News Archive - 2006

Here are the most important news items we have published in 2006 on PHP.net.


PHP Brasil 2007

PHP Conference Brazil

[27-Nov-2006]The PHP Conference Brasil is the first Brazilian conference related exclusivelyto the PHP language in Sao Paulo, on December 1st and 2nd, 2006.

It will be a great opportunity to establish a sustainable Brazilian PHP community and toexchange ideas among our professionals.More info is available atthe Brazilian PHP Conference Web site.


PHP 5.2.0 Released

[02-Nov-2006]The PHP development team is proud to announce the immediate release of PHP5.2.0. This release is a major improvement in the 5.X series, which includes alarge number of new features, bug fixes and security enhancements.Further details about this release can be found in the release announcement5.2.0, the full list of changes isavailable in the ChangeLog PHP 5.

All users of PHP, especially those using earlier PHP 5 releases are advisedto upgrade to this release as soon as possible. This release also obsoletesthe 5.1 branch of PHP.

For users upgrading from PHP 5.0 and PHP 5.1 there is an upgrading guide available here, detailing the changes between those releasesand PHP 5.2.0.


AFUP Paris 2006

Forum PHP in Paris, France, November 9 & 10th, 2006

[04-Oct-2006]The French AFUP association is proud to announcethe fifth annual PHP meeting in Paris, on November 9th and 10th, 2006. Developers and managers will gather to meet Rasmus Lerdorf, Andrei Zmievski and other prominent community experts for two days of sessions, packed with enterprise solutions and advanced techniques (in French).


International PHP Conference 2006

International PHP Conference 2006

[10-Sep-2006]Software & Support media is pleased to announce theInternational PHP Conference 2006.It will happen from Nov. 05 to Nov. 08, 2006 at Frankfurt/Main.This year's sessions include topics on Security, PHP Internals,PHP & Business and Webservice topics. The Call for Papers hasbeen closed and the programme is now online.

On Nov. 05 and Nov. 06 there will be 6-hour PowerWorkshops thatdeliver hands-on PHP knowledge. A Management Day, dedicated toManagers who want to get informed about the usage of PHP, containsseveral sessions about the usage of PHP in large companies. The"PHP Code Camp @ Nite" with PHP Core Devs Marcus Börger and SaraGolemon. They go through from PHP basics to PHP OOP and implementingyour own PHP extension. Delicious pizza and beer will do the rest.Registration is now open.


PHP 5.1.6 Released

[24-Aug-2006]The PHP development team would like to announce the immediate availability ofPHP 5.1.6. This release contains a fix for memory_limit restriction on 64 bit systems that was not included in PHP 5.1.5.


Mastering Regular Expressions, 3rd edition

Mastering Regular Expressions - now with PHP coverage

[24-Aug-2006]The third edition ofMastering Regular Expressionsis finally out and includes a full 48-page chapter on PHP. This is an excellentresource from Jeffrey Friedl who has been writing about regexps for years.


PHP 4.4.4 and PHP 5.1.5 Released

[17-Aug-2006]The PHP development team would like to announce the immediate availability ofPHP 5.1.5 and 4.4.4. These two releases address a series ofsecurity problems that were discovered since the release of PHP 5.1.4 and4.4.3. The new releases include the following changes:

  • Added missing safe_mode/open_basedir checks inside the error_log(),file_exists(), imap_open() and imap_reopen() functions.
  • Fixed overflows inside str_repeat() and wordwrap() functions on 64bitsystems.
  • Fixed possible open_basedir/safe_mode bypass in cURL extension and on PHP5.1.5 with realpath cache.
  • Fixed overflow in GD extension on invalid GIF images.
  • Fixed a buffer overflow inside sscanf() function.
  • Fixed an out of bounds read inside stripos() function.
  • Fixed memory_limit restriction on 64 bit system.

Further details about this release can be found in the release announcements(5.1.5 and4.4.4), and the full list of changes isavailable in the ChangeLogs (PHP 4, PHP 5).


PHP 4.4.3 Released

[03-Aug-2006]The PHP development team is proud to announce the release of PHP 4.4.3. This release combines small number ofbug fixes and resolves a number of security issues. Some of the key changesof PHP 4.4.3 include:

  • Disallow certain characters in session names.
  • Fixed a buffer overflow inside the wordwrap() function.
  • Prevent jumps to parent directory via the 2nd parameter of the tempnam() function.
  • Improved safe_mode check for the error_log() function.
  • Fixed cross-site scripting inside the phpinfo() function.
  • Fixed offset/length parameter validation inside the substr_compare() function.
  • Upgraded bundled PCRE library to version 6.6
  • Over 20 various bug fixes.

