Joomla! 3.5 Beta 2 Released
The Joomla! Project is pleased to announce the availability of Joomla! CMS 3.5 Beta 2. Community members are asked to download and install the package in order to provide quality assurance for the forthcoming 3.5 release.
Joomla! 3 is the latest major release of the Joomla! CMS, with 3.5 the sixth standard-term support release in this series. Please note that going from 3.4 to 3.5 is a one-click upgrade and is NOT a migration. The same is true is for any subsequent versions in the 3 series of the CMS. That being said, please do not upgrade any of your production sites to the beta version as beta is ONLY intended for testing and there is no upgrade path from Beta.
Joomla! 3.4.8 Released
Joomla! 3.4.8 is now available. This is a bug fix release for the 3.x series of Joomla This release fixes some bugs related to session management from Joomla 3.4.7. The project understands that many of our users are now on Christmas Holiday's so we would like to emphasise that this release only contains bug fixes and whilst we strongly encourage our users to update as soon as practically possible, this update can be left until after any holidays.
What's in 3.4.8
Joomla 3.4.8 fixes some issues found in the 3.4.7 release on Monday to do with browser sessions. All reported bugs from the 3.4.7 update have been fixed in this release:
- Users were unable to edit or create items after the 3.4.7 update
- Fatal error about connection->stat() not existing on external database connections
- After session timeout users could still navigate the backend but without being able to create/edit items or use pagination/filters
For known issues with the 3.4.8 release, see the Version 3.4.8 FAQ in the documentation site.. Please note that it is expected that you will be logged out as soon as the update is complete.
The Production Leadership Team's goal is to continue to provide regular, frequent updates to the Joomla community. Learn more about Joomla development at the Joomla Developer Network.
Joomla! 3.4.7 Released
Joomla! 3.4.7 is now available. This is a security release for the 3.x series of Joomla which addresses a critical security vulnerability and one low level security vulnerabilities. We strongly recommend that you update your sites immediately.
This release only contains the security fixes; no other changes have been made compared to the Joomla 3.4.6 release.
What's in 3.4.7
Version 3.4.7 is released to address two reported security vulnerabilities and includes security hardening of the MySQLi driver to help prevent object injection attacks.
The Joomla Security Strike team has been following up on the critical security vulnerability patched last week. Since the recent update it has become clear that the root cause is a bug in PHP itself. This was fixed by PHP in September of 2015 with the releases of PHP 5.4.45, 5.5.29, 5.6.13 (Note that this is fixed in all versions of PHP 7 and has been back-ported in some specific Linux LTS versions of PHP 5.3). The only Joomla sites affected by this bug are those which are hosted on vulnerable versions of PHP. We are aware that not all hosts keep their PHP installations up to date so we are making this release to deal with this issue on vulnerable PHP versions.
Security Issues Fixed
- High Priority - Core - Session Hardening (affecting Joomla 1.5 through 3.4.6) More information »
- Low Priority - Core - SQL Injection (affecting Joomla 3.0.0 through 3.4.6) More information »
Please see the documentation wiki for FAQ’s regarding the 3.4.7 release. It is important to note that due to some session changes you will not be able to edit items until you log out and log back in again. Please note that there has been a backwards compatibility break regarding how session management is handled. If you are using the documented Joomla API you will have no issues. The changes are fully documented in the release documentation.
Important Security Announcement - Patch Available Soon
A Joomla 3.4.7 release containing a security fix will be published today (Monday 21st December) at approximately 21:00 UTC
The Joomla Security Strike team has been following up on the critical security vulnerability patched last week. Since the recent update it has become clear that the root cause is a bug in PHP itself. This was fixed by PHP in September of this year (2015) with the releases of PHP 5.4.45, 5.5.29, 5.6.13 (N.B. Fixed in all versions of PHP 7 and has been backported in some specific Linux LTS versions of PHP 5.3). The only Joomla sites affected by this bug are those which are hosted on vulnerable versions of PHP. We are aware that not all hosts keep their PHP installations up to date so we are releasing a Joomla Update later today which contains additional protection for those users. We do of course recommend that all users apply this update as soon as possible.
From Joomla 3.4.6, performing an update to the new version is as simple as logging in and clicking an update button. The update version warning notice will be clearly visible as soon as an administrator logs in. Joomla advises that there are Joomla extensions available that can apply updates automatically.
Although no longer supported officially, the Joomla Security Strike Team plans to issue patches for Joomla versions 1.5 and 2.5.
Until the release is out, please understand that we cannot provide any further information.
Joomla! 3.4.6 Released
Joomla! 3.4.6 is now available. This is a security release for the 3.x series of Joomla which addresses a critical security vulnerability and 4 low level security vulnerabilities. We strongly recommend that you update your sites immediately.
This release only contains the security fixes; no other changes have been made compared to the Joomla 3.4.5 release.
What's in 3.4.6
Version 3.4.6 is released to address four reported security vulnerabilities and includes security hardening of the user password reset system.
Security Issues Fixed
- High Priority - Core - Remote Code Execution (affecting Joomla 1.5 through 3.4.5) More information »
- Low Priority - Core - CRSF Hardening (affecting Joomla 3.2.0 through 3.4.5) More information »
- Low Priority - Core - Directory Traversal (affecting Joomla 3.2.0 through 3.4.5) More information »
- Low Priority - Core - Directory Traversal (affecting Joomla 3.4.0 through 3.4.5) More information »
Please see the documentation wiki for FAQ’s regarding the 3.4.6 release.
Supplements often hold harmful stuff
Lead in ginkgo pills. Arsenic in herbals. Bugs in a baby's colic and teething syrup. Toxic metals and parasites are part of nature, and all of these have been found in "natural" products and dietary supplements in recent years.
et aside the issue of whether vitamin and herbal supplements do any good. Are they safe? Is what's on the label really what's in the bottle? Tests by researchers and private labs suggest the answer sometimes is no. One quarter of supplements tested by an independent company over the last decade have had some sort of problem. Some contained contaminants. Others had contents that did not match label claims. Some had ingredients that exceeded safe limits. Some contained real drugs masquerading as natural supplements.
"We buy it just as the consumer buys it" from stores, said Dr. Tod Cooperman, president of ConsumerLab.com. The company tests pills for makers that want its seal of approval, and publishes ratings for subscribers, much as Consumer Reports does with household goods.
Other tests, reported in scientific journals, found prenatal vitamins lacking claimed amounts of iodine and supplements short on ginseng and hoodia -- an African plant sparking the latest diet craze.
"There's at least 10 times more hoodia sold in this country than made in the world, so people are not getting hoodia," said Dr. Mehmet Oz, a heart surgeon and frequent Oprah Winfrey guest who occasionally has touted the stuff.
Industry groups say that quality problems are the exception rather than the rule.
"I believe that the problem is narrow, that the well-established and reputable brands deserve their reputations," said Michael McGuffin, president of the American Herbal Products Association.
Of course, prescription drugs have had problems, too. Dozens of deaths were linked last year to tainted heparin, a blood thinner produced in China, for example. However, pharmaceutical drugs must show evidence to the government of safety and effectiveness before they go on sale. Not so for dietary supplements.
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