News Archive - 2011

Here are the most important news items we have published in 2011 on PHP.net.


PHP 5.4.0 RC4 released

[25-Dec-2011]

The PHP development team is proud to announce the 4threlease candidate of PHP 5.4.PHP 5.4 includes new language features and removes several legacy(deprecated) behaviours. Windows binaries can be downloaded from theWindows QA site.

THIS IS A RELEASE CANDIDATE - DO NOT USE IT IN PRODUCTION!.

This is the 4th release candidate. The release candidate phase is intended asa period of bug fixing prior to the stable release. No new features shouldbe included before the final version of PHP 5.4.0.

The new release candidate fixed several bugs, including:

  • Added max_input_vars directive to prevent attacks based on hash collisions
  • Fixed a segfault in the traits code

Read the NEWSfile for a complete list of changes in this release.

Please continue to help us to identify bugs in order to ensure that the release issolid and all things behave as expected. Please test this release candidateagainst your code base and report any problems that you encounter to theQA mailing list and/or thePHP bug tracker.

The next release candidate will be released in 14 days.


Dutch PHP Conference 2012

Dutch PHP Conference 2012

[23-Dec-2011]

Ibuildings is proud to organise the sixth Dutch PHP Conference on June 8 and 9, plus a pre-conference tutorial day on June 7. Both programs will be completely in English so the only Dutch thing about it is the location. Keywords for these days: Know-how, Technology, Best Practices, Networking, Tips & Tricks.

Website: http://www.phpconference.nl/


PHP 5.4.0RC3 released

[14-Dec-2011]

The PHP development team is proud to announce the thirdrelease candidate of PHP 5.4.PHP 5.4 includes new language features and removes several legacy (deprecated) behaviours. Windows binaries can be downloaded from the Windows QA site.

THIS IS A RELEASE CANDIDATE - DO NOT USE IT IN PRODUCTION!.

This is the third release candidate. The release candidate phase is intended as a period of bug fixing prior to the stable release. No new features shouldbe included before the final version of PHP 5.4.0.

Changes since the previous release candidate include:

  • The intl extension now supports UTS #46 mapping for IDNA
  • $_SERVER['SERVER_NAME'] and $_SERVER['SERVER_PORT'] are now available in the builtin CLI server implementation.
  • Several improvements and bug fixes in the Zend Engine, Core and other extensions.

Read the NEWSfile for a complete list of changes in this release.

Please continue to help us to identify bugs in order to ensure that the release issolid and all things behave as expected. Please test this release candidateagainst your code base and report any problems that you encounter to theQA mailing list and/or thePHP bug tracker.


PHP 5.4 RC2 released

[29-Nov-2011]

The PHP development team is proud to announce the second release candidate of PHP 5.4.PHP 5.4 includes new language features and removes several legacy (deprecated) behaviours. Windows binaries can be downloaded from the Windows QA site.

THIS IS A RELEASE CANDIDATE - DO NOT USE IT IN PRODUCTION!.

This is the second release candidate. The release candidate phase is intended as a period of bug fixing prior to the stable release. No new features shouldbe included before the final version of PHP 5.4.0.

Changes since the previous release candidate include:

  • Further bug fixes in the built-in web server.
  • PHP-FPM is no longer marked as EXPERIMENTAL.
  • Several improvements and bug fixes in the Zend Engine, Core and other extensions.

Read the NEWSfile for a complete list of changes in this release.

Please continue to help us to identify bugs in order to ensure that the release issolid and all things behave as expected. Please test this release candidateagainst your code base and report any problems that you encounter to theQA mailing list and/or thePHP bug tracker.


Italian phpDay

Italian phpDay 2012

[17-Nov-2011]

The Italian PHP user group GrUSP is pleased toannounce the 9th edition of the Italian phpDay conference, taking placeon May 18th and 19th, 2012 in Verona. We will show new developmenttraits, best-practices and success cases related to quality, revisioncontrol, test-driven development, continuous integration and so on.There are also talks about design, project management, agile and variousphp-related technologies.

phpDay is the first historic Italian conference dedicated solely to PHPdevelopment, technologies and management. It is aimed to IT managers,developers and innovators. Each year it renews the opportunity to linkto new business partners.

