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I have three sites running 1.7.0.2 all fully patched and updated. Modules all written the 'proper' way (with a couple of small exceptions). The sites are all pretty much clones of each other.

There is a new site coming - I'm wondering whether I should upgrade them all to the latest version of 1.x (1.9.2.2 at time of writing) and build the new site on that too. It will mean a lot of testing, the sites do brisk business.

I also wondering whether it's worth that effort or whether I should just use our existing codebase and launch the new site on patched 1.7.0.2. Then focus the development effort on the migration to v2 (I'm aware that will be a much more serious project of course). The real question then is -

Is a fully patched 1.7.0.2 less secure than 1.9.2.2?

I'm not interested in any new features of 1.9.2.2, just whether running on patched 1.7.0.2 buys me enough time to re-develop these sites on v2.

I'm interested to know any thoughts.

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    there is one rule = if it works then dont touch it. work on your Mv2 design, after you just upgrade your store and convert it to Mv2 – MagenX Dec 30 '15 at 13:08
  • @MagenX - Thanks, I love this comment. Very pragmatic, it's kinda what I wanted to hear too. I agree with the sentiment entirely. – McNab Dec 30 '15 at 13:11
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    You are being a little bit pessimistic thinking your extensions + custom code will not be compatible after you upgrade to latest Magento. Try this on a dev server and see what happens. – Danny Z Jan 5 '16 at 23:18
  • @DannyZ - You make a good point here. I think working with Magento for so long must have 'pessimised' me ;) – McNab Jan 6 '16 at 10:03
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First of all: Nice question!

I'd say a fully patched 1.7.0.2 is as secure as a new 1.9.2.2. As long as there are still security patches released for 1.7.0.2 you're good to go with it.

So I think it makes sense to continue with 1.7.0.2 and use the time to plan and develop your new shop with Magento 2.

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  • Thanks very much for the answer Anna. I'm pleased this is your take on it, it reassures me. I am always seeing comments like 'You should upgrade', 'You need to upgrade' etc from users around the main SO site but nobody ever cites a source for why this should be the case. Cheers! – McNab Dec 30 '15 at 16:16
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    Of course you should upgrade ;-) It makes also sense in terms of new features, bugfixes etc. But just from a security point of few a fully patched shop is ok too I think. – Anna Völkl Dec 30 '15 at 16:20
  • i was waiting till someone will flag this question as duplicate... :) – MagenX Dec 31 '15 at 9:35

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