SiteGround Customers Protected Against Serious VirtueMart Vulnerability!


A serious vulnerability in the popular Joomla extension VirtueMart was discovered by the awesome people at Sucuri during one of their regular security audits. It allows regular users to gain Super Administrator privileges to a Joomla website with VirtueMart 2.6.8c and below installed on it. If a site with an older version of VirtueMart allows user registration (which is a default mode in VirtueMart) it can be hacked through this vulnerability.
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TimThumb Critical Vulnerability Fixed on SiteGround Servers


Another serious security issue was reported earlier today within one of the popular WordPress plugins for managing thumbnails - TimThumb. This plugin already has a history of causing security issues in the past with which we dealt with. The current vulnerability allows the attacker to gain unauthorised access to your hosting account and even execute shell commands on it. Needless to say, this is not something we can allow to happen.

Our security team has reacted immediatelly after the vulnerability was disclosed. We have applied a patch in our in-house system to protect all our customers from getting hacked through TimThumb. Currently, if you're hosted on SiteGround, you will be protected against hacking attempts that try to utilise this problem.

However, we strongly recommend that you switch plugins or update TimThumb as soon as new version is released.

SiteGround SMS Notifications now Help you Sleep Better!


It is very stressful to receive a call while on a vacation by a customer, asking if you have any idea why his site is down. It is even more unpleasant to realize that the reason is something so simple, as a failed renewal, or something else, that you could have easily prevented, if you knew about it on time. To minimize the chance for such situations we have launched a brand new SMS notification system.

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