CRV2 FrameworkSpecIssuesDrupal

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Drupal is a open-source content-management. It contains features common to content management systems, including user account registration and maintenance, menu management, RSS feeds, taxonomy, page layout customization, and system administration.

Drupal runs on any environment that supports both a Web server capable of running PHP 5.2, Apache, IIS web servers with latest release and a database (such as MySQL 5.0 of higher, SQLite, PostgreSQL 8.3 or Microsoft SQL Server) to store content and settings. Because of that Drupal can be vulnerable to various security vulnerabilities to its environment that it runs on. Code Reviewer should have some knowledge into the configurations and versions of the component software used to run Drupal.

Drupal Modules

  • Drupal also uses a large array of modules components that can come from various sources. Code reviewer needs to understand what modules the application is being deployed to production with and have some access to a risk assessment of that module and what security vulnerabilities it might present to the organization that is deploying Drupal.

Drupal policy on security vulnerability

  • Drupal's policy is to announce the nature of each security vulnerability once the fix is released.
  • Administrators of Drupal sites are automatically notified of these new releases via the Update Status module or via the Update Manager, depending on the release of Drupal.
  • Drupal maintains a security announcement mailing list, a history of all security advisories, a security team home page, and an RSS feed with the most recent security advisories.
  • Code Reviewers are strongly recommended to frequently visit with Drupal Security web page.

Keep Up to date on Releases.

  • Code Reviewer needs to understand what version of Drupal and its underlying components are being used. Latest version of Drupal at the time of writing this book was Drupal 7.