Drupal Changed Our Lives
It is very rare that something so powerful can change a company overnight. Our long history as a web development company can be defined in single word: "Custom". Custom web designs, custom web programming, and custom web applications. These skills are things that we are most proud to promote. However, a "custom" Website doesn’t have to mean starting from scratch. Today, with the power of the entire contributed Drupal community, things are different. There have been so many advances in Drupal’s open source solutions that it is impossible for any web development company to ignore. The Drupal framework only enhanced our ability to develop custom Websites for our clients. Drupal changed our lives — It opened up new doors for all of us at Nu-Designs and our clients.
What is Drupal?
Drupal is an open source platform for creating a Website. Thousands of web developers world wide use the Drupal platform. Many of these developers have contributed additional functions to the platform. These new functions are contributed to the Drupal community in the form of a Module. A Drupal module is a widget of code that works with the Drupal framework. The module basically plugs into the Website, adds new functionality and can be configured in a variety of ways. Today there is a library of over 8,000 Drupal modules available for any project. As a Drupal developer, Nu-Designs can leverage this module library for the benefit of our customers. We can utilize existing modules or we can make "custom" modules to meet our clients needs. The point is: why do something from scratch when it has already been done before? To find out more information about the Drupal framework, visit the Drupal.org Website.
If you are a Drupal developer be sure to check out our Drupal community site Made With Drupal.
News and Updates from Drupal.org
May 29, 2013
The Drupal.org Security Team and Infrastructure Team has discovered unauthorized access to account information on Drupal.org and groups.drupal.org.
This access was accomplished via third-party software installed on the Drupal.org server infrastructure, and was not the result of a vulnerability within Drupal itself. This notice applies specifically to user account data stored on Drupal.org and groups.drupal.org, and not to sites running Drupal generally.
Information exposed includes usernames, email addresses, and country information, as well as hashed passwords. However, we are still investigating the incident and may learn about other types of information compromised, in which case we will notify you accordingly. As a precautionary measure, we've reset all Drupal.org account holder passwords and are requiring users to reset their passwords at their next login attempt. A user password can be changed at any time by taking the following steps.
- Go to https://drupal.org/user/password
- Enter your username or email address.
- Check your email and follow the link to enter a new password.
- It can take up to 15 minutes for the password reset email to arrive. If you do not receive the e-mail within 15 minutes, make sure to check your spam folder as well.
All Drupal.org passwords are both hashed and salted, although some older passwords on some subsites were not salted.
See below recommendations on additional measure that you can take to protect your personal information.What happened?
Unauthorized access was made via third-party software installed on the Drupal.org server infrastructure, and was not the result of a vulnerability within Drupal itself. We have worked with the vendor to confirm it is a known vulnerability and has been publicly disclosed. We are still investigating and will share more detail when it is appropriate. Upon discovering the files during a security audit, we shut down the association.drupal.org website to mitigate any possible ongoing security issues related to the files. The Drupal Security Team then began forensic evaluations and discovered that user account information had been accessed via this vulnerability.
The suspicious files may have exposed profile information like username, email address, hashed password, and country. In addition to resetting your password on Drupal.org, we are also recommending a number of measures (below) for further protection of your information, including, among others, changing or resetting passwords on other sites where you may use similar passwords.What are we doing about it?
We take security very seriously on Drupal.org. As attacks on high-profile sites (regardless of the software they are running) are common, we strive to continuously improve the security of all Drupal.org sites.
To that end, we have taken the following steps to secure the Drupal.org infrastructure:
- Staff at the OSU Open Source Lab (where Drupal.org is hosted) and the Drupal.org infrastructure teams rebuilt production, staging, and development webheads and GRSEC secure kernels were added to most servers
- We are scanning and have not found any additional malicious or dangerous files and we are making scanning a routine job in our process
- There are many subsites on Drupal.org including older sites for specific events. We created static archives of those sites.
We would also like to acknowledge that we are conducting an investigation into the incident, and we may not be able to immediately answer all of the questions you may have. However, we are committed to transparency and will report to the community once we have an investigation report.
