News Archive - 2008

Here are the most important news items we have published in 2008 on PHP.net.


Windows PECL binaries

[10-Dec-2008]

Due to unfortunate circumstances Windows binaries for PECL extensions will no longer be available on http://pecl4win.php.net.

Work is being done to incorporate Windows binaries for PECL extensions into pecl.php.net and will hopefully be ready early 2009

If anyone is interested in the project please join the PHP Windows Development mailinglist.


PHP 5.2.8 Released!

[08-Dec-2008]

The PHP Development Team would like to announce the immediate availability of PHP 5.2.8. This release addresses a regression introduced by 5.2.7 in regard to the magic_quotes functionality, which was broken by an incorrect fix to the filter extension. All users who have upgraded to 5.2.7 are encouraged to upgrade to this release. Alternatively you can apply a work-around for the bug by changing "filter.default_flags=0" in php.ini.


PHP 5.2.7 has been removed from distribution

[07-Dec-2008]

Due to a security bug found in the PHP 5.2.7 release, it has been removed from distribution.The bug affects configurations where magic_quotes_gpc is enabled,because it remains off even when set to on.In the meantime, use PHP 5.2.6 until PHP 5.2.8 is later released.


PHP 5.2.7 Released

[04-Dec-2008]

The PHP development team would like toannounce the immediate availability of PHP 5.2.7.This release focuses on improving the stability of the PHP 5.2.x branch with over120 bug fixes, several of which are security related. All users of PHP areencouraged to upgrade to this release.

Security Enhancements and Fixes in PHP 5.2.7:

  • Upgraded PCRE to version 7.8 (Fixes CVE-2008-2371)
  • Fixed missing initialization of BG(page_uid) and BG(page_gid), reported by Maksymilian Arciemowicz.
  • Fixed incorrect php_value order for Apache configuration, reported by Maksymilian Arciemowicz.
  • Fixed a crash inside gd with invalid fonts (Fixes CVE-2008-3658).
  • Fixed a possible overflow inside memnstr (Fixes CVE-2008-3659).
  • Fixed security issues detailed in CVE-2008-2665 and CVE-2008-2666.
  • Fixed bug #45151 (Crash with URI/file..php (filename contains 2 dots)).(Fixes CVE-2008-3660)
  • Fixed bug #42862 (IMAP toolkit crash: rfc822.c legacy routine buffer overflow). (Fixes CVE-2008-2829)
  • Fixed extraction of zip files and directories with crafted entries, reported by Stefan Esser.

Further details about the PHP 5.2.7 release can be found in the release announcement for 5.2.7, the full list of changes is available in the ChangeLog for PHP 5.


Update (December 6th):Added missing zip security fix


PHP 5.3 alpha3 released!

[04-Dec-2008]

The PHP development team is proud to announce the third alpha releaseof the upcoming PHP 5.3.0 minor version update of PHP.Several new features have already been documented in the official documentation,others are listed on the wikiin preparation of getting documented. It is imperative that more peoplejoin the effort to complete the documentation for PHP 5.3.0.Please also review the NEWS file.

THIS IS A DEVELOPMENT PREVIEW - DO NOT USE IT IN PRODUCTION!

The purpose of this alpha release is to encourage users to not only activelyparticipate in identifying bugs, but also in ensuring that all new features ornecessary backwards compatibility breaks are noted in the documentation. Pleasereport any findings to the QA mailinglistor the bug tracker.

There have been a great number of other additions and improvements since the last alpha,but here is a short overview of the most important changes:

  • Namespaces (documentation has been updated to the current state)
  • Rounding behavior
  • ext/msql has been removed, while ext/ereg will now raise E_DEPRECATED notices
  • ext/mhash has been replaced by ext/hash but full BC is maintained
  • PHP now uses cc as the default compiler, instead of gcc
  • A number of bug fixes to ext/pdo, ext/soap, the stream layer among others

Several under the hood changes also require in depth testing with existingapplications to ensure that any backwards compatibility breaks are minimized.

The current release plan expectsa stable release sometime around the end of Q1 2009.


PHP Advent 2008

[04-Dec-2008]

December is a busy and exciting time of the year.PHP Advent is an attempt to captureand share doses of wisdom from a few of the people in the PHP communitywho have been kind enough to share their thoughts and tips. Please joinus on our daily journey by subscribing to our feedor following us on Twitter.Happy holidays.


