As most of you know, a critical security vulnerability affecting all Joomla versions below (and including) 1.5.5 was discovered on Tuesday, August 12th 2008. What most of you don’t know, is what went on behind the scenes that day. A whole mass of people came together and immediately worked on all the tasks necessary to make 1.5.6 happen. Experiencing this first hand was quite amazing… Publishing a release is a process that normally has two weeks (and a team of people) devoted to it (for everything from selecting which remaining artifacts will be fixed, to translations, to clicking publish and everything in-between). This all happened in a VERY short time.