I just realized today that my WordPress has not displayed any new plugin updates or the new WP 5.x update. When I visit the update-core.php in the admin, I see this:
If you need to re-install version –, you can do so here
You see it has a dash instead of the version number? That is probably related to the problem… how can I troubleshoot and fix this?
It also says "Last checked on December 14, 2018 at 9:19 am." which is the time right now… so it seems to be checking but it is not returning accurate details back about an update.