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Magento 1 End of Life – All You Need To Know & Steps Ahead

Updated on: June 28, 2020

Magento 1 End of Life – All You Need To Know & Steps Ahead

All good things come to an end, so is Magento’s 1.x community edition on 30th June 2020. There are compelling and valid reasons for this decision by Magento. What caused Magento 1 end of life decision by Magento, what are the risks involves when not upgrading to 2.x and what are your options if you’re choosing not to update? Let’s find it all out!

Back when Magento announced its second version, it promised great things. True to its claims, Magento 2 provides excellent site performance, mobile-friendly experience, and the better checkout experience.

Magento 1 End of Life 

Magento EditionEnd of Life Date
Magento End of Life Date for Community Edition:30th June, 2020
Magento End of Life Date for Enterprise Edition
(1.13 & 1.14):
30th June, 2020

For considerable years Magento kept supporting its older version 1.x  but as per their announcement around 18 months ago, they’ll be discontinuing the support.

Agreed, the process of migration will be a stressful one. However, it’s worth the effort because consequences in the future might be even more stressful.

Using an Older Version? Here’s Your Risk Score

Magento VersionRisk Score
1.7.x100/100 (very high)
1.8.x100/100 (very high)
1.9.0.0 - 1.9.2.295/100 (very high)
1.9.2.3 - 1.9.3.392/100 (very high)
1.9.3.4 - 1.9.4.085/100 (high)
1.9.4.1 - 1.9.4.375/100 (medium high)
1.9.4.465/100 (moderate)

Websites Still Using Older Magento Version [Data]

From our analysis, more than 55,000 websites are still using older Magento version. These websites will be on the radar of hackers real soon (or already are).

Here’s how the split between older versions of Magento looks like:

Source: Astra’s research based on data attained from various sources

3 Critical Reasons to Switch Before Magento 1 End of Life

Magento 1 may still be working okay so far. However, refusing to migrate after June 30th, 2020 may work against you. Here’s how:

  1. Unimaginable Security Risks

    Magento updates are always accompanied by security patches. I’m sure you remember them by the name of SUPEE followed by a unique number.  

    These patches have been crucial for Magento’s security over these years. With Magento being unable to release these security patches while vulnerabilities will continue to be found, there’s not much you can do to ensure security.

    Already we’re seeing a rise in attacks targeted on Magento with the Magecart group of hackers becoming active again.

    Lack of data security updates will render customers’ data vulnerable to fraudsters and hackers. Hacks causing a significant loss in the form of huge penalty and loss of reputation will increase We’ve seen small & medium businesses getting targeted even more due to their dependency on Magento for these security patches. That’s why this is one of the critical reasons to switch before Magento 1 End of life.

  2. No Support from Payment Vendors

    Payment gateway providers & processors need to adhere to security standards like PCI DSS. While working with merchants like yours, they often do a risk analysis which involves ensuring your store meets some basic security measures.

    With Magento not supporting older versions, a number of payment gateways & processors have issued advisories for merchants encouraging them to update their Magento. Recently, VISA urged Magento store owners to update their stores to 2.0 in light of attacks from Magecart attacks and end of life of older versions.

    Magento end of life advisory by visa

    PCI DSS Requirements 6.1 and 6.2 address the need to keep systems up to date with vendor-supplied security patches to protect systems from known vulnerabilities Visa added.

    Major payment providers like Adyen have already declared that they will not be providing their services to Magento 1 after the end of life. The reason behind this is that your website will no longer be PCI Compliant and offering services to an insecure website is what payment providers loathe.  

  3. Extensions Going Obsolete

    After Magento 1 end of life, a majority of extensions will be non-functional and obsolete. Since your business relies heavily on such extensions, it’ll pose severe functionality problems.

    In the past, Magento extensions have had critical vulnerabilities found in them and with limited/no support from them this only will increase.

    Developer support will not easily be available for routine updates after the Magento 1 end of life.

    If you finally find a suitable developer that will work on your website, they will charge you an arm and a leg. The process will also consume an ample amount of time, leading to potential downtime of your e-commerce store. After all, developing a security patch is much more involving than just implementing the one that Magento provides.

I Can’t Update My Magento, What Are My Options?

