DevX: Protect Yourself from PHP Worms

“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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