We have had reports that extensions from joomla-pro.org may contain malicious code. If anyone has a copy of an extension downloaded from the developers site, please contact us.

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Recently the vel team became aware of a mass of reports concerning dozens of  joomla extensions being vulnerable.
All these reports were by the same person, who had not taken due care nor had they made a responsible disclosure to the vel team or to the developers.

The Joomla Project recently released a security advisory regarding the PHP Mailer library. Please read the announcement for further details. Some extensions also include their own versions of vulnerable library, and developers of the relevant extensions are urged to release updates as soon as possible.

The VEL will be maintaining a list of extensions affected by the issue. Users of the affected extensions are strongly advised to update. To be clear, inclusion on the list simply means that the extension includes the vulnerable library, not that an exploit exists, you should contact the developer if you have any questions.

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We are seeing an increasing number of forum posts stating that a site maintainer has had their or their clients sites hacked and they are unable to update from joomla 1.5 due to either custom designed components or not having a budget to do their upgrade.
Leaving aside the dangers of custom component design, not

Using a quick start package may be the quickest way to get a fully set up , add your content site. but are you aware of the dangers.
we tested several quick starts from major providers ranging from Template developers and extension developers who include a ready to go version of Joomla.
We found that there were varying degrees of insecurities. None of these packages are plug/play/forget.

The most common issue and vulnerability was the use of out of date version of Joomla. When (at the time of writing) Joomla is 3.5.1 we found the worst case was 3.3.1 with several security vulnerabilities. Possibly the worst one was an extension developer charging for a download that included 2.5.29