Forum AFUP Paris 2008

Forum PHP Paris 2008

[15-Nov-2008]

The 2008 edition of the French PHP users welcomes once again uniquespeakers : Zak Greant, from Foo Associates, Laura Thompson from Mozilla, andLukas Smith, Core PHP Developper.

Set in Paris, on December 8th and 9th 2008, by theAssociation Française des Utilisateurs de PHP (French PHP User Group,http://www.afup.org/),the Forum PHP 2008 focuses on the themas of Professional Web Services,and PHP large scale projects.


PHPNW08 logo

PHPNW08 - November 22nd - Manchester, UK

[04-Nov-2008]

PHP North West are pleased to announce their first conference, PHPNW08, to be held at Manchester Central (formerly GMex).

On Saturday 22nd November 2008,PHPNW08 will bring together the North-of-England PHP community for aone-day event of exceptional presentations, challenging workshops,sensational debates and networking opportunities. The conference willhost a mixture of well-known regulars on the speakers' circuit and localtalent, and aims to highlight current best practices and emerging topicswithin the sphere of PHP and web development. See ourconference schedule for details.

We would love developers, designers, managers or anyone else with aninterest in the PHP programming language to join us for what promises tobe an awesome event at a very reasonable rate:

  • Standard tickets: £60.00
  • Early bird (until 8th November): £50.00
  • Concessionary tickets: £35.00

Tickets for PHPNW08 are on sale now athttp://conference.phpnw.org.uk/phpnw08/register/.


PHP Quebec 2009

[16-Sep-2008]

PHP Québec is pleased to announce the seventh edition of the PHP Québec Conference.The Conference will take place in Montréal, Québec,Canada between March 4and 6th 2009.We are looking for speakers willing to share their expertise with Canadian and United States PHP professionals.

The Conference features technical talks and Labs dedicated to advanced software development techniques with PHP5 and PHP6, XML, web services,databases, etc., project management where speakers and visitor swill try to find solutions to actual business problems.

Organizers will prioritize new and original topics in English or French. For more information, visit the website:http://conf.phpquebec.com


Barcelona PHP Conference

Barcelona PHP Conference 2008

[10-Sep-2008]

The PHP Barcelona User Groupis proud to announce its firstinternational PHP Conference.It will be celebrated on Saturday,September 27th, at Barcelona.

The PHP Barcelona User Group (aka PHPBarcelona) is a non-profitorganization aimed at spreading and interchanging knowledge amongthe PHP developers community of Barcelona and surroundings, andalso evangelizing the PHP technology on universities andenterprises as well.

This year they had celebrated another events but this one isthe first which will be developed completely in English. Thehighlights of this conference will be the talks of internationallyrecognized PHP developers, like Derick Rethans and Scott MacVicaramong others.

For more information about Barcelona PHP Conference 2008 and toregister, please visithttp://phpconference.es


International PHP Conference 2008

International PHP Conference 2008 October 27-31st Mainz, Germany

[08-Sep-2008]

The premiere PHP Conference – Celebrate the 14th event with us!

Today the ICP is the reference whenever substructures of existing technologiesshould be extended or the basis for new developments should be created. Thus, youdo not only profit from the concentrated know-how of worldwide acknowledged,international PHP-experts but also from the professional transfer of knowledgebetween industry and development.

With its mixture of topics the International PHP Conference provides an idealresource for all professionals and their successful daily routine within the wholePHP-spectrum. Insights into current Web 2.0 technologies, Security, Best Practicesfor tools and components, Enterprise know-how, databases, architectures and moreare provided at the ICP 2008.

The International PHP Conference celebrates it's 14th Edition. Celebrate with us,and profit from our Celebrate 14teen offers!

  • 199 € / Special Price
  • 149 €* / Special Price for Freelancer
  • 99 €** / Student Price

Offer is valid till 30th September!

Register now!

* Confirmation with your company's letter head
** With Student ID. Limited seating available


php|works / PyWorks 2008: Chicago

php|works & PyWorks 2008 - Atlanta

[03-Sep-2008]
php|tek 2008: Chicago

The publishers of php|architect Magazine and Python Magazine are proud to announce thejoint php|works / PyWorks 2008 conferences in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

php|works and PyWorks feature over 65 talks, 10 tutorials and 5 tracks on topics ranging from web development to database optimization with PHP and Python over the course of two days,social events in the evening and plenty of networking opportunities with industry peers.

This year, the PHP Community (and the Python Community, too!) meets November 12-14 for one of North America's premier PHP conferences of 2008.

Join us to hear top speakers such as Derick Rethans (eZ Systems), Chris Shiflett (OmniTI), Mike Potter (Adobe) and more.