You’ve developer A LOT on your Magento version, updating to 2.x would mean tens of thousands of dollars spent – We understand it.

In the end, the bottom line is that your store should be secure from Magento 1 end of life. Your customers should be able to trust you with their data. For that, you can simply use Astra Security Suite! Astra comes with:

  • A rock solid firewall that protects your website in real time from SQLi, bots, LFI & 100+ threats
  • An automatic malware scanner that scans your store for viruses & malware every day
  • Security audit to find vulnerabilities & help you fix them
  • Block countries/IPs with a click of a button

All of the above & more under one suite to ensure the security of your store, so that Magento 1 end of life will not be a headache.

What are Magento Experts Saying?

VijayGolani-Magento-End-Of-Life

Migrating online store to Magento 2 is not a click thing. It takes proper planning, time, and could cost $$$$. While some business may have a budget for this but not everyone can afford. But, that doesn’t mean they should leave their store vulnerable by keeping the store on a non-supported Magento version. Instead, one should implement proper WAF like Astra to keep the online business safe and stay secure.

Chandan Kumar
Founder, Geekflare

Paul Magecloud - Magento End of Life

Unlike many other agency we don’t force our customers to move to Magento 2 from Magento 1.9 platform. Being an advocate for Magento for many years we still believe that every merchant suppose to stay with ROI driven approach. At this COVID-19 time we clarify to our Magento 1 customers that platform will stay working even afterJune 2020. While we engage them to update to most recent 1.9.4.x line and configure servers with the best security practices in mind. GetAstra’s firewall & malware scanner in that particular case comes as a very handy security protection for our customers. Our partnership with Nexcess allow us to stay with Magento 1 using Safe Harbor program announced by Nexcess.

Paul Ryazanov
CEO, MageCloud 

VijayGolani-Magento-End-Of-Life

I think most merchants are already prepared for the next steps. Merchants that want to stay with M1 due to budgetary reasons or other concerns are reaching out to or being approached by hosting or solution partners that are supporting M1 in terms of security after June 2020. Merchants that wish to take advantage of Magento 2 features and other security benefits have already started the migration process. Concerns include support from third-party partners after June 2020 and security.

Vijay Golani
Managing Director, India Branch – Wagento

Sam-MagePlaze-End-of-Life

When the support for Magento 1 ends, it’s very important to acknowledge that every incurring security issue will no longer be fixed by the Magento team which will arise serious concerns about the store’s cyber safety. The most common case is leaks of customer data including order information. More seriously, the control authority of a store’s server can be taken over which causes the store’s sensitive information (as credit card info) being stolen. Also, as Magento 1 is incompliant with PCI DSS from June 01, 2020, customers’ payment on Magento 1 stores will be extremely vulnerable to internet fraud. Hence, migrating to Magento 2 is a wise and crucial move and should be done as soon as possible before the end of Magento 1 support.

Sam Thomas
CEO, MagePlaza

Magento End of Life

Being a Technical Architect the major security malfunction which I see is the customization and third-party extension support. If we talk about any Magento store, it’s always built using multiple third-party extension/custom module and Though Magento provides software support and/or security till June 2020 it is still applied only to Magento software and does not apply to third-party extensions or customization so it is one of the immense security glitches and it is not compatible with the latest PHP version as well. Also post end of life of Magento 1 will not compliant with PCI DSS standards so this will be another security malfunction and it will increase the chances of fraud transactions. Also, “Running your business with the outdated software/technology will always be risky specifically for E-Commerce“. So it’s the correct time to migrate Magento 1 store to Magento 2 before its support gets end.

Manthan Dave,
Magento Master 2020

Conclusion

  • Magento 1 end of life doesn’t have to give you headaches if you have a well-laid plan
  • If you are planning on staying on an older version, that’s fine too. Use a security solution to keep hackers at bay 😊
  • Working with an agency for migration? Be sure to do a thorough security audit for your new Magento store

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Shikhil Sharma is the founder & CEO of Astra Security. Being involved with cybersecurity for over six years now, his vision is to make cyber security a 5-minute affair. Shikhil plays on the line between security and marketing. When not thinking about how to make Astra super simple, Shikhil can be found enjoying alternative rock or a game of football.Astra Security has been rewarded at Global Conference on Cyber Security by PM of India Mr. Narendra Modi. French President Mr. François Hollande also rewarded Astra under the La French Tech program. Astra Security is also a NASSCOM Emerge 50 company.
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Debera C. Soares
Debera C. Soares
4 months ago

Hi, one question: what exactly does a PCI security standard mean? Is there any guide I can get more information?