If you find that any reason to believe that your information has been accessed by someone other than yourself, please contact the Drupal Association immediately by sending an email to email@example.com. We regret this occurred and want to assure you we are working hard to improve security.
Drupal Association Executive Director
The Drupal.org Security Team and Infrastructure Team has identified unauthorized access to user information on Drupal.org and groups.drupal.org, which occured via third-party software installed on the Drupal.org server infrastructure.What information of mine was exposed?
The information includes username, email address, hashed passwords, and country for some users. However, we are still investigating the incident and may learn about other types of information compromised, in which case we will notify you accordingly.Was my credit card information exposed?
We do not store credit card information on our site and have uncovered no evidence that card numbers may have been intercepted. However, we are still investigating the incident and may learn about other types of information compromised, in which case we will notify you accordingly.Were projects or hosted drupal.org code altered?
We have no evidence to suggest that an unauthorized user modified Drupal core or any contributed projects or packages on Drupal.org. Software distributed on Drupal.org is open source and bundled from publicly accessible repositories with log histories and access controls.Does this affect my own Drupal site?
This notice applies specifically to user account data stored on Drupal.org and groups.drupal.org, and not to sites running Drupal generally. However, we recommend that you follow best practices and follow any security notices from Drupal.org or third party integrations to keep your site safe. Resources include the following sites:
Unauthorized access was made via third-party software installed on the Drupal.org server infrastructure, and was not the result of a vulnerability within Drupal itself. We have worked with the vendor to confirm it is a known vulnerability and has been publicly disclosed. We are still investigating and will share more detail when it is appropriate.What has been done to prevent this type of unauthorized access in the future?
There have been several infrastructure and application changes including:
- Open Source Lab, the group that hosts the servers for Drupal and infrastructure teams rebuilt production, staging, and development webheads
- GRSEC secure kernels were added to most servers
- An anti-virus scanner was run over file servers, and run routinely to detect malicious files being uploaded to the Drupal.org servers.
- We hardened our Apache web server configurations
- We made static archives of any site that has been end-of-lifed and will not be updated in the future
- Sites that were no longer going to receive feature or content updates were converted to static copies to minimize maintenance.
- We removed old passwords on sub-sites and non-production installations
At this point there is no information to share.What is the security team doing to investigate the unauthorized access?
We have a forensics team made up of both Drupal Association staff and trusted community volunteers who are security experts investigating.How is my Drupal.org password protected?
Passwords on Drupal.org are stored in a hashed format. Currently, passwords are both hashed and salted using multiple rounds of hashing (based on PHPass). Passwords on some subsites were not salted.Who maintains the Drupal.org site?
The Drupal Association is responsible for maintaining the site, with the assistance of many trusted Drupal community volunteers.How can I delete my profile rather than create a new password?
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the request.What else can I do to protect myself?
First, we recommend as a precaution that you change or reset passwords on other sites where you may use similar passwords, even though all passwords on Drupal.org are salted and hashed. Some older passwords on some subsites were not salted. To make your password more secure:
- Do not use passwords that are simple words or phrases
- Never use the same password on multiple sites or services
- Use different types of characters in your password (uppercase letters, lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols).
Second, be cautious if you receive e-mails asking for your personal information and be on the lookout for unwanted spam. It is not our practice to request personal information by e-mail. Also, beware of emails that threaten to close your account if you do not take the "immediate action" of providing personal information.
Although we do not store credit card information, as a precaution we recommend you closely monitor your financial accounts if you made a transaction on association.drupal.org or if you use a password with your fianancial institution that is similar to your Drupal.org password. If you see unauthorized activity (in the U.S.), we also suggest that you submit a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission ("FTC") by calling 1-877-ID-THEFT (1-877-438-4338).
Based on the results of the investigation into this incident, we may update the FAQs and may recommend additional measures for protecting your personal information.
