jAutoUpdate – the newest free Joomla extension by SiteGround!

The newest component added to our free Joomla extensions addresses a problem we have identified while analyzing the Joomla-related technical requests we receive. It turned out that a lot of people ask SiteGround support team member for help after their application has been hacked as it was outdated. Most of the people experiencing such problems are actually well aware that it is important to keep their application up-to-date. However, the manual update isn't easy enough for them and they do not perform it on a regular basis. So to provide an easy way for updating Joomla and thus prevent many security issues we have created jAutoUpdate. The component can be used to automatically update a Joomla application to the latest 1.5 version available with a single mouse click.

jAutoUpdate has three main functions that can be used through the Joomla administration area after the component is installed:

Once the version check icon is clicked jAutoUpdate checks for the latest available Joomla 1.5 version and compares it to the version currently used by the customer. If the application is outdated the Joomla Update option will appear.

This button will automatically apply an update patch from the currently used version to the latest Joomla 1.5 version available and will update fast and easily only the files that are different in the new version.

The forced update will replace all Joomla 1.5 system files with the ones from the latest stable package. This option is very useful for fixing more serious issues like Joomla system files missing or wrong modifications made to core Joomla files.

With the new component the Joomla update becomes extremely easy and we hope that fewer Joomla websites will be vulnerable to exploits due to outdated versions thanks to this component.

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  1. Reply December 19, 2010 / 09:47 dominikSiteGround Team

    Is there a forum or forum thread about issues with jautoupdate?

  2. Reply December 30, 2010 / 02:19 HristoSiteGround Team

    Yes, you can open a thread or reply to an existing one in the Joomla section of our forum - http://forum.siteground.com/

  3. Reply December 14, 2012 / 13:48 johnSiteGround Team

    has the component jautoupdate been hacked ? I am on latest 1.5.26 and Jautoupdate tells me that I am not on the latest release ! and on an outdated release -

    also site was hacked - and only different thing on that site is from other sites I have is that it has jautoupdate

    • Reply December 17, 2012 / 04:13 HristoSiteGround Team

      Hello John,

      Joomla 1.5.26 is the latest version of the 1.5 branch. I have just applied a minor fix to our plugin. Please re-download it from our site and you shouldn't see update messages.

      As to your other question, jAutoUpdate does not have any known security issues. In addition, it couldn't provide a way for an attacker to hack your site. Joomla 1.5, however, has been discontinued for support since April 30th 2012. This means that even if there are known security issues they will not be patched and new version will not be released.

      I strongly recommend you that you upgrade your Joomla site to the Long-Term-Support Joomla version - 2.5. By doing this you will significantly reduce the chance to get hacked.

  4. Reply September 4, 2013 / 19:01 TonySiteGround Team

    I have a site that is at 1.5.26 and it contains jAutoUpdate. As I look at migrating to 2.5 or higher, I have a question regarding this extension ...

    It's obviously not compatible to 2.5 and higher, so if I migrate to one of those versions will I experience issues because this extension is being referenced, or will it just ignore it and I will not have issues?

    Thanks in advance for you help!

    • Reply September 5, 2013 / 00:38 MarinaSiteGround Team

      upon migration you will be asked what to transfer to the new version. You can simply skip the jAutoUpdate.

      If you are a SiteGround customer, you can turn on our Joomla Auto-Update service from the cPanel, which makes the core and plugin updates for you and saves the hassle.


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