The call for papers is open and will run until Feb 28th 2012. For moreinformation, please visit our website: http://www.phpday.it


PHP 5.4 RC1 released

[11-Nov-2011]

The PHP development team is proud to announce the first release candidate of PHP 5.4. PHP 5.4 includes new language features and removes several legacy (deprecated) behaviours. Windows binaries can be downloaded from the Windows QA site.

THIS IS A RELEASE CANDIDATE - DO NOT USE IT IN PRODUCTION!

This is the first release candidate. No new features will be included before the final version of PHP 5.4.0. The release candidate phase is intended as a period of bug fixing prior to the stable release.

Changes since the last beta version include:

  • Added class member access on instantiation (e.g. (new Foo)->bar()).
  • Changed silent conversion of array to string to produce a notice.
  • Numerous bug fixes and improvements in the Core and other extensions.

Please help us to identify bugs in order to ensure that the release is solid and all things behave as expected. Please test this release candidate against your code base and report any problems that you encounter to the QA mailing list and/or the PHP bug tracker.

Read the NEWS file for a complete list of changes in this release.


PHP 5.4 beta2 released

[26-Oct-2011]

The PHP development team is proud to announce the second beta release of PHP 5.4.PHP 5.4 includes new language features and removes several legacy (deprecated) behaviours.Windows binaries can be downloaded from the Windows QA site.

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

Please help us to identify bugs by testing new features and looking forunintended backward compatibility breaks, so we can fix the problems andfully document intended changes before PHP 5.4.0 is released.Report findings to the QA mailing list and/orthe PHP bug tracker.

This release includes numerous bug fixes and improvements since the first beta release.

Read the NEWSfile for a complete list of changes.


PHP'n Rio 11

PHP'n Rio 11

[06-Oct-2011]

The PHP Rio User Groupis pleased to announce their third edition ofthe PHP'n Rio conference. It will be held on November 05th,2011, at the CEFET-RJ university,Rio de Janeiro. It is a one day conference aimed on providingexperienced developers and beginners a chance to learn more about PHPframeworks, web applications built in PHP, and the art of testingcode.

Whether you live here or are around just enjoying the marvelous city,come and join us :) For more information, please visithttp://www.phprio.org/phpnrio11(Portuguese only).


Web DevCon 2011

Web DevCon 2011

[30-Sep-2011]

The Web DevCon 2011, the conference for web developers, will take placefrom 17th – 18th of October 2011 in the InterContinental in Hamburg(Germany). Web DevCon features trends, solutions and know-how for webdevelopers: From web technology and web architecture to programminglanguages such as php, java and ruby as well as web frameworks anddevelopment tools.

The event is aimed at web programmers, web designer, webmaster, softwaredevelopers, agencies and project managers from advertising- and mediaagencies.

Conference Tickets:

  • 1-day: € 399,– plus vat/tax before 7th of September 2011(later booking € 499,– plus vat/tax)
  • 2-day: € 699,– plus vat/tax before 7th of September 2011(later booking € 799,– plus vat/tax)
  • 3-day: € 999,– plus vat/tax before 7th of September 2011(later booking € 1.099,– plus vat/tax)

Information and booking via the website: http://www.web-devcon.de


PHP 5.4 beta1 released

[27-Sep-2011]

The PHP development team is proud to announce the first beta release of PHP 5.4.PHP 5.4 includes new language features and removes several legacy (deprecated) behaviors.Windows binaries can be downloaded from the Windows QA site.

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

New features were added and bugs were fixed since alpha1.Please help us to identify bugs by testing new features and looking forunintended backward compatability breaks, so we can fix the problems andfully document intended changes before PHP 5.4.0 is released.Report findings to the QA mailing list and/orthe PHP bug tracker.

Changes since the first alpha version include:

  • Added callable typehint.
  • Removed the timezone guessing algorithm. "UTC" is now used in case the timezone is not set.
  • The mysql, mysqli and pdo_mysql extensions now use mysqlnd by default.

Read the NEWSfile for a complete list of changes.


