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question about joomla versions and update problems

Postby halirob » Fri Apr 06, 2012 1:17 pm

Hello, I assist someone in running multiple joomla sites. that unfortunately are in in old versions and not upgraded yet. All these site are production sites for businesses so downtime is not an option if something goes wrong.

One site is running 1.7.3. About a month ago we tried to upgrade it to 2.5, and it seemed like it worked, but it was a disaster the next day. Clients could not login, do to what looked like a compatibility problem with "Admin Tools", so we had to roll the site back to 1.7.3. Obviously this has made us extremely gun shy about upgrading.

one question I have is I see all the high security alerts for 2.5, and i'm still sitting at 1.7.3. They are High severity, but not deemed as critical. Obviously, i need to help in upgrading this eventually again, but the owner does not have a lot $ to pay for time to do the upgrade right now and test it. How hard should i push to get these upgraded to 2.5.

The owner also has some older sites running 1.5.21. The tricky part of this is that it is running Joomla Multi Site. So upgrading this is even more trickier. These sites have been running fine for 2 years, and I really don't want to touch them, as there is a large number based here. Is 1.5.21 a safe version to stay at, even though I have seen couple of security alerts.

thanks for the information, I love joomla, but I do not enjoy the complexity with the spider of compatibility issues that arrise with security updates and component versions. It is complicated.

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Re: question about joomla versions and update problems

Postby leolam » Mon Apr 09, 2012 2:53 am

Well you have little choice. Your Joomla 1.5.21 websites are extremely vulnerable since all upgrades from Joomla 1.5.15 onwards have been security updates. This means that your site(s) is having huge security risks and one of these days you are going to be in deep, deep trouble and than $ are going to be a lot more! So like it or not but you need to upgrade to Joomla 1.5.26 (!!!)

Re your Joomla 1.7.3 same issue.... Joomla 1.7 is End of Life, is known to be full of security issues and you are playing with 'your life' of the site! And I do not understand your hesitation. Upgrade from m1.7 to 2.5 goes with a cick on a button and if you follow the guide I have written in the migration forum (first sticky) it is not a big deal.. Couple of clicks of your mouse. Extensions not compatible with Joomla 2.5? Good reason to get rid of them!

So your choice: Stand still or get whacked, hacked and loose your sites OR have a secure environment and migrate 1.5 to 2.5 and upgrade your Joomla sites

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Re: question about joomla versions and update problems

Postby halirob » Mon Apr 09, 2012 10:35 am

Thanks for the feedback. That is what I feared.


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