PrestaShop Gets Hacked

by Curt Donohue on August 27, 2011

Attention: has been hacked by a malicious script which either already has or could infect your store.

Please read the information below that was written by Mike Kranzler of the PrestaShop Forum:

Posted in the PrestaShop Forum on 24 August 2011 – 11:17 AM

Last night, the PrestaShop’s official website,, was hacked, resulting in the misappropriation of a script intended for transcribing news information in the Back Office of PrestaShop stores.

The entire PrestaShop team dedicated ourselves to identifying and fixing this issue as quickly as possible. That fix has been completed.

Has my shop been infected?

This only affects PrestaShop versions 1.4/1.4.1/1.4.2/1.4.3/1.4.4, but not all shops using these versions are necessarily affected.

If you use one of these versions, please check for any of the following symptoms:

• A her.php file is at the root of /modules folder
• A .php file different from index.php is in the upload and download folders
• Your footer.tpl file has been modified.
• Your tools/smartyv2 folder is missing

If you fulfill any of these conditions, your shop may have been infected. However, it is easy to fix just by following the instructions listed below.

What should I do?
1. Change your database password (or contact your webhost if you do not know how to do it). Once you have done that, open the file in your /config folder and replace your old password with the new one.
2. Download the fix published by PrestaShop by clicking here
3. Upload it to the root folder of your shop with your FTP client (Filezilla, Transmit…)
4. Go to the url
5. The fix is now applied. Please do not forget to delete the herfix.php file previously uploaded at the root of your shop
6. Rename the admin folder
7. Change the password of all admins of your shop

If you need any help or have any additional questions, you can email us at We will answer you as soon as possible.

The whole PrestaShop team wants to deeply thank the community for its help in identifying this issue.

Curt Donohue

Curt Donohue is a PrestaShop enthusiast and the creator of as well as PrestaShop 1.4 Tutorials.

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