PHP Barcelona 2011

PHP Barcelona 2011

[15-Sep-2011]

The PHP Barcelona User Group is proudto announce that the 5th edition of the PHPBarcelona Conference is here!

There will be 30 one-hour talks and workshops in two days with threeparallel tracks, covering many PHP development subjects such as ApplicationScalability, High Performance, Frameworks and IDEs, Continuous Integration,Unit Testing, Best Practices, Cloud Computing, and many more topics andsurprises.

The conference will take place from the 28th to the 29th of October and willbring together Rasmus Lerdorf, DerickRethans, Fabien Potencier, MarcoTabini and many more of the shiniest names in the industry for twofun-packed days of intensive PHP.

For registration and more info about it, please visithttp://phpconference.es

Hope to see you in Barcelona!


PHPBenelux 2012

PHPBenelux 2012

[12-Sep-2011]

The PHPBenelux Conference is ready for its third edition and takes placeJanuary 27th & 28th in Antwerp (Belgium). We'recalling for papersuntil October 15th and we're very much looking forward to your submissions.

These are the topics we're aiming for:

  • Content Management Systems
  • Cloud
  • NoSQL
  • Analytics
  • Frameworks
  • Best practises
  • General and in depth programming skills
  • HTML5 & co (with a PHP twist)

All information about the conference and the CFP can be found on ourconference website.Schedule and ticket information will be announced early November


PHP 5.3.8 Released!

[23-Aug-2011]

The PHP development team would like to announce the immediateavailability of PHP 5.3.8. This release fixes two issues introduced inthe PHP 5.3.7 release:

  • Fixed bug #55439 (crypt() returns only the salt for MD5)
  • Reverted a change in timeout handling restoring PHP 5.3.6 behavior,which caused mysqlnd SSL connections to hang (Bug #55283).

All PHP users should note that the PHP 5.2 series is NOT supportedanymore. All users are strongly encouraged to upgrade to PHP 5.3.8.

For a full list of changes in PHP 5.3.8, see the ChangeLog. For source downloads pleasevisit our downloads page, Windows binariescan be found on windows.php.net/download/.

For more details on the crypt() blowfish security issue in pre 5.3.6 see the crypt blowfish page


5.3.7 upgrade warning

[22-Aug-2011]

Due to unfortunate issues with 5.3.7 (see bug#55439)users should postpone upgrading until 5.3.8 is released (expected in a few days).


ZendCon 2011

Zend PHP Conference 2011 (ZendCon)

[19-Aug-2011]

The Zend PHP Conference (ZendCon) is the largest gathering of the PHP Community and brings together PHP developers and IT managers from around the world to discuss PHP best practices and explore new technologies.

This year’s conference will be held on October 17-20, 2011 at the Convention Center in Santa Clara, California. The conference will include a variety of technical sessions and in-depth tutorials in the following areas:

  • Cloud Computing - build applications, not infrastructure.
    Learn about the latest developments in PHP Cloud infrastructure, management and application services
  • Mobile and User Experience - go beyond the browser
    Learn how to build engaging mobile apps with the latest PHP technologies and tools
  • Enterprise and Professional PHP - master your craft
    Explore PHP best practices, new technologies and practical tips with industry experts

For more details and to register for ZendCon, visit the website at: http://www.zendcon.com/


PHP 5.3.7 Released!

[18-Aug-2011]

The PHP development team would like to announce the immediateavailability of PHP 5.3.7. This release focuses on improving thestability of the PHP 5.3.x branch with over 90 bug fixes, some of whichare security related.

Security Enhancements and Fixes in PHP 5.3.7:

  • Updated crypt_blowfish to 1.2. (CVE-2011-2483) (more info)
  • Fixed crash in error_log(). Reported by Mateusz Kocielski
  • Fixed buffer overflow on overlog salt in crypt().
  • Fixed bug #54939 (File path injection vulnerability in RFC1867 File upload filename). Reported by Krzysztof Kotowicz. (CVE-2011-2202)
  • Fixed stack buffer overflow in socket_connect(). (CVE-2011-1938)
  • Fixed bug #54238 (use-after-free in substr_replace()). (CVE-2011-1148)

Key enhancements in PHP 5.3.7 include:

  • Upgraded bundled Sqlite3 to version 3.7.7.1
  • Upgraded bundled PCRE to version 8.12
  • Fixed bug #54910 (Crash when calling call_user_func with unknown function name)
  • Fixed bug #54585 (track_errors causes segfault)
  • Fixed bug #54262 (Crash when assigning value to a dimension in a non-array)
  • Fixed a crash inside dtor for error handling
  • Fixed bug #55339 (Segfault with allow_call_time_pass_reference=Off)
  • Fixed bug #54935 php_win_err can lead to crash
  • Fixed bug #54332 (Crash in zend_mm_check_ptr // Heap corruption)
  • Fixed bug #54305 (Crash in gc_remove_zval_from_buffer)
  • Fixed bug #54580 (get_browser() segmentation fault when browscap ini directive is set through php_admin_value)
  • Fixed bug #54529 (SAPI crashes on apache_config.c:197)
  • Fixed bug #54283 (new DatePeriod(NULL) causes crash).
  • Fixed bug #54269 (Short exception message buffer causes crash)
  • Fixed Bug #54221 (mysqli::get_warnings segfault when used in multi queries)
  • Fixed bug #54395 (Phar::mount() crashes when calling with wrong parameters)
  • Fixed bug #54384 (Dual iterators, GlobIterator, SplFileObject and SplTempFileObject crash when user-space classes don't call the parent constructor)
  • Fixed bug #54292 (Wrong parameter causes crash in SplFileObject::__construct())
  • Fixed bug #54291 (Crash iterating DirectoryIterator for dir name starting with \0)
  • Fixed bug #54281 (Crash in non-initialized RecursiveIteratorIterator)
  • Fixed bug #54623 (Segfault when writing to a persistent socket after closing a copy of the socket)
  • Fixed bug #54681 (addGlob() crashes on invalid flags)
  • Over 80 other bug fixes.

Windows users: please mind that we do no longer provide builds createdwith Visual Studio C++ 6. It is impossible to maintain a high qualityand safe build of PHP for Windows using this unmaintained compiler.

For Apache SAPIs (php5_apache2_2.dll), be sure that you use a VisualStudio C++ 9 version of Apache. We recommend the Apache builds as providedby ApacheLounge. For any otherSAPI (CLI, FastCGI via mod_fcgi, FastCGI with IIS or other FastCGI capableserver), everything works as before. Third party extension providersmust rebuild their extensions to make them compatible and loadable withthe Visual Studio C++9 builds that we now provide.

All PHP users should note that the PHP 5.2 series is NOT supportedanymore. All users are strongly encouraged to upgrade to PHP 5.3.7.

For a full list of changes in PHP 5.3.7, see theChangeLog. For source downloadsplease visit our downloads page, Windowsbinaries can be found on windows.php.net/download/.


ConFoo 2012

ConFoo 2012

[11-Aug-2011]

We just launched ConFoo 2012 edition and are presently calling for papers.We are looking for the best speakers willing to share their skills andexperience with developers and managers. ConFoo is a community drivenconference dedicated to Web technologies.

The conference will be held in Montreal from February 29th to March 2nd,2012 at the prestigious Hotel Hilton Bonaventure. We will also have two daysof private training. The topics will be revealed later this year.

Talk proposals must be received by September 2nd and may be written in Englishor French.

For more information and updates, visit our Website:http://confoo.ca/en.


PHP 5.4 alpha1 released

[28-Jun-2011]

The PHP development team is proud to announce the first PHP 5.4 alpha release.PHP 5.4 includes new language features and removes several legacy (deprecated) behaviors.Read the NEWSfile for a complete list of changes.

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

This alpha release exists to encourage users to identify bugs, andto ensure that all new features and backward compatibility breaks are evaluatedand documented before PHP 5.4.0 is released. Please report findings tothe QA mailing list and/orthe PHP bug tracker. Windows binariescan be downloaded from the Windows QA site.