PHP 4.4.9 released!

[07-Aug-2008]

The PHP development team would like to announce the immediateavailability of PHP 4.4.9. It continues to improve the security and thestability of the 4.4 branch and all users are strongly encouraged toupgrade to it as soon as possible. This release wraps up all theoutstanding patches for the PHP 4.4 series, and is therefore thelast PHP 4.4 release.

Security Enhancements and Fixes in PHP 4.4.9:

  • Updated PCRE to version 7.7.
  • Fixed overflow in memnstr().
  • Fixed crash in imageloadfont when an invalid font is given.
  • Fixed open_basedir handling issue in the curl extension.
  • Fixed mbstring.func_overload set in .htaccess becomes global.

For a full list of changes in PHP 4.4.9, see the ChangeLog.


PHP 5.3 alpha1 released!

[01-Aug-2008]

The PHP development team is proud to announce the first alpha release of the upcoming minor version update of PHP. Windows binaries will be available starting with alpha2 (intermediate snapshots available at snaps.php.net). The new version PHP 5.3 is expected to improve stability and performance as well as add new language syntax and extensions. Several new features have already been documented in the official documentation, others are listed on the wiki in preparation of getting documented. Please also review the NEWS file.

THIS IS A DEVELOPMENT PREVIEW - DO NOT USE IT IN PRODUCTION!

The purpose of this alpha release is to encourage users to not only activelyparticipate in identifying bugs, but also in ensuring that all new features ornecessary backwards compatibility breaks are noted in the documentation. Pleasereport any findings to the QA mailinglistor the bug tracker.

There have been a great number of other additions and improvements, but here is a short overview of the most important changes:

Several under the hood changes also require in depth testing with existing applications to ensure that any backwards compatibility breaks are minimized. This is especially important for users that require the undocumented Zend engine multibyte support.

The current release plan states that there will be alpha/beta/RC releases in 2-3 week intervals with an expected stable release of PHP 5.3 between mid September and mid October of 2008.


TestFest 2008 wrap-up

[30-Jul-2008]

Overall 158 tests have been submitted as part of TestFest 2008 since the launch of the TestFest submission site by 30 different people from people all over the world. Actually this is not counting the various submissions by existing core developers, who also took this opportunity to add some more tests. This has actually increased total test coverage for ext/reflection, ext/dom and ext/exif by about 10% each. While the organization of the TestFest was a bit adhoc, there were numerous TestFest events in local user groups. So the number of people exposed to the PHP test framework is much greater. Hopefully this will lead to more people submitting bug reports with an accompanying phpt test file!

Our top submitter Felix De Vliegher has actually committed his last submissions himself since, based on the high quality of his submissions, he has been granted commit rights to the PHP repository. We have not heard back from all participants, but we encourage everybody to blog about their experience and provide us with feedback on how to improve future events.

Now better late than never, here are the 10 winners of the promised elePHPant raffle sponsored by Nexen. Note that Felix asked me not to include him in the raffle, since he is already herding quite a number of elePHPants at home.

  • Eric Stewart
  • Håvard Eide
  • Marc Veldman
  • Michelangelo van Dam
  • Rein Velt
  • Rob Young
  • Sami Greenbury
  • Sebastian Deutsch
  • Sebastian Schürmann
  • Stefan Koopmanschap

We will provide Nexen with the email addresses of the winners, so that they can arrange to get the elePHPants shipped. Also for those people wondering, you can continue to submit tests on the TestFest submission site. A bit thank you to all participants and TestFest organizers! Without the countless people that helped organize local events, implement the infrastructure and submissions reviewers, the TestFest would have obviously not worked out as well as it has. We will surely do similar events in the future based on the big success of TestFest 2008.


Manual restructure and license change

[29-Jul-2008]

A few weeks ago the manual was restructuredto improve navigation and make room forper-extension chaptersand usage examples along withimproved documentation forobject oriented extensions.

The most noticable changes are the function reference,predefined variables,context options and parameters andpredefined exceptions manual pages,for which we would really appreciate feedback on.

The upcomming PHP5.3 release introducesseveral major featuressuch as namespaces, closures,late static bindings, internationalization functions,INI sections, and Phar among others.We would really appreciate any and all help we can get improving the documentation.

In related news, the manual was relicensed recently and is nowcovered by theCreativeCommons Attribution license.