Sai Krishna
Editor
4 months ago

Thanks for responding to the article. So, PCI DSS (as a shortcut of Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard) is a set of security policies and standards aimed at two main purposes: 1) Optimizing the security of card transactions for all of the card types from debit, credit cards to cash transactions 2) Protecting the personal information of cardholders from misuse. For more info you can checkout our detailed article on it: https://www.getastra.com/blog/knowledge-base/pci-data-security-standard/

R. Elizondo
R. Elizondo
4 months ago

I have a magento store and would like to know are there any extensions that are responsible for getting hacked?

Sai Krishna
Editor
4 months ago
Reply to  R. Elizondo

Thanks for responding to the article. Magento security should be top priority for store owners, but such is not the case. Unfortunately, there are some extensions that can cost you trouble. We have detailed article on this, you can go through it: https://www.getastra.com/blog/cms/magento-security/5-magento-extensions-that-could-be-the-cause-of-your-store-being-hacked/

Stephanie G
Stephanie G
4 months ago

Can you give me an overview of your features of the security scanner? Would like to explore more before getting anything.

Sai Krishna
Editor
4 months ago
Reply to  Stephanie G

Thanks for responding to the article. Sure, you can click the link here to check out all the features that we offer with our security scanner https://www.getastra.com/features. Looking forward to seeing you on board 🙂

Alejandra J. Ayers
Alejandra J. Ayers
4 months ago

Hi I am using magento and looking for a decent firewall that can protect my store. Can you tell me more about the security scanner and pricing?

Sai Krishna
Editor
4 months ago

Thanks for responding to the article. Astra Web Security is the go-to security suite for your Magento store. With Astra, you don’t have to worry about any malware, credit card hack, SQLi, XSS, SEO Spam, comments spam, brute force & 100+ types of threats. For more information and pricing, visit here: https://www.getastra.com/magento-firewall

Anita T
Anita T
4 months ago

Hello, what does a magento audit cover at Astra? How long does it take to complete the audit?

Sai Krishna
Editor
4 months ago
Reply to  Anita T

Thanks for responding to the article. Astra’s Vulnerability Management Platform uncovers loopholes in your Magento with the right mix of automated & manual security testing. Our audit is tailored to the technology stack of the application. Manage bugs, collaborate with the security team, verify fixes at your own pace under one unified platform. For more info visit here: https://www.getastra.com/magento-vapt. Also, it takes 4-7 days for a security audit to be completed by our engineers.

John S. King
John S. King
4 months ago

I would like to protect my Magento admin panel from getting hacked. Is there any way I can defend against them?

Sai Krishna
Editor
4 months ago
Reply to  John S. King

Thanks for responding to the article. Admin panel is one of the most resourceful areas of a Magento store as it can provide high privileged access to the site. Therefore, when it is compromised due to the Magento admin hack, users have no other remedy other than asking for help. Compromised users can be found asking for support on the community forums. For more information visit here: https://www.getastra.com/blog/911/magento-admin-area-files-hacked-compromised/

Harry R. Burris
Harry R. Burris
4 months ago

I am developing a website based on magento. Can you share with me some important things that I have to keep in mind while developing?

Sai Krishna
Editor
4 months ago

Thanks for responding to the article. Sure, you can check our checklist for Magento here: https://www.getastra.com/s/magento-security/magento-security-checklist/

M. Lapointe
M. Lapointe
4 months ago

Hi there, what are Magecart attacks and is there any way I can protect from them?

Sai Krishna
Editor
4 months ago
Reply to  M. Lapointe

Thanks for responding to the article. Magecart attacks came into existence recently. In fact, Magecart attacks on Magento and other e-commerce websites can be traced back to 2014 when a group of hackers first started monetizing with stolen credit card details. Since then, masterminds of Magecart have been actively skimming the web. For more information, visit here: https://www.getastra.com/blog/911/magecart-attacks-on-magento

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