Further details about this release can be found in the release announcement and the full list of changesis available in the PHP 4 ChangeLog.


php|works / db|works 2006

php/db|works 2006 Schedule Now Online

[29-June-2006]The upcoming premier PHP conference, php|works/db|works,will take place in Toronto, Canada, September 12-15, 2006.

The conference, as always, will feature excellent speakers from many aspects of PHP development,including Rasmus Lerdorf, Wez Furlong, Sara Golemon, Sebastian Bergmann, Chris Shiflett and more!Be sure to check out theentire lineup,including special evening social events with top-notch prizes.


Google Summer of Code 2006

Welcome Summer of Code 2006 Students

[26-May-2006]PHP is very pleased to announce that seven students have been chosen for theGoogle 'Summer of Code'. Through this project, Google provides student developers with a stipend to create new open source programs or to help currently established projects like PHP. The students are each mentored by members of our community,who will look after the students and their projects step by step.

The students, their projects and their assigned mentors can be viewedhere.


NYPHPCon 2006

NYPHPCon 2006 Program Announced

[16-May-2006]We are pleased to announce the speaker, tutorial and keynote program for NYPHPCon 2006. The New York PHP Conference & Expo 2006 is taking place in New York City, at the historic New Yorker Hotel, June 14-16, 2006. There will be three full days of sessions, tutorials, exhibits, and networking events.

We are also pleased to host the IBM Mashup Contest and Oracle PHPFest, and a special PHP Training package at this event.

NYPHPCon 2006 focuses on the The PHP Business Community, with two featured parallel tracks plus tutorials: Business Strategy and Technical Solutions. Over 400 are expected to attend,including business and technical professionals from around the world.


PHP 5.1.4 Released

[04-May-2006]A critical bug with $_POST array handling as well as the FastCGI sapi have been discovered in PHP 5.1.3. A new PHP release 5.1.4 is nowavailable to address these issues. All PHP users are encouraged to upgrade to this release as soon as possible.

Further details about this release can be found in the release announcement and the full list of changes is available in the PHP 5 ChangeLog.
The tarballs were updated to include the PEAR's phar file, previously missing from the release.


PHP 5.1.3 Released

[01-May-2006]The PHP development team is proud to announce the release of PHP 5.1.3.This release combines small number of feature enhancements with a significant amount of bug fixes and resolves a number of security issues.Some of the key changes of PHP 5.1.3 include:

  • Disallow certain characters in session names.
  • Fixed a buffer overflow inside the wordwrap() function.
  • Prevent jumps to parent directory via the 2nd parameter of the tempnam() function.
  • Enforce safe_mode for the source parameter of the copy() function.
  • Fixed cross-site scripting inside the phpinfo() function.
  • Fixed offset/length parameter validation inside the substr_compare() function.
  • Fixed a heap corruption inside the session extension.
  • Fixed a bug that would allow variable to survive unset().
  • Fixed a number of crashes in the DOM, SOAP and PDO extensions.
  • Upgraded bundled PCRE library to version 6.6
  • The use of the var keyword to declare properties no longer raises a deprecation E_STRICT.
  • FastCGI interface was completely reimplemented.
  • Multitude of improvements to the SPL, SimpleXML, GD, CURL and Reflection extensions.
  • Over 120 various bug fixes.

Further details about this release can be found in the release announcement and the full list of changes is available in the PHP 5 ChangeLog.


Summer of Code

[01-May-2006]Proposals are now being accepted forGoogle'sSummer of Code program. If youqualifyand you are interested in working on a PHP-related project thissummer, please consider applying. We have listed a couple ofideas, but we would encourage you tosubmit a proposal for any part of PHP you are interested in.If your project is accepted we will match you up with a mentorand try to provide you with as much support as possible. Toget started, read theFAQ andthen go to Step 1.


PHP Vikinger

[24-Apr-2006]The PHP Vikinger is a community-drivenPHP event that will be held inSkien, Norwayfrom June 24th to 25th. Like the famousFoo Camp andBar Camp, the peoplewho attend get to choose and present the sessions at the event.

