Joomla 3.8.12 Released — Here’s How to Install / Upgrade on Ubuntu 16.04 | 18.04 LTS

Joomla 3.8.12 is now available to install or upgrade your existing Joomla site… This is a security release for the 3.x series of Joomla which addresses 3 security vulnerabilities and contains over 20 bug fixes and improvements….

If you’re currently running a website or blog powered by Joomla and haven’t upgraded, it’s recommended that you do so soon, if not immediately… Many of the security issues dicovered are considered low to moderate priority… so no big threats for now… but important that you update your site(s)….

For more about this release, please check its news page here

This brief post shows students and new users how to install or upgrade Joomla to the latest released version easily… If you don’t already have websites powered by Joomla, then use the steps below to install a new site with Joomla.

Below are list of security fixes included in the release.. these security updates apply to all previous versions of Joomla up to 3.x.x

Security Issues Fixed

  • Low Priority – Core –  Hardening the InputFilter for phar stubs (affecting Joomla 1.5.0 through 3.8.11)
  • Low Priority – Core – Stored XSS vulnerability in the frontend profile (affecting Joomla 1.5.0 through 3.8.11)
  • Low Priority – Core – ACL Violation in custom fields (affecting Joomla 3.7.0 through 3.8.11)

Bug fixes and Improvements

  • mod_articles_latest and mod_articles_news: fix to show featured articles
  • Tags in com_content: fix to display tags when other item info are set to hidden
  • com_tags: All Tags default layout
  • Allows filtering by the archived state in the redirect component

Step 1: Upgrade Joomla

If you have an existing Joomla website, then step 1 is all you need… but before upgrading, make sure to backup your site.. That’s very important.

There are many components available to help you backup  your site…

The recommended way to update installations of Joomla! is to use the Joomla Updater component found in the Components menu of your site Administrator…

Depending on your site settings, if an update is available there will be a message indicating this and a button to press to upgrade…

Joomla Update Ubuntu

Click Install the Update button to begin the installation… If everything is right, your site should successfully update to the latest version..

joomla ubuntu update

That’s how to upgrade Joomla…

Step 2: Install Joomla CMS

If you don’t already have Joomla installed, then you will  have to install a new site… We’ve shown you how to do that on Ubuntu with Apache2 and Nginx webservers…

Installing Joomla with Apache2 webserver

Installing Joomla with Nginx webserver

After the steps above, your site shoiuld be running the latest version of Joomla.. Again, you can always come back here to learn how to manage your Joomla site.


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