3% of All Websites Vulnerable to Hacking Due to Joomla Bug – Patch Available CVE-2016-8869

thezootsewt/ October 28, 2016/ Cyber Defense, Latest News/ 0 comments

Maintainers of the Content Management System (CMS) Joomla announced that two major security vulnerabilities exist in the Joomla software (CVE-2016-8869).  The vulnerabilities allow an attacker to gain privileged access to any site that uses Joomla as the backend system.  The attacker could then take a number of malicious actions against the site (i.e. vandalism/site shutdown) and the data stored on the site (i.e. data theft).

According to W3techs, about 3% of all websites use Joomla, so this could prove to be a fairly major vulnerability.  Exploits have already been spotted in the wild, so if you run Joomla or know someone who does, upgrade to the latest patch version right away.

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