Documentation

Software Version Checker

Introduction

Content Management Systems, or CMS's, are easy tools to set up a website without requiring much programming or configuration. However, as is common in a lot of popular and wide-spread software, bugs or errors in the code occur. These errors can be exploited by hackers to gain access to websites or databases connected to those CMS's. Whenever a new update for a CMS, or other popular software (MediaWiki, PhpBB) is released, those hackers will try to implement them as fast as possible in order to hack the most websites. This is why it's critical to update a CMS, plugins/themes, or any related software as soon as the update comes out. To help you facilitate this, we have created a tool to help you keep the most popular software up-to-date. Currently this feature is only active if you have an organisation or student union (kring/facultair overlegorgaan) account.

I received an e-mail!

If you receive an e-mail from the Version Checker, it's best you update the software mentioned in the e-mail as soon as possible. Make sure to download the latest public version, not just any newer version. It's also best to check if any other software you run is up-to-date: not all software is checked by the tool. (As seen below)

Supported Software

  • Drupal, Drupal Modules, Drupal Themes
  • Joomla (Joomla Plugins are not supported yet)
  • MediaWiki (MediaWiki Extensions and Themes are not supported yet)
  • PhpBB, PhpBB Plugins, PhpBB Styles
  • WordPress, WordPress Plugins, WordPress Themes

Operation

In general, the Version Checker performs the following steps:

  • Retrieve all outdated software and respective locations from a database, and check their version
  • Mail accounts using outdated software
  • Scan relevant files, detect supported software, and store in database

Stored Data

The following data is stored in the database:

  • The location of the CMS, plugin/extension or theme
  • The responsible organisation or student union (kring/facultair overlegorgaan)
  • The personal account e-mail address
  • The detected software version
  • The type and name of the software
  • The update URL for the software
  • The date the entry was added

Ignored Paths

The Version Checker has a feature allowing ULYSSIS members to specify paths that will not be searched for software. If you believe you have software that should be ignored (for example certain custom plugins or themes), you are free to e-mail a request to ulyssis@ulyssis.org. Please list your account name, the location of the specific file(s), the nature of what is being detected, and a detailed description of the specific situation.