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Joomla warns of a seriously critical security flaw

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October 25, 2016

Joomla is warning all its users of a very critical security flaw that's so nasty its own developers aren't saying what it fixes in the software.

It appears that a security patch for the mystery issue will take the name of version 3.6.4 and will be available around 1400 UTC today, we are told.

Joomla has been downloaded more than 75 million times and runs on big ticket sites including McDonalds, Ikea, General Electric, Linux.com, and other major news sites.

WordPress leads the open-source content management segment with some 140 million downloads, and it has some security issues of its own as well.

The Joomla 'security team' says only that it was "informed of a critical security issue in the Joomla core" which is a "very important security fix". That's all we know for now.

"Until the security fix is out, please understand that we cannot provide any further information," the team asserted.

It's rather hard to speculate for now on the possible security vulnerability and system admins should take drastic steps to fully prepare for the release of the upcoming security patch.

But Jooma's hesitance to publish any details before patches are issued combined with its description of the bug as critical suggests the security issue allows either a data siphoning bug or server compromise.

If either scenario is the case, security admins should expect black hats to exploit the flaw as soon as they can build exploits.

From there (based on the exploitation historical major vulnerabilities) attacks could spread to compromise Joomla instances that remain un-patched in the ensuing days and weeks.

Source: The Joomla Security Team.

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