ZendCon 2008

ZendCon 2008 - September 15-18 - Santa Clara, CA-US

[13-Jul-2008]

Join us for the largest PHP only gathering, September 15th - 18th. Discuss topics such as:

  • PHP in the Enterprise
  • Advanced PHP Programming Techniques
  • Scalability
  • PHP and RIAs

Our guest keynote speaker this year is Zak Greant who will be speaking on The Age of Literate Machines

For more information and to register for the biggest PHP even of the year, visit http://zendcon.com/


elePHPants

Call for PUG, for elePHPants, 2008 generation

[13-May-2008]

The elePHPants are now ready to make their 2008 generation.PHP User groups, enthusiasts and companies that are interested ingroups of elePHPants, shall join this year's herd.

ElePHPants are a great link of the community, happily promoting your favoritelanguage in conferences, on work station, baby cribs and other unusual places.Production prices make it possible for groups to raise funds, entice membershipor simply bring joy and PHP around.

Pre-register your herd of elePHPantsonline, for big and small,and join the world of blue elePHPants.


Google Summer of Code: php.net students

[22-Apr-2008]

The PHP team is once again proud to participate in theGoogle Summer of Code.Ten students will "flip bits instead of burgers" this summer:

Update (May 11th):Unfortunately Nicholas Sloan had to drop out of theprogram, but he will be replaced by Rudy Nappée working on the same application.


PHP 5.2.6 Released

[01-May-2008]

The PHP development team would like to announce the immediateavailability of PHP 5.2.6. This release focuses on improving the stability ofthe PHP 5.2.x branch with over 120 bug fixes, several of which are security related.All users of PHP are encouraged to upgrade to this release.

Further details about the PHP 5.2.6 release can be found in the release announcement for 5.2.6, the full list of changes is available in the ChangeLog for PHP 5.

Security Enhancements and Fixes in PHP 5.2.6:

  • Fixed possible stack buffer overflow in the FastCGI SAPI identified by Andrei Nigmatulin.
  • Fixed integer overflow in printf() identified by Maksymilian Aciemowicz.
  • Fixed security issue detailed in CVE-2008-0599 identified by Ryan Permeh.
  • Fixed a safe_mode bypass in cURL identified by Maksymilian Arciemowicz.
  • Properly address incomplete multibyte chars inside escapeshellcmd() identified by Stefan Esser.
  • Upgraded bundled PCRE to version 7.6

Update (May 6th): The Windows installers were missing the XSLand IMAP extensions.

Update (May 3rd): The Windows archives were missing the XSLand IMAP extensions.


Forum AFUP Paris 2008

Call for speakers for Forum PHP Paris 2008

[13-Apr-2008]

The AFUP, Association Française des Utilisateurs de PHP,is proud to announce the upcoming conference "Forum PHP 2008".

For this unique event in France, we are looking for the best French speaking experts,who want to share their know-how and enthusiasm.This two day conference features one technical day, with the most advanced PHP techniquesand a business day, with case studies and examples of successful projects.

  • How to manage a PHP project (tools, methods, ...)
  • Insure code quality
  • Internet and legal issues (intellectual property, ...)
  • Build a business around
  • PHP scalibility
  • Connect services(web services)
  • Rich User Interfaces (technology choice, implementation, ...)

Date and location

The "Forum PHP Paris 2008" will take place in Paris on8th-9th december 2008

Sessions will typically be 45 minutes long followed by a 10 minutes Q&A session and up to3 hours for workshops. Use the form on the site,no email proposal will be accepted.

Proposals will be reviewed after the deadline has passed. Additional information may be asked where needed. Proposals will be chosen according to their layout, relevancy for a professional audience and the overall homegeneity of the forum. Every candidate will be personnally notified of the status of their proposal. The decision is final. Priority will be given to sessions in French.


PHP DC conference 2008

PHP DC conference 2008

[13-Apr-2008]

The DC PHP Developers Group recently announced Kshemendra Paul as afeatured keynote speaker at the DC PHP Conference & Expo,June 2-4,2008, at George Washington University in Washington, DC. Paul, chiefarchitect for the Office of Management and Budget Executive Office ofthe President, will be presenting on "Federal E-Government andEnterprise Architecture Updates."

Join hundreds of PHP practitioners, business managers, and governmentofficials from around the world in the exchange of ideas and solutionsfor building a better web application infrastructure. The DC PHPconference will include tracks pertaining to business cases, bestpractices, the art of PHP, PHP applications, PHP in the enterprise,and Open Source. The full speaker schedule will be announced shortly.