Here is an incomplete list of changes:

  • Added: Traits language construct
  • Added: Array dereferencing support
  • Added: DTrace support
  • Improved: Improved Zend Engine memory usage and performance
  • Moved: ext/sqlite moved to pecl (sqlite3 support is still built-in)

Please note that some legacy features have been removed, including:

  • Removed: break/continue $var syntax
  • Removed: register_globals, allow_call_time_pass_reference, and register_long_arrays ini options
  • Removed: session_is_registered(), session_registered(), and session_unregister()

This is the first release that adopts thereleaseprocess RFC.The next alpha will be released within four weeks. The PHP 5.4 featureset and API has not been finalized.


PHP Documentation update

[25-Jun-2011]

PHP has several new documentation features that the community should be aware of:

  • pman - PHP man pages
    • $ pear install doc.php.net/pman
    • $ pman strlen (this example displays a local textual version of the strlen docs)
  • Enhanced CHM - contains user notes (over 25,000)
  • Online Documentation Editor - allows everyone to edit the PHP manual
    • URL: https://edit.php.net/
    • Every manual page will link to it in the future
    • Includes an IRC window to the #php.doc channel, so let's talk

We hope you find the above features useful, and please write phpdoc@lists.php.net with feedback.Additional features are being refined, which includes a JSON version of the manual.


PHP Days | OSI Days

PHP Days | OSI Days

[10-Jun-2011]

Come and speak at PHP Days, co-organized with OSI Days which will be held inBangalore, India on 20-21 November 2011. This year will be the 8th edition ofOSI Days. This special conference is designed to bring focused attention toPHP. The last day of submission is June 20, 2011. This edition of PHP Days| OSI Days will have special focus on:

  • Enterprise and Professional PHP
  • Quality Management in PHP
  • PHP in Cloud

Submit a proposal now!


PHPNW11

PHP North West, 2011

[30-May-2011]

The PHP North Westconference returns in 2011 with the usual great selection oftechnical content for you to enjoy!

We're at Ramada Hotel on Picadilly Gardens right in the centre ofManchester on October 8th and 9th (Saturday and Sunday) with someexcellent talks. For those looking for more in-depth technicallearning, we're adding a tutorial day this year; join us on Friday 7thOctober for a full day of workshop format sessions with industryleaders - and every ticket includes a pass to the main conference!

Our call for papers runs until June 12th 2011, and whether you join usas a speaker, a sponsor, or an attendee, we know you'll have a greattime. PHPNW is a fun weekend of PHP and technology with an excellentcrowd to hang out with - hope to see you there :)


Dutch PHP Conference 2011

Dutch PHP Conference 2011

[06-Apr-2011]

Ibuildings is proud to organise the fifth Dutch PHP Conference on May 20 and 21, plus a pre-conference tutorial day on May 19.

Both programs will be completely in English so the only Dutch thing about it is the location.
Keywords for these days: Know-how, Technology, Best Practices, Networking, Tips & Tricks.


Italian phpDay

Italian phpDay 2011

[04-Apr-2011]

The Italian PHP user group GrUSP is pleased toannounce the 8th edition of the Italian phpDayconference, taking place from May 12th to 14th, 2011 in Verona. We willshow new development traits, best-practices and success cases related toquality, revision control, test-driven development, continuousintegration and so on. There are also talks about design, projectmanagement, agile and various php-related technologies.

phpDay is the first historic Italian conference dedicated solely to PHPdevelopment, technologies and management. It is aimed to IT managers,developers and innovators. Each year it renews the opportunity to linkto new business partners.

phpDay introduces the most importantinternational PHP gurus to italianand european developers. Tree tracks, three days of talks and workshops:you can learn best-practices, good methodologies, case histories aboutquality assurance, and have a broader view on development and innovationwith PHP.


php.net security notice

[19-Mar-2011]

The wiki.php.net box was compromised and the attackers were able tocollect wiki account credentials. No other machines in the php.netinfrastructure appear to have been affected. Our biggest concern is,of course, the integrity of our source code. We did an extensive codeaudit and looked at every commit since 5.3.5 to make sure that no stolenaccounts were used to inject anything malicious. Nothing was found.The compromised machine has been wiped and we are forcing a passwordchange for all svn accounts.

We are still investigating the details of the attack which combined avulnerability in the Wiki software with a Linux root exploit.


PHP 5.3.6 Released!