The event is meant to be affordable: registration is 20 Euros, andsimple food and a place to sleep are provided for both days of theevent. The major expense for most attendees will be the cost oftraveling to Norway. 50invitationshave been sent to various PEAR and PHP contributors. Generalregistration for the event opens on May 1st.


php|tek 2006

php|tek 2006

[02-Mar-2006]The php|tek 2006 conference will take placein Orlando, Florida, April 25-28.

This year's speaker roster features many well-known PHP and open-source experts,including Rasmus Lerdorf, IBM's Rod Smith and Zend's Andi Gutmans, speaking on avariety of topics that highlight PHP's scalability, robustness and future.


PHP Quebec 2006

PHP Quebec 2006

[26-Feb-2006]The PHP Quebec team is pleased to announce the 4th edition of the PHP Quebec Conference. This year, the conference will be held at the Montreal Plaza Hotel from March 29th to 31st. It features 2 days of technical learning and an additional day of workshop. Among the speakers, the well known PHP Experts such has Rasmus Lerdorf, Andrei Zmeivski, Derick Rethans and Ilia Alshanetsky.

The conference will have three distinct tracks of session: Advanced Techniques, Professional Development and Databases. With over 31 sessions, including workshops, the PHP Québec Conference is great opportunity to learn about the latest PHP techniques and professional development techniques to help you build high quality PHP software. The conference will also present the various storage solutions available such has IBM DB2, PostgreSQL, SQLite and MySQL.

Early bird pricing are available until march 3rd.
Learn more about this exciting conference.


NYPHPCon 2006

NYPHPCon 2006

[02-Feb-2006]The New York PHP Conference & Expo2006 is taking place in New York City, at the historic New YorkerHotel, June 14-16, 2006. There will be three full days of sessions,tutorials, exhibits, and networking events.

NYPHPCon 2006 focuses on the The PHP Business Community, with twofeatured parallel tracks: Business Strategyand Technical Solutions. Over 400 are expected to attend, includingbusiness and technical professionals from around the world.

An early-birddiscount is available until March 1st.


WebTech 2006

Third Bulgarian PHP Conference

[19-Jan-2006]The third Web Technology conferenceand Expo in Bulgaria will be held in June 2006 in the cityof Sofia. Within its framework, the Third BulgarianPHP Conference will be held. The event will take place onthe 30th of June and the 1st of July at the conference areaof the Kempinski Hotel Zografski.

The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the new tendenciesin this direction and to popularize the internet technologiesin the spheres of business, education, and services. Therange of subjects includes technologies like PHP, Perl,business systems through web, education through theinternet, and others.


UK PHP Conference 2006

UK PHP Conference 2006

[17-Jan-2006]The first UK PHP Conferenceis going to be held on February 10th 2006, organized by thePHP London user group.This is a one day event at South Bank University, plus networking events.The list of speakers: Derick Rethans, Pawel Kozlowski, Harry Fuecks,Chris Kunz and Matt Zandstra. Not bad for 50 quid.


PHP 4.4.2 Released

[13-Jan-2006]The PHP development team is proud to announce the release of PHP 4.4.2.This release address a few small security issues, and also corrects someregressions that occurred in PHP 4.4.1. All PHP 4 users are encouraged toupgrade to this release. Some of the key changes of PHP 4.4.2 include:

  • HTTP Response Splitting has been addressed in the header() function.
  • An XSS problem inside the error reporting functionality has been removed.
  • Apache 2 regression with sub-request handling on non-Linux systems has been fixed.
  • A regression with the key() and current() functions have been fixed.
  • Over 30 various bug fixes.

Further details about this release can be found in the release announcement and the full list of changes is available in the PHP 4 ChangeLog.


PHP 5.1.2 Released

[12-Jan-2006]The PHP development team is proud to announce the release of PHP 5.1.2.This release combines small feature enhancements with a fair number ofbug fixes and addresses three security issues. All PHP 5 users are encouraged toupgrade to this release. Some of the key changes of PHP 5.1.2 include:

  • HTTP Response Splitting has been addressed in ext/session and in the header() function.
  • Fixed format string vulnerability in ext/mysqli.
  • Fixed possible cross-site scripting problems in certain error conditions.
  • Hash & XMLWriter extensions added and enabled by default.
  • Upgraded OCI8 extension.
  • Over 85 various bug fixes.

Further details about this release can be found in the release announcement and the full list of changes is available in the PHP 5 ChangeLog.

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