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JCE Security Vulnerability - Update ASAP 7 years 4 months ago #6855

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Hi all,

I stumbled onto a problem today with a site that I manage (pro bono). When I tried to view, edit or create an Article from the Admin backend, nothing displayed in the browser (I tried a couple of browsers with the same result).

To cut a long story short, I found the problem only affected the JCE editor - switch to Tiny MCE and all was okay. Then when I tried to backup the site prior to a restore of an earlier backup, Akeeba complained it did not have permission to back up the JCE component. I checked the file permissions through CPanel and found they were 000.

I called my ISP support (the website is in a shared hosting environment) and learnt that due to a security vulnerability with an older version of JCE and Joomla 1.5 (yes, the site needs to be upgraded, but it is pro bono!), they'd written a script to search and change permissions of older JCE files to 000 ... supposedly they'd put a post on their forum about the change, but who reads forums!?

Well, in case anyone's reading this forum, all I had to do was download the latest version of JCE, uninstall the old one from my website, and install the new one.

Hope this helps.

Robertf ;)

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