Joomla critical zero day exploit !!!!

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A recently discovered zero day vulnerability within Joomla is currently being actively exploited, this vulnerability allows an attacker to take full control of an affected site’s Joomla administration area.

This exploit affects versions 1.5 through 3.4.5, you can determine your Joomla version by logging into your administrator area, your version will displayed either in the top right hand corner or at the bottom of your administrator panel.

If your site is an affected version it is essential you either upgrade or apply the latest patches.

If you are running any currently supported version of Joomla you should upgrade to the latest version

For EOL versions a patch has been provided which can be found at the link below, however we strongly recommend client’s upgrade to the latest version as soon as possible.

Joomla Security Update

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For users of the Joomla CMS, WebHostingWorld wants to make you aware of a security vulnerability – one that can be easily exploited and is already causing problems – so make sure you protect yourself & your business asap. If you are using Joomla, you have to update it immediately.

The Joomla security team have now released a new version of Joomla, which will patch a critical remote command execution vulnerability that affects all versions from 1.5 to 3.4.

Joomla! 3.4.6 is now available – this is a security release for the 3.x series of Joomla which addresses the critical security vulnerability and 4 low level security vulnerabilities. We strongly recommend that you update your sites immediately.

For any Joomla users, who are using the old (unsupported) versions 1.5.x and 2.5.x, you need to apply the updates from here. For an explanation on how to apply them, see this article from OSTraining.

Attention Joomla users: update to the latest version ASAP!

Joomla is a fantastic free and open-source content management system (CMS) for publishing web content – and as long as you are using the latest version of it, then you can continue to use it with complete confidence.

 

Joomla 1.5 Common Issues

This tutorial will show you how to fix some of the most common issues that Joomla users experience.

If you encounter the following error when browsing your website:

Database Error: Unable to connect to the database:Could not connect to database

You should check the configuration.php file of your Joomla application and make sure the following lines are correct

 

var $dbtype = ‘mysql’;
var $host = ‘localhost’;
var $user = ‘user_jo151’;
var $password = ‘YourPassword’;
var $db = ‘user_jo151’;
var $dbprefix = ‘jos_’;

 

You should make sure you are using the correct MySQL username and database in your configuration.php file.

You can use the MySQL Databases tool in your cPanel in order to check the correct username and database for your Joomla.

In addition, make sure that your MySQL username is added to your database. More information on that matter can be found in our tutorial on How to create a MySQL database and user.