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DevX: Protect Yourself from PHP Worms

Jan 07, 2005, 07:00 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Laurence Moroney)

"In recent months it's become apparent that every computer system, regardless of operating system or programming language, bears a security risk. All computer software exposes attack surfaces to viruses and worms, and it is only a matter of time before they get attacked. Most recently, the bulk of security attacks have targeted Microsoft Windows and its Internet Information Services (IIS) Web server, but they aren't unique in their vulnerability; such attacks simply tend to target the most popular systems.

"Over the past couple of years, PHP has become an increasingly popular language for Web sites that don't want to invest in expensive Web server operating system licenses such as Windows 2000 Server or Windows 2003 Server. PHP is a free server-side scripting language, much like ASP, that can run on either Windows or Linux. When combined with a database back end like MySQL (also available in a free incarnation) these two tools make a powerful suite that you can use to build dynamic, data driven Web sites..."

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