For more information about DC PHP Conference & Expo 2008 and to register,please visit www.dcphpconference.com.Early discounted registration rates affective until April 15, 2008


TestFest 2008

[30-Mar-2008]

The PHP-QA team would like to announce theTestFest for the month ofMay 2008. The TestFest is an event that aims at improving thecode coverage of thetest suite for the PHPlanguage itself. As part of this event, local User Groups (UG) areinvited to join the TestFest. These UGs can meet physically or cometogether virtually. The point however is that people network to learntogether. Aside from being an opportunity for all of you to make friendswith like minded people in your (virtual) community, it also willhopefully reduce the work load for the PHP.net mentors.

All it takes is someone to organize a UG to spearhead the event andto get others involved inwriting phpt tests.The submissions will then be reviewed by members of php.net beforegetting included in the official test suite. Please visit theTestFest homepage to getadditional details on the TestFest on how to get involved, either as aUG or by setting up the necessary infrastructure.


Google Summer of Code 2008

[19-Mar-2008]

Once again we are glad to announce that we have been accepted to be a Google Summer of Code project. See our program for this year's GSoC.

We would like to take this opportunity to say thanks to Google Inc. for this privilege to participate once again, and would like to invite everyone to look at our list of ideas: http://wiki.php.net/gsoc/2008. Students are of course more than welcome to come up with their own ideas for their proposals and we will consider each and every application that we will receive.

So once again, thanks to everyone who is involved in this magnificent journey and we hope to see many of you great students and open source passionate join us in our most enjoyable Google Summer of Code projects.


php|tek 2008: Chicago

php|tek 2008: Chicago

[19-Feb-2008]
php|tek 2008: Chicago

The publishers of php|architect Magazine are proud to announce the php|tek 2008 conference in Chicago, Illinois, USA.

The PHP Community meets May 20-23 for one of North America's premier PHP conferences of 2008. Join us to hear top speakers such as Derick Rethans (eZ Systems), Lucas Nelan (Facebook), Chris Shiflett (OmniTI), Eli White (Digg) and yes, even Terry Chay (Tagged).

For the past two years, php|architect's spring conference has sold out weeks before the start date, so if you're interested in attending, don't delay, and be sure to sign up ASAP!


PHP Québec conference 2008

PHP Québec conference 2008

[06-Feb-2008]
2008 PHP Quebec Conference & Job Fair

The PHP Quebec team is pleased to present the sixth edition of the PHPQuebec Conference. The Conference will take place in Montreal, Canada,on March 12 through14.

Join us for the PHPLabs, 2 days of technical talks, the Open Source JobFair & Cocktail. Meet with well know community members such as: JohnCoggeshall, Marcus Boerger, Zak Greant, Chris Shiflett, Damien Seguy andmany more.

Take note that online registration ends on March 7th. For more information,visit the website: http://conf.phpquebec.com


PHP London Conference 08

phplondon conference 2008

[10-Jan-2008]

February 29th (Leap Year Day). phplondon.org announce their thirdannual community conferenceto be held at Inmarsat, Old Street, London.

This year the conference will run two tracks and include speakers such as Derick Rethans, Wez Furlong, Scott MacVicar and Zoe Slattery.

We will also be holding an extended presentation and discussion on frameworks for PHP.

Visit our conference site to register. Early bird discount is available until 1st February 2008.


PHP 4.4.8 Released

[03-Jan-2008]

The PHP development team would like to announce the immediate availability ofPHP 4.4.8. It continues to improve the security and the stability of the 4.4branch and all users are strongly encouraged to upgrade to it as soon aspossible. This release wraps up all the outstanding patches for the PHP 4.4series, and is therefore the last normal PHP 4.4 release. If necessary,releases to address security issues could be made until 2008-08-08.

Security Enhancements and Fixes in PHP 4.4.8:

  • Improved fix for MOPB-02-2007.
  • Fixed an integer overflow inside chunk_split(). Identified by Gerhard Wagner.
  • Fixed integer overlow in str[c]spn().
  • Fixed regression in glob when open_basedir is on introduced by #41655 fix.
  • Fixed money_format() not to accept multiple %i or %n tokens.
  • Added "max_input_nesting_level" php.ini option to limit nesting level of input variables. Fix for MOPB-03-2007.
  • Fixed INFILE LOCAL option handling with MySQL - now not allowed when open_basedir or safe_mode is active.
  • Fixed session.save_path and error_log values to be checked against open_basedir and safe_mode (CVE-2007-3378).

For a full list of changes in PHP 4.4.8, see the ChangeLog.

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