CiviCRM Security Policy & Announcements

CiviCRM security release announcements are announced via email and website.

Staying informed about CiviCRM security

Supported CiviCRM Versions

Security releases are made for supported versions of CiviCRM only. Previous / unsupported versions will not receive security advisories. Where possible, advisories will state which prior versions of CiviCRM were affected by the issue resolved in the current release - but generally the most secure approach is to ensure you are running a current release.

Release Timing

Whenever there is a new security release, it will be published on the first or third Wednesday of the month. As a courtesy, the Security Team will generally provide advance notice by sending email to the security notification list in the weeks before, but this will depend on circumstance. On the day of release, updates are generally published near the end of the day ("US/Pacific" timezone).

How to report a security issue to CiviCRM

If you think you have discovered a security issue in CiviCRM, please follow the following procedure -

  • Outline the issue you believe exists
  • Include detailed instructions for reproducing the issue if you are able
  • Email full details to

The CiviCRM security team will co-ordinate a release once they have identified and resolved the issue. You will be credited with having reported the issue (unless you request anonymity) and for any part you take in its resolution, provided you adhere to the responsible disclosure practices outlined above.

References for this document

This policy was written with reference to the following: