his article discusses the importance of Joomla as a Content Management System that is used by 2.7% of the web and how a possible new malware exploit has been discovered. The PHP BASE64 malware exploit is a well-documented exploit of PHP but the implementation of this exploit as it relates to Joomla is a very ingenious method not previously used before, as far as the authors were able to discover. In this particularly case, PHP code is embedded in a GIF file to produce a very sophisticated and unique malware exploit to Joomla.
Rohm, M.S. Terrell; Rohm Jr., C.E. Tapie; and Brown, Haakon
"Discovering a Joomla Exploit for Possible Malware: Social Engineering and a PHP BASE64 GIF Exploit,"
Communications of the IIMA: Vol. 11
, Article 5.
Available at: http://scholarworks.lib.csusb.edu/ciima/vol11/iss1/5