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This is a permission issue. Are you sure WordPress isn't running with the www user? I would try to make sure all your files have 77* or 66* access, instead of 74* and 65*. Also, make sure that you are running WordPress under the correct user. Now days, unless changed by web host, it is usually run under www by default. After you are done ...


The point of hardening is to avoid the core files to be manipulated by external users (on shared hosting) and by the webserver (as it is the main source of exploits). Since the update runs via the webserver it is obvious that if you hardened your files against webserver initiated manipulation, the update will fail. Most people probably get around it by ...

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