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Message for Sellers Using Zen Cart Shopping Cart

Merchants who use the popular shopping cart Zen Cart received some serious news this week. A security firm issued an alert on Wednesday warning of a serious vulnerability that could be exploited by hackers.

On Thanksgiving Day, Zen Cart issued a patch. “While it’s never pleasant to report about security problems, today we are announcing a few patches which should be applied to your Zen Cart store.”

EcommerceBytes heard about the problem from ShipRush, which issued a blog warning to its users on Thursday, which we tweeted right away. (Another reason to follow us on Twitter.)

ShipRush’s public service announcement warned users to make full backups that you take off site.

Since then, Zen Cart issued a patch and issued other security updates as well, which you can read about on this page.

High-Tech Bridge was the company that identified the vulnerability and warned Zen Cart.

It’s a good reminder to keep your site backed up and to keep an eye out for security patches.

Clarification: ShipRush recommended sellers “Make full backups, that you take off site, every day until this issue is resolved.”

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Ina Steiner is co-founder and Editor of EcommerceBytes and has been reporting on ecommerce since 1999. She's a widely cited authority on marketplace selling and is author of "Turn eBay Data Into Dollars" (McGraw-Hill 2006). Her blog was featured in the book, "Blogging Heroes" (Wiley 2008). She is a member of the Online News Association (Sep 2005 - present) and Investigative Reporters and Editors (Mar 2006 - present). Follow her on Twitter at @ecommercebytes and send news tips to ina@ecommercebytes.com. See disclosure at EcommerceBytes.com/disclosure/.