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Posted: Thu May 24, 2018 10:12 pm
by Daniel
A few members have contacted me to tell me that they have recieved an email from a fake opencart site.

Do not install this software because your site will probably be hacked!

Not sure how they got so many emails but it was not from

This is the email
From: Update Alert <>
Date: Thu, May 24, 2018 at 5:06 AM
Subject: Enquiry Update Alert
To: ***@*****.com

OpenCart Security Update 3.0.4 – Update Immediately

OpenCart Core version 3.0.4 has just been released.All previous versions of OpenCart core are vulnerable to RCE attacks.
To update OpenCart, please follow the link in this message.

Best Wishes,
Opencart Security Team

Re: Scammer

Posted: Fri May 25, 2018 1:40 am
Well, that additional JS File might contain a problem, at least, if it's not part
of a latest default version ... :
exept for the YANDEX - insert, with really should not be part of a default OC anyway ...
it could even be against latest EU Regulations :D

Re: Scammer

Posted: Fri May 25, 2018 10:31 pm
by Johnathan
Thanks for the warning, Daniel.

Re: Scammer

Posted: Tue May 29, 2018 6:09 pm
by miklcct

I have checked the package, it will install a backdoor using obfuscated code and send the information to a gateway located at

Please report such mail as spam immediately when you receive it.

Re: Scammer

Posted: Wed May 30, 2018 12:27 am
by billynoah
The emails my clients received all came through the Contact Us form in older versions of Opencart (pre 2.0). Pretty sure there's a botnet scanning for Opencart sites and sending these emails. As Daniel suggested in our correspondence, it would be advisable to replace the older captcha with Google reCaptcha to prevent these and all kinds of other bot email scams.

For users of legacy versions I'm offering the attached vQmod for free to help remedy this exploit - it replaces older captcha with Google reCaptcha for Contact Form, Affiliate registration and Customer Registration. To use it you will need to register you site here to obtain keys:

Settings to add your keys can be found in the system > settings > server tab.

Note: The attached software has been preliminarily tested on OC using default theme. If you find a bug please report it here and I'll do my best to fix it in a timely manner. It should work out of the box with most third party themes, however if it doesn't and you need help you can post on the commercial support forums or email me directly for paid support.

Re: Scammer

Posted: Tue Jun 19, 2018 12:55 pm
by purpletreesoft
As on date it is a reported site and blocked by many AV. Things achieve their fate, even if slowly.

Re: Scammer

Posted: Sat Jul 07, 2018 1:42 pm
by ujjawal_77
Why open developer use a auto version update feature like worldpress so that from admin itself, the latest version of opencart could be updated without taking all pain. Update scripts are not rebust and require much of technical knowledge.

Re: Scammer

Posted: Tue Jul 24, 2018 2:29 pm
by funnykid
I too got spam mails from this website. Thanks god for not installing that software. Is that site blocked?

Re: Scammer

Posted: Thu Jul 26, 2018 10:04 am
why don't opencart developer use a auto version update feature like wordpress ...
If so, OpenCart Developers would have to strictly follow certain Rules, and Themes like Pavo, Journal,
e.t.c. would have to be re-designed in full, as well as a lot of other Code, to then meet such Requirements.

But OC does not have the Potential, and/or Manpower, to enforce such a policy, and as long as OC is still
a steady developing Project, they have to make sure, not to stay in their own way, but always be free, to
adapt, whatever is required, to latest Knowledge and Techniques.

But for those, looking for a 'final' Solution, to avoid such, OC offers Cloud Services, the latest way of
doing things. But unfortunately, that's no longer a Free Rider Solution, but just another commercial
Thing. And the only way, to somehow succeed, like in every other real Business around this planet.
It just has to be understud and accepted. And if not, Wordpress itself also comes for free, as I'm aware of,
one only has to pay for the Shop Mods ... :D