins/bp-disable-activation/, which activates the user by switching the user_status to 0 but does *not* delete activation_key.
I'll follow up with suggested fixes.
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comment:23 @boonebgorges — 10 months ago
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