May 7, 2013
Drupal.org and its sub-sites (api.drupal.org, groups.drupal.org, etc) will be going down for 30 minutes Thursday, May 9, 17:00 PDT (May 10, 0:00 UTC). This maintenance window will be used to remove a core hack. Please follow the @drupal_infra twitter account for updates during the downtime and thanks for your patience!
April 29, 2013
Scott Reynen has done some fun things in the Drupal community. Some notable examples:
- Coordinated many meetups in Denver ensuring they happen, with interesting topics, and tasty pizza options
- Helped to organize several Drupalcamps in Colorado (which will be June 29th/30 in 2013)
- Presents on various topics at Drupalcamps
- Helps as one of the 3 site maintainers for groups.drupal.org
- Is an active Project Application queue reviewer heavily interested in new-contributor-onboarding and project quality
- Takes care of abandoned projects and ownership requests in the Webmasters queue
- And does a pretty darn good job as the maintainer for modules like @font-your-face.
About 4 years ago, I took a job as a developer with Aten Design Group, where we do mostly Drupal projects. At the time, I was pretty skeptical of content management systems, after frustrating experiences with both WordPress and Joomla. But I quickly grew to appreciate Drupal’s modular architecture.What do you do with Drupal these days?
Most of my Drupal time is spent building websites for clients. I’m fortunate to be able to work on projects I really care about, like the International Center for Transitional Justice, the National Center for Women & Information Technology, and the United Nations Development Programme. Apart from client work, I use Drupal as a platform to explore new ideas. With a wide variety of code and a huge active community, Drupal serves as a great incubator.You’re involved with the Drupal community locally and internationally - can you describe some of the things you do and why you like them?
I co-maintain Drupal Groups (groups.drupal.org), deal with abandoned projects on Drupal.org, do some work on project review applications, help organize the local Denver Drupal meetup, actively mentor a few people, and contribute some modules. I think I like all of this because I feel like I’m actively building the future, either through directly improving the web, or by enabling other people to improve the web.What got you started in the project application review process?
I didn’t go through the application review process to get my own Git (previously CVS) access, and didn’t realize the process existed for a long time. So I think some feeling of debt played a part in my getting involved. But I also believe the future of Drupal depends on people who aren’t yet involved, and the application process, if not handled well, can very easily be a point where we turn away this next generation of contributors.What are some of your favorite moments from that process?
It’s always nice to get thanks from new contributors for my feedback, or to discover a cool new module before it even has a release. But I think my favorite moment was when klausi arrived. Before that, I felt like I had to stay actively involved or the whole process might fall apart. When klausi started doing a superhuman number of reviews, I could comfortably step away from the queue for a short (or even long) period of time and avoid both catastrophe and burnout.
Read a previous Community Spotlight about Klaus Purer (klausi).Are there any cool projects you’ve learned about through that process?
Commerce Registration is, I think, a great example of why the review process is important to the wider community. After some quick minor bug fixes in the review process, that project was approved and is now part of the Conference Organizing Distribution, used in every DrupalCon site. And the maintainer has gone on to contribute several other modules, a few to Drupal Commons that will be part of the next version of the Drupal Groups site. A more frustrating project review could have easily meant the Drupal community losing all of this.What changes do you hope will come in the project review process?
Mostly I think we just need more people with the right mindset. Right now, the “needs review” backlog is gradually disappearing, largely thanks to a lot of new reviewers. I think we just need to keep more of these reviewers involved and make sure they know, as jthorson recently wrote, “the role of reviewers in this process is that of a 'mentor', not 'traffic cop'”.What is your favorite part about the Drupal community?
It’s rare to hear someone say “I don’t care” in the Drupal community. There’s plenty of work that goes off the rails on passionate debate over what color to paint the bike shed, and that can grow tedious. But our bike sheds are the best-painted on the web (12 coats!), because people really care. I like that.Tell us a little about your background or things that interest you outside Drupal?
When I was young, I hit myself in the forehead with a boomerang. I wasn’t entirely unfamiliar with the concept, but I’d never had one actually come back. This one did, just as I was turning to see where it had landed. Stitches weren't great back then, so I still have a scar. I still have problems with tools doing what I say rather than what I expect.
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