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Joomla 3.9.10 Release

Joomla 3.9.10 is now available. This is a bug fix release for the 3.x series of Joomla which addresses one bug introduced into 3.9.9, affecting template styles of multilingual web sites.

What's in 3.9.10?

Joomla 3.9.10 is fixing one bug introduced into Joomla 3.9.9 which affects the template styles of multilingual sites and results in lost data.

Please read this JDocs FAQ page to learn more about this issue and its fix.

IMPORTANT information for users who have already updated to 3.9.9 and faced this issue.
Due to a bad sql update, the template style mapping to content languages has been lost. Unfortunately, this is an unrecoverable error.
You must either:

  • Restore the data manually by upgrading to Joomla 3.9.10 and then manually editing each template style and using the "Default" Field to the language required 
  • Or restore a 3.9.8 backup of your sites to recover the data before updating to Joomla 3.9.10.


We would like to take a moment to apologise to our users. 
Whilst we understand that a release which introduces a major bug is always serious - in this case the bug involved actual data lost from sites. This is a red line for us. We are going to go away and look at how we can improve our release and testing strategies and report back to our users when this is complete, detailing how we aim to improve in the future.

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Joomla 3.9.9 Release

Joomla 3.9.9 is now available. This is a security fix release for the 3.x series of Joomla which addresses one security vulnerability and contains over 30 bug fixes and improvements.

What's in 3.9.9?

Joomla 3.9.9 includes one security vulnerability fix and several bugs and improvements, including:

Security Issues Fixed

  • Low Priority - Core - Filter attribute in subform fields allows remote code execution (affecting Joomla 3.9.7 through 3.9.8) More information »

Bug fixes and Improvements

  • Repeatable Custom Fields: fix to keep HTML tags #25189
  • Media Manager: Modal layout improved #22475
  • Voting: Cache cleaned after voting #25201
  • Article ordering: Items grouped by category first #25295
  • Batch system: Improvements for Contact and Newsfeed #25259

Visit GitHub for the full list of bug fixes.

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JoomlaDay Chicago 4th of July Sale

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In honor of the 4th of July holiday, we're offering a chance for you to purchase JoomlaDay Chicago tickets for $40 for 4 days, July 4th thru July 7th. Bring your team or clients for more savings. Don't delay! There is limited space for sessions, exam and networking. The event is located in the heart of Chicago, The Loop. Get your tickets now. Prici...
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Happy 4th of July!

Take advantage on RSJoomla!'s discounts on this year's Independence Day Sale!

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The Single Sign On, Identity and Consent Management on Joomla.org

Privacy Laws like GDPR introduced several new requirements that changed the way we think the data management and the pathway to the privacy compliance.

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Joomla 3.9.8 Release

Joomla 3.9.8 is now available. This is a bug fix release for the 3.x series of Joomla which addresses one bug introduced into 3.9.7 which affects web sites using the French Help Server.

What's in 3.9.8?

Joomla 3.9.8 is fixing one bug introduced into Joomla 3.9.7, due to the removal of the French Help Server.

Visit GitHub for more information about this issue.

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Joomla 3.9.7 Release

Joomla 3.9.7 is now available. This is a security fix release for the 3.x series of Joomla which addresses three security vulnerabilities and contains over 40 bug fixes and improvements.

What's in 3.9.7?

Joomla 3.9.7 includes three security vulnerability fixes and several bugs and improvements, including:

Security Issues Fixed

  • Low Priority - Core - CSV injection in com_actionlogs (affecting Joomla 3.9.0 through 3.9.6) More information »
  • Low Priority - Core - XSS in subform field (affecting Joomla 3.6.0 through 3.9.6) More information »
  • Low Priority - Core - ACL hardening of com_joomlaupdate (affecting Joomla 3.8.13 through 3.9.6) More information »

Bug fixes and Improvements

  • Batch system: Copy permissions of modules #24737 and categories #24730
  • Progessive cache improvements #20310
  • Fix to avoid duplicated custom fields in com_content #24516
  • RTL improvements #23107 #24722
  • Removal of the unofficial French Help Server #24927
  • TinyMCE improvements: #24978 #25037
  • RSS: Fix to display the right category #24932
  • Media Manager: Fix directory traversal for symlinked folders #24924
  • User registration: Correct http schema used #24089

Visit GitHub for the full list of bug fixes.

