Errors of the following type encountered with a plugin running on WordPress v4.6.x and isolated to a register_setting() call.

[02-Nov-2017 00:55:35 UTC] PHP Notice:  Undefined offset: 0 in /wordpress/wp-includes/plugin.php on line 981
[02-Nov-2017 00:55:35 UTC] PHP Notice:  Undefined offset: 0 in /wordpress/wp-includes/plugin.php on line 999

What gives?

Similar but different root cause than Plugin.php: PHP Notice: Undefined offset: 0 in

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The register_setting() function signature changed in v4.7 allowing an array for the third option in place of a callback function in prior versions. Passing an array to register_setting() in WordPress v4.6.x and earlier will result in the errors above.

WordPress v4.6.8 function definition: https://github.com/WordPress/WordPress/blob/1aa173010736085a921beb10fd420d6d863419a5/wp-admin/includes/plugin.php#L1767-L1795

 * Register a setting and its sanitization callback
 * @since 2.7.0
 * @global array $new_whitelist_options
 * @param string $option_group A settings group name. Should correspond to a whitelisted option key name.
 *  Default whitelisted option key names include "general," "discussion," and "reading," among others.
 * @param string $option_name The name of an option to sanitize and save.
 * @param callable $sanitize_callback A callback function that sanitizes the option's value.

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