Urgent Joomla 1.5 security vulnerability discovered
- Written by Tom Elliott Tom Elliott
- Category: Joomla 1.5 Joomla 1.5
- Published: 13 August 2008 13 August 2008
From the Joomla.org website:
The Joomla! community is pleased to announce the immediate availability of Joomla! 1.5.6 [Vusani]. This is a quick turnaround security release to address a high level security issue and it is recommended all users upgrade immediately.
A flaw in the reset token validation mechanism allows for non-validating tokens to be forged. This will allow an unauthenticated, unauthorized user to reset the password of the first enabled user (lowest id). Typically, this is an administrator user. Note, that changing the first users username may lessen the impact of this exploit (since the person who changed the password does not know the login associated with the new password). However, the only way to completely rectify the issue is to upgrade to 1.5.6 (or patch the /components/com_user/models/reset.php file).
For more information about this exploit, click here to visit the Joomla Security Blog.