Note to users using the French Help Server: Please do not update to 3.9.7 and wait for 3.9.8

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CSV vulnerability explained

Title: CSV vulnerability explained
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How can CSV files be affected?

Well, technically CSV files are text files - the purpose of a CSV is in its name - Comma Separated Values. The issue is actually a combination of spreadsheet software interpreting values as formulas (thus no longer treating values as plain text) and the tendency of users to ignore security prompts - or to agree to terms and conditions without scrolling through :-)


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Last Modified: 15 May 2019
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Joomla 3.9.6 Release

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 Joomla 3.9.6 is now available. This is a security fix release for the 3.x series of Joomla which addresses one security vulnerability and contains over 25 bug fixes and improvements. What's in 3.9.6? Joomla 3.9.6 includes one security vulnerability fix and several bugs and improvements, including: Security Issues FixedLow Priority - Core - XS...
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JoomlaDay Chicago Oct 12 2019

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The 2019 JoomlaDay Chicago event will be here before you know it. The event will include great sessions by knowledgeable speakers and the JoomlaDay exam. As you may have seen in our We Have a Venue post, we will be at DePaul University, this time in the Chicago Loop. Information on the venue is on our site to help you find a place to stay as well a...
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SP Page Builder Update Pro v3.4.8

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​The April 10th session of JUGCN featured guest presenter, Dave Crabill discussed SP Page Builder from Joomshaper.com.  The presentation and video are available online.  Today, JoomShaper released a new version, 3.4.8 which includes WebP support to accelerate your site loading speed. Plus, several new features added to Slideshow...
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Joomla 3.9.5 Release

Joomla 3.9.5 is now available. This is a security fix release for the 3.x series of Joomla which addresses three security vulnerabilities and contains over 20 bug fixes and improvements.

What's in 3.9.5?

Joomla 3.9.5 includes three security vulnerabilities fixes and several bugs and improvements, including:

Security Issues Fixed

  • Low Priority - Core - Directory Traversal in com_media (affecting Joomla 1.5.0 through 3.9.4) More information »
  • High Priority - Core - Helpsites refresh endpoint callable for unauthenticated users (affecting Joomla 3.2.0 through 3.9.4) More information »
  • Moderate Priority - Core - Object.prototype pollution in JQuery $.extend (affecting Joomla 3.0.0 through 3.9.4) More information »

Bug fixes and Improvements

  • User Password: Add minimum lowercase rule for password validation #24230
  • Associations tab: Fix wrong behaviour of Indonesian language #24244
  • Debug language: Fix User Actions Log Manager #24178
  • New installation language: Kazakh #24233
  • Google Authenticator plugin (2FA): QR-code generator implemented #24255

Visit GitHub for the full list of bug fixes.

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Kazakh Language Pack Added to Joomla! 3.9

Kazakh joins the officially released language packs for Joomla!, an award-winning Content Management System (CMS).

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Because Open Source Matters … and Domains too!

It’s an exciting day for The Joomla Project and BRANDIT! 
As the consolidation and packaging of web services move forward, we are happy to announce the official launch of our domains platform (powered by BRANDIT), domains.joomla.org.

Every website starts with a domain name, and by offering domains directly from Joomla.org, our users gain a new way to help build their online presence whilst helping the project financially.  

Domains.joomla.org is a full domain registry service that gives Joomla a direct connection to TLD’s and Registrars. 
This partnership opens up new opportunities for sponsorship and special offers to the Joomla Community.  
As we launch the platform, two registrars have already sponsored several JoomlaDays, and BRANDIT has become a Platinum Sponsor of the Joomla Project.

Whether you are looking for a new domain name or to transfer your existing domain portfolio, domains.joomla.org is the perfect platform. Offering you a wide range of TLDs alongside a robust and intuitive industry leading control panel for domain management.  

It is that simple, get started today, together Joomla and BRANDIT make your domains feel at home!

Benefit from the special Offers for the launch!

.com

9.99€ for the first year and transfers

.club

0,99€ for the first year

.at

9.99€ for the first year

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How to create a Joomla! article using RSForm!Pro

Creating a Joomla! article has never been easier. RSForm!Pro's plugins portfolio has grown bigger, the Joomla! Articles plugin developed by the RSJoomla! team, as the name implies, allows your users to easily create Joomla! articles in no time at all through a simple form submission.

