vBulletin users warned of potential exploit

The forum software's developers advise users to delete the 'install' folder

By Lucian Constantin, IDG News Service |  Software

According to vBulletin Solutions, over 100,000 community websites are running on vBulletin, including some operated by Zynga, Electronic Arts, Sony Pictures, NASA, Valve Corporation and other well known companies.

In July, hackers broke into UbuntuForums.org, a community website for the Ubuntu Linux distribution with over 1.8 million registered accounts, and managed to access information about users, including email addresses and password hashes. The site was using vBulletin.

"In summary, the root cause was a combination of a compromised individual account and the configuration settings in vBulletin, the Forums application software," Canonical, the company that operates the site, said in a blog post following the incident.

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