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Old 20th August 2011
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Default PHP 5.3.7 update closes security holes

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The PHP developers have released PHP 5.3.7, a security and maintenance update to the stable branch of the PHP scripting language. Over ninety bug fixes have been applied, along with updates to the bundled Sqlite3 (to version and PCRE (to version 8.12). The bug fixes resolve a number of crashing flaws when using tack_errors, calling unknown function names, passing NULL to the DatePeriod constructor and many more. Full details of all the modifications are in the change log.
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The PHP developers have warned users not to upgrade to the latest stable branch release of the PHP scripting language due to a serious bug. In PHP 5.3.7, a security and maintenance update from last week, the crypt() function that is used to hash a string – typically a password – fails if an MD5 salt is given as an argument. In that case, instead of returning the hashed string, the function merely returns the salt itself.

The developers note that "DES and BLOWFISH salts work as expected". Until an update that fixes the bug is made available, the developers advise users not to upgrade to 5.3.7; version 5.3.8 is expected to arrive in the next "few days".
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