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  • Drupal 6.3 Security update

    I have successfully created my the Drupal 6.2 web page. Under available updates, I am told there is a 6.3 Drupal Core security update. I have tried a couple of times to perform the upgrade, but I just get a failure on the opening page.

    Has anyone been able to install the 6.3 security upgrade? Can you offer any step by step instructions?

    Thanks in advance.

  • #2
    Re: Drupal 6.3 Security update

    I have included myhosting.com specifics to the instructions

    // $Id: UPGRADE.txt,v 1.12 2008/01/04 16:15:58 goba Exp $

    UPGRADING
    ---------

    Prior to upgrading, you should ensure that:

    * You have a backup of all your relevant data (#1).
    * Custom and contributed modules have been checked for compatibility (#11).
    * Custom and contributed themes have been checked for compatibility (#11).
    * You have read through this entire document.

    Let's begin!

    1. Backup your database and Drupal directory - especially your "sites"
    directory which contains your configuration file and added modules and
    themes, any contributed or custom modules in your "modules" directory,
    and your "files" directory which contains uploaded files. If other files
    have modifications, such as .htaccess or robots.txt, those should be
    backed up as well.

    Note: for a single site setup, the configuration file is the "settings.php"
    file located at sites/default/settings.php. The default.settings.php file
    contains a clean copy for restoration purposes, if required.

    For multisite configurations, the configuration file is located in a
    structure like the following:

    sites/default/settings.php
    sites/example.com/settings.php
    sites/sub.example.com/settings.php
    sites/sub.example.com.path/settings.php

    More information on multisite configuration is located in INSTALL.txt.

    Please note: .htaccess is modified by myhosting.com to meet security measures. Please backup the main .htaccess file as well

    2. If possible, log on as the user with user ID 1, which is the first account
    created and the main administrator account. User ID 1 will be able to
    automatically access update.php in step #10. There are special instructions
    in step #10 if you are unable to log on as user ID 1. Do not close your
    browser until the final step is complete.

    3. Place the site in "Off-line" mode, to let the database updates run without
    interruption and avoid displaying errors to end users of the site. This
    option is at http://www.example.com/?q=admin/setting ... aintenance
    (replace www.example.com with your installation's domain name and path).

    4. If using a custom or contributed theme, switch
    to a core theme, such as Garland or Bluemarine.

    5. Disable all custom and contributed modules.

    6. Remove all old files and directories from the Drupal installation directory.

    7. Unpack the new files and directories into the Drupal installation directory.

    8. Copy your backed up "files" and "sites" directories to the Drupal
    installation directory. If other system files such as .htaccess or
    robots.txt were customized, re-create the modifications in the new
    versions of the files using the backups taken in step #1.

    Use the filemanager if you are having problems uploading via FTP

    9. Verify the new configuration file to make sure it has correct information.

    10. Run update.php by visiting http://www.example.com/update.php (replace
    www.example.com with your Drupal installation's domain name and path). This
    step will update the core database tables to the new Drupal installation.

    Note: if you are unable to access update.php do the following:

    - Open your settings.php with a text editor.

    - There is a line that says $update_free_access = FALSE;
    Change it to $update_free_access = TRUE;

    - Once update.php is done, you must change the settings.php file
    back to its original form with $update_free_access = FALSE;

    11. Ensure that the versions of all custom and contributed modules match the
    new Drupal version to which you have updated. For a major update, such as
    from 5.x to 6.x, modules from previous versions will not be compatible
    and updated versions will be required.

    - For contributed modules, check http://drupal.org/project/modules
    for the version of a module matching your version of Drupal.

    - For custom modules, review http://drupal.org/update/modules to
    ensure that a custom module is compatible with the current version.

    12. Re-enable custom and contributed modules and re-run update.php
    to update custom and contributed database tables.

    13. Return the site to its original theme (if you switched to a core
    theme like Garland or Bluemarine in step #4). If your site uses a
    custom or contributed theme, make sure it is compatible with your
    version of Drupal.

    - For contributed themes, check http://drupal.org/project/themes
    for the version of a theme matching your version of Drupal.

    - For custom themes, review http://drupal.org/update/theme to ensure
    that a custom theme is compatible with the current version.

    14. Finally, return your site to "Online" mode so your visitors may resume
    browsing. As in step #3, this option is available in your administration
    screens at http://www.example.com/?q=admin/setting ... aintenance
    (replace www.example.com with your installation's domain name and path).

    For more information on upgrading visit
    the Drupal handbook at http://drupal.org/upgrade

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    • #3
      Re: Drupal 6.3 Security update

      Thanks for the information

      I had not added any content or configuration information (this was the original install), so the upgrade was a whole lot easier (now that I have tried lots of combinations).

      Anyway, follow the MyHosting instructions for setting up the Drupal site. The "status report" will give you a link to the 6.3 security patch. Pull the patch to your local PC and expand it.

      To upgrade to 6.3, FTP all of the files that you expanded on your local PC to the server. You will want to overwrite all files, and sub-directories, with the exception of two files ".htaccess" and "site/default/settings.php"

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      • #4
        After the above is done, just upload all the files from Drupal 6.3 over your existing Drupal 6.2 installation except for the "sites" directory. run update.php and cron.php .. Also you can use Update status module which is core optional
        just upload all the files from Drupal 6.3 over your existing Drupal 6.2 installation except for the "sites" directory. run update.php and cron.php .. Also you can use Update status module which is core optional
        use this

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