Many sites on my server are running Drupal 7.23, I usually use Drush to update them without any issue. Eveything works fine with modules and themes but Core keeps installing 7.23 on itself.

The admin/reports/updates page display this :

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Drupal Core 7.23
  Recommended version: 7.23
  Security update: 7.24
  Last version: 7.25

It obviously tries to update to the recommended version, which is in this case the current one (7.23).

I use the permissions guidelines given in the script on the bottom of this page. I tried to change the file owner, it is not working. We recently installed Nginx as a reverse proxy on our server but the problem still the same calling directly Apache.

I also have some sites running Drupal 7.24 and no issue when updating to 7.25.

Any clue on the origin of this issue ?

3 Answers 3


I found the solution, with the following command line.

drush pm-update drupal-7.25

I still do not understand why the regular update fails but this last command works fine.


I don't have any installation with 7.23, but would you try to do first a security-only update:

drush pm-update --security-only

Maybe that would do the trick that it updates to 7.24, which is a security update. Then you can update it again to 7.25 in a regular way.

As I said, I didn't test it, but it worths to try.

  • after drush pm-update --security-only same: Name Installed Version Proposed version Message Drupal 7.23 7.23 SECURITY UPDATE available
    – user25037
    Jan 7, 2014 at 17:00

This is likely a drupal.org updatexml bug. A regression in https://drupal.org/node/2167845#comment-8370565. Also reported at https://drupal.org/node/2167845#comment-8370565

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