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Trivial Exploit Threatens Outdated Joomla! Sites

If your website is running on Joomla! Content Management System (CMS) and you haven't applied any critical security releases lately or didnt upgrade to the latest version, please take some time to do that. There are quite a few trivial exploits to the outdated versions of Joomla especially to Joomla 1.5.x, Joomla 1.6, Joomla 1.7 and the versions released before Joomla 2.5.13 and Joomla 3.1.4. An exploit could allow users to inject malicious content into your website that would turn it into a malware trap or phishing hub for the visitors. 

Joomla 1.5.x

This version of Joomla! has long been outdated now. Since December 31, 2012, no security releases or bug fixes are coming up for this version of Joomla and hence it is vulnerable and open to hackers. Infact, most Joomla! sites based on Joomla 1.5.x are being hacked everyday - yours could be the next. We can help your migrate your website to latest and secure release of Joomla! without any data loss. You can learn more about migration and can request a Free Joomla Migration Analysis here. 

Joomla 1.6, Joomla 1.7

If your website is running any of these Joomla versions, you are advised to get it upgraded to Joomla 2.5.x or Joomla 3.x immediately. These were short term releases of Joomla that came out for only a couple of months each and are no more been worked upon. 


Joomla 2.5.13 or lesser - Joomla 3.1.4 or lesser

There was a patch released on July 31, 2013 that applies to Joomla 2.5.13 plus earlier Joomla 2.5.x and Joomla 3.1.4 plus earlier Joomla 3.x releases. This hack was reported by the web security firm named Versafe, that said about a simlpe hack already in use by the hackers. This hack allows unpriviliged users to upload any PHP files by simply adding a period (.) to the end of the PHP file names. It is highly recommended that you upgrade to the latest version of these releases, which is Joomla 2.5.14 for 2.5.x series and Joomla 3.1.5 for 3.x series as of today, September 04, 2013. 

Joomla 2.5.17 or lesser - Joomla 3.2.1 or lesser

Joomla has released 2.5.18 and Joomla 3.2.2 on Feb 07, 2014 which is an important security release and should be applied to all websites as soon as possible.  


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We can help upgrade your Joomla Website to latest stable release. You can also ask for a Free Joomla Upgrade Analysis here.
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