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Joomla 3.9.4 Release

Joomla 3.9.4 is now available. This is a security fix release for the 3.x series of Joomla which addresses 4 security vulnerabilities and contains 28 bug fixes and improvements.

What's in 3.9.4?

Joomla 3.9.4 includes 4 security vulnerabilities fixes and several bugs and improvements, including:

Security Issues Fixed

  • High Priority - Core - Missing ACL check in sample data plugins (affecting Joomla 3.8.0 through 3.9.3) More information »
  • Low Priority - Core - XSS in com_config JSON handler (affecting Joomla 3.2.0 through 3.9.3) More information »
  • Low Priority - Core - XSS in item_title layout (affecting Joomla 3.0.0 through 3.9.3) More information »
  • Low Priority - Core - XSS in media form field (affecting Joomla 3.0.0 through 3.9.3) More information »

Bug fixes and Improvements

  • User Terms (#23787) and Privacy Consent (#23660) plugins: Layouts for the label and message added
  • Featured articles: Page subheading added #23583
  • Custom formfield layout paths simplified #22645
  • Com_contact: Contact name field moved out of the Contact Information block #23563
  • Custom module: Improvement of the frontend editing #23741
  • Action Logs improvement: Cache (#22739) and Purge/Export (#22740) actions are now logged

Visit GitHub for the full list of bug fixes.

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Joomla World Conference Nov 8-10, 2019 in London, England

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 Joomla World Conference (JWC) will be held in London, UK, from November 8th to 10th, 2019. The Conference will bring the brightest Joomla minds together to share their experiences, connect with others, and learn more about Joomla and its community. ​What is JWC? "Joomla! World Conference (JWC) is an annual user conference aimed at users ...
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A Statement on the Recent Report by Check Point

A report by Check Point Research has been brought to our attention relating to a security vulnerability that was patched back in December 2015. This report has also been picked up by Threat Post.

Both reports contain a great deal of inaccuracies and intimate that the vulnerability detailed is a current one. 
This statement serves to clarify the facts surrounding this issue. Furthermore we would like to assure our user base that, much as these posts attempt to state that this is a current issue, the truth of the matter is far from that.

With this in mind, we would like to clarify a few points:

  • There is no current security issue with the JMail class.
  • The underlying issue, used to create and store the backdoor, is a PHP issue rather than a Joomla issue.
  • A successful attack is only possible with severely outdated PHP and Joomla versions that are more than 3 years out of date (PHP versions 5.4.45, 5.5.29, 5.6.13 and all higher versions are patched for this vulnerability). Please see our recent article about the importance of keeping your sites up to date here.
  • A mitigation for Joomla 1.5, 2.5 and 3 was released more than 3 years ago in December 2015. Patches for EOL versions were released alongside the Joomla 3.4.7 release. Patches for the other Joomla versions are still available here. The Joomla Project also distributed WAF rules to many shared hosting providers at the time of discovery to protect against common exploits of this vulnerability.
  • The file mentioned in Check Point's report is not a Joomla core file, it's a copy of the original class used by the attacker to obfuscate a backdoor.
  • The file does not "override" the core JMail class.

More information on the exploit

The pattern described by Check Point is a classic one - where an attacker exploits a well-known security issue. The issue is over 3 years old and stems from a security issue found in PHP, rather than the Joomla core.  More information on this issue can be found here:

By exploiting this issue an attacker can embed a backdoor in site, which can be used for malicious activity. In order to make detection as hard as possible, attackers often use copies of real application files (in this case a copy of Joomla's mailing class) to embed their exploit code. Those copies will never be used in normal application execution, so there's no "override" as claimed in the report, they simply used the file to obfuscate the actual backdoor.

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Joomla 3.10 and Joomla 4.0

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At the end of 2019, the Joomla Project plans to release two versions simultaneously: the minor version, Joomla 3.10 and the new major version, Joomla 4.0. Joomla 3.10 will be the last release of the 3.x series. As announced in May 2018, and due to the release of Joomla 3.9, Joomla 3.10 will be the final release of the Joomla 3.x series. J...
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Joomla attended the CMS Security Summit at Google in Chicago

January 30th 2019 - It’s freezing cold in Chicago today and according to the news, it’s even colder than on the Mount Everest - so a perfect day to stay inside a warm building, sitting in front of your machine and having a (sorry, bad Everest joke) summit!

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