The site, which is not connected to the other openSUSE sites such as that which offers images for download, appeared to have been defaced by a supporter of the Iraqi Kurds, judging by the image which was placed on the site.
Brown told iTWire in response to questions that the version of WordPress used on opensuse.news.org had a vulnerability in its REST API which allowed an attacker to alter the content of posts without the need for authentication.
openSUSE project chairman Richard Brown.
Asked if it was not ironical that that the site was owned by a company — SUSE — that sells software supposed to be used on the Web for secure hosting, Brown said he was inclined to agree.
"While all of openSUSE's build/test/download infrastructure is hosted at SUSE and administered in co-operation with community volunteers (aka the openSUSE Heroes), news.opensuse.org is one of a handful of services hosted elsewhere on servers wholly operated by Micro Focus," he added.
"SUSE and openSUSE have no administrative access to these machines. This was not meant to be a problem as Micro Focus were responsible for both preventing such issues with timely patching and remedying them quickly with 24/7 support."
Micro Focus is a British mainframe company that bought SUSE, and other companies owned by the Attachmate Group, in 2014.
"In this incident neither expectation was met," Brown said. "This is a serious concern to the openSUSE project which we obviously do not want to see repeated. The Board and the Heroes are actively working on solutions, including the migration of services to full openSUSE control.
"SUSE management are being very helpful and supportive, working with us and on our behalf as we work with Micro Focus to make sure something like this doesn't happen again, or if it does we're in a position to fix it in a timely manner."