[17-Mar-2011]

The PHP development team would like to announce the immediateavailability of PHP 5.3.6. This release focuses on improving thestability of the PHP 5.3.x branch with over 60 bug fixes, some of whichare security related.

Security Enhancements and Fixes in PHP 5.3.6:

  • Enforce security in the fastcgi protocol parsing with fpm SAPI.
  • Fixed bug #54247 (format-string vulnerability on Phar). (CVE-2011-1153)
  • Fixed bug #54193 (Integer overflow in shmop_read()). (CVE-2011-1092)
  • Fixed bug #54055 (buffer overrun with high values for precision ini setting).
  • Fixed bug #54002 (crash on crafted tag in exif). (CVE-2011-0708)
  • Fixed bug #53885 (ZipArchive segfault with FL_UNCHANGED on empty archive). (CVE-2011-0421)

Key enhancements in PHP 5.3.6 include:

  • Upgraded bundled Sqlite3 to version 3.7.4.
  • Upgraded bundled PCRE to version 8.11.
  • Added ability to connect to HTTPS sites through proxy with basic authentication using stream_context/http/header/Proxy-Authorization.
  • Added options to debug backtrace functions.
  • Changed default value of ini directive serialize_precision from 100 to 17.
  • Fixed Bug #53971 (isset() and empty() produce apparently spurious runtime error).
  • Fixed Bug #53958 (Closures can't 'use' shared variables by value and by reference).
  • Fixed bug #53577 (Regression introduced in 5.3.4 in open_basedir with a trailing forward slash).
  • Over 60 other bug fixes.

Windows users: please mind that we do no longer provide builds createdwith Visual Studio C++ 6. It is impossible to maintain a high qualityand safe build of PHP for Windows using this unmaintained compiler.

For Apache SAPIs (php5_apache2_2.dll), be sure that you use a VisualStudio C++ 9 version of Apache. We recommend the Apache builds as providedby ApacheLounge. For any other SAPI (CLI,FastCGI via mod_fcgi, FastCGI with IIS or other FastCGI capableserver), everything works as before. Third party extension providersmust rebuild their extensions to make them compatible and loadable withthe Visual Studio C++ 9 builds that we now provide.

All PHP users should note that the PHP 5.2 series is NOT supported anymore. All usersare strongly encouraged to upgrade to PHP 5.3.6.

For a full list of changes in PHP 5.3.6, see theChangeLog. For source downloadsplease visit our downloads page, Windowsbinaries can be found on windows.php.net/download/.


PHP Community Conference

PHP Community Conference

[03-Mar-2011]

The PHP Community Conference isa conference by and for the PHP community. It's for people who careabout PHP and what they make with it.

Inspired by conferences like Webstockand Brooklyn Beta, we wantto make a friendly conference for us. Together with our friends andpeers, we (Ben,Lisa, andNick) aim to inspire youto make great things with PHP.

The PHP Community Conference is a two-day event, taking place April21st and 22nd, 2011 in Nashville, TN. We have anawesome line-up of speakers,including a keynote address by Rasmus Lerdorf.

We'll kick things off with a tutorial day that will introduce youto tools and ideas that you can use in your code right away. Thesecond day will consist of presentations that will inspire you tocreate something new with PHP. With the help of our sponsors, weare able to offer admission to the entire event for $350 USD. We'llprovide lunch and snacks on both days. On Friday night, we'llfinish off the conference with a party featuringpecha kuchatalks by our awesome attendees.

For more information and to register, check out our website atphpcon.org.

See you in Nashville!


PHP 5.3.5 and 5.2.17 Released!

[06-Jan-2011]

The PHP development team would like to announce the immediateavailability of PHP 5.3.5 and 5.2.17.

This release resolves a critical issue, reported as PHP bug #53632 andCVE-2010-4645, where conversions from string to double might cause the PHPinterpreter to hang on systems using x87 FPU registers.

The problem is known to only affect x86 32-bit PHP processes, regardlessof whether the system hosting PHP is 32-bit or 64-bit. You can testwhether your system is affected by running this scriptfrom the command line.

All users of PHP are strongly advised to update to these versionsimmediately.

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