A successful Joomla security audit will: Identify your sites web version and configuration. Compare your web s server configuration and installed components against the most recent available. Investigate exploited modules against the known security flaws list. Perform a scan with an online vulnerability assessment tool.
Some of these steps may sound very simple but can be a time consuming task for website owners. Website owners often find themselves in a difficult situation where they want to update their Joomla but can’t because of one reason or another. When a security issue occurs, the easiest solution is to use the Joomla Security Audit plug-in to automate the process and allow the update to happen automatically without further risk.
The first step to performing a security audit in Joomla is to identify the vulnerable areas of the website. Then we have to do a comprehensive web application vulnerability assessment and find out the real vulnerability. We can do this manually using the Perfectives scanning tool and the Log Insight scanning module or by using the External Program Vulnerability scanner for more detailed information. After the initial vulnerability assessment we should go through the source code to find out if there are any vulnerable Joomla components. This can be done using the Site Scanner and then the HTML Code Analyzer.
We have to make a difference between an actual security issue and a perceived one. In case of a potential security issue we have to fix it before anyone can even notice that the application is hacked. If the website is hacked, we have to fix the issues that are the root cause of the attack and not the symptoms. This is the first step towards a Joomla security audit in action. We have to identify the issues first and fix them accordingly.
When a Joomla website is hacked and users find out that their personal data has been accessed, we have to act very quickly to prevent any further damage. There will be several security experts working over the affected sites to find out the root cause of the attack. They may be able to find out what the hackers used in order to get into the website. The security experts should track down these hackers and stop them from doing this in the future.
During a Joomla Security Audit it is important to find out whether a particular piece of me was hacked from the outside or was accessed internally. This is because many can developers use insecure internals. These insecure internals allow any user in the organisation to gain access to your CMS. Some of the most common reasons why a CMS gets hacked includes the Referer Check, View All, Find All, Clear All and Delete All buttons and to some extent the function.
A Joomla Security Audit will also look into whether a particular web hosting service is installed with vulnerable cms. It is for this reason that web hosting companies usually have their own security auditing team. The staff of the web hosting companies are specially trained professionals who know how to deal with such problems. The web hosting company will provide you with all the information regarding their security auditing services. If however you have decided to install your own CMS then you will have to find the source code and then fix any flaws in the code.
One of the most common ways by which Joomla Security Audit can be performed is by using the source code. You have to make a list of the vulnerable areas in your is and then find out where the vulnerable points exist in the code. With the help of a Joomla Bug Finder you can identify all the vulnerable points in the source code of Joomla. Fixing the vulnerabilities will make sure that the site is completely secure. However if your CMS is hacked then you might not be able to conduct an audit of the site until you are completely confident that the hacked area is completely secure.