It's important for anyone managing a website to keep abreast of security problems affecting their website & website extensions, and Joomla! is no exception. Unfortunately it's very easy for webmasters & small businesses to overlook security announcements, plus to make matters worse some developers are not always forthcoming when it comes to alerting their customers about vulnerabilities that can compromise their entire systems, and sometimes even the entire server they are on.....
Luckily there's an easy solution available for Joomla! though that's completely free & requires no additional installation, and once implemented it will bring news of any (reported / known) vulnerabilities affecting Joomla extensions directly into your Joomla back-end administration area. This will not only keep you updated about vulnerabilities, but will also notify you as to whether an update or patch has been created since the problem was discovered, and if so where to get it. So it's a great time saver too & one which I'm sure you'll find useful if not invaluable.
Here's how to implement it in your site's administration CPanel:
- First, go to the "Module Manager" within Joomla, and then select the "Administrator" option (see screenshot 1)
- Find the module Type named "mod_feed" that comes with Joomla (the module type column is situated on the right-hand, just before the last column for module ID....)
- Copy the mod_feed module (......by selecting it & then pressing the "Copy" option...)
- Open up the copied module & then change its name to "Joomla Vulnerable Extensions List" or something similar.... (see screenshot 2). It should already have the position of "CPanel" assigned to it, but if not select that position.
- In the area for the address of the RSS Feed's URL, put this address: http://feeds.joomla.org/JoomlaSecurityVulnerableExtensions?format=xml (see screenshot 3). For Newbies: An easy way to copy this address is to simply visit the link & then copy the URL showing in the browser address bar....
- Enable the module & press "Save"
- And that's it!!..Now if you go to your Joomla administration's main page /control panel area the feed module will be on the right-hand side of your screen & should already be displaying the RSS Feed.... (See Screenshot 4). You can adjust the position of the module to the top or last position etc by simply moving it up or down in the Module Manager's list....
You now have notifications of any (known & reported) vulnerable Joomla extensions streamed directly to your Joomla administration area. Enjoy!
You can also see this months list of vulnerable extensions by visiting the Joomla Vulnerable Extensions List (IMPORTANT: the list provided by RSS sometimes only displays the current months list - you should check previous months alerts too, in case you have already missed any....
Screenshot 1 - Joomla Module Manager
Screenshot 2 - mod_feed Module: Showing left side of configurations
Screenshot 3 - mod_feed Module: Showing right side of configurations
Screenshot 4 - Joomla Vulnerable Extensions List RSS Feed is now displaying in Joomla administration area
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