Software Updates for Drupal
Drupal updates can occor monthly. Typically in the form if bugs fixes or security patching. Updates often add new features which can improve the drupal sites overall design and performance. Software updates are usually for Drupal core, its themes and contributed modules..
Modules in Drupal
Modules, (known as plugins in WordPress) are bolt pieces of software for Drupal created by independent developers, containing. As Drupal is updated so too are theses separate applications.
Software Conflicts & updates in Drupal
It is possible to perform the updates yourself, however doing so is quite time consuming, stressful and risky. It’s important to have updates performed regularly by a professional developer who knows what they’re doing and who can roll back or tackle any issues that may arise from the update.
Security Issues affecting Drupal
Keeping your Drupal website core, modules and themes up-to-date will prevent your website from being vulnerable to malware infections and outside attacks.
Hacking is usually performed, by Hackbots where they test by pinging domains and test the vulnerability of the site and webserver. As soon as a problem is identified by Drupal or one of the plugin developers an update, and release a new version.
Hackers will quite often capitalise on these documented security issues and update their hack bots with this exploit, this is with a view to targeting sites that haven’t patched their software.