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A Month of PHP Bugs




A Month of PHP Bugs
A Month of PHP Bugs



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=== CONTENTS ==================================================
IN FOCUS: A Month of PHP Bugs

NEWS AND FEATURES
   - TJX Data Breach Investigation Reveals More Exposure
   - Vista Tips for IT Pros
   - CastleCops Endures DDoS Attack
   - Recent Security Vulnerabilities

GIVE AND TAKE
   - Security Matters Blog: My Toaster Crashed
   - FAQ: Recovering Disk Access After Renaming Servers
   - From the Forum: "Act as part of the operating system" Permission 
   - Share Your Security Tips

PRODUCTS
   - Policy Control Software Adds SNMP Event Monitoring
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=== IN FOCUS: A Month of PHP Bugs ============   by Mark Joseph Edwards, News Editor, mark at ntsecurity / net

You might recall that back in December 2006, Stefan Esser resigned from 
the PHP Security Response Team in disgust. At the time, Esser said that 
"any attempt to improve the security of PHP from the inside is 
futile.... The PHP Group will jump into your boat as soon you try to 
blame PHP's security problems on the user but the moment you criticize 
the security of PHP itself you become persona non grata. I stopped 
counting the times I was called immoral traitor for disclosing security 
holes in PHP or for developing Suhosin." 

Suhosin is of course a fantastic patch for the PHP source code that 
makes it far more secure than it is without the patch. If you haven't 
read about Suhosin, you can do so at the URL below.
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In response to Esser leaving the PHP Security Response Team, Zeev 
Suraski wrote that he'd "like to take the opportunity, again, and ask 
Stefan to come back to [the] security team, and work with the project 
and not against it. As any project that has hundreds of people 
contributing to it, you never find yourself in agreement with everyone 
at any given time. It doesn't mean that those who don't think exactly 
like you are your 'enemies,' and it certainly doesn't mean you should 
quit and turn to the 'other side.'" It seems to me that if Suraski is 
serious about wanting Esser back, then he could have gone without the 
two less-than-subtle digs at Esser. 
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So far, Esser has not returned to the team, and earlier this month, he 
declared that he's going to launch a "Month of PHP Bugs." He's now 
decided that March 2007 will be the month to do that. As is the trend, 
every day for the month of March, Esser will post about at least one 
bug in PHP. You can read more about it at the URL below.
http://list.windowsitpro.com/t?ctl=4C351:57B62BBB09A692791DE937E2FA56D245 

PHP is widely used, and many of you undoubtedly have it in use on your 
systems. You should probably keep an eye on Esser's Web site in March 
to learn of the newly disclosed PHP bugs so that you can take action to 
defend your systems. The latest versions of PHP are 5.2.1 and 4.4.5, 
both released in the second week of February 2007, so be sure you're 
using the latest version. 

You should also seriously consider integrating the Suhosin patch as 
soon as you can--if you can. Unfortunately, no precompiled package of 
PHP that includes Suhosin seems to be available, so you're on your own 
and will need to compile the patch yourself. 
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=== SECURITY NEWS AND FEATURES ================================
TJX Data Breach Investigation Reveals More Exposure
   The TJX Companies reported that its data breach was more severe than 
it had originally detected. 
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Vista Tips for IT Pros
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CastleCops Endures DDoS Attack
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Service (DDoS) attacks beginning February 13.
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FAQ: Recovering Disk Access After Renaming Servers
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