News Archive - 2006

Here are the most important news items we have published in 2006 on PHP.net.


PHP Conference Brazil

PHP Brasil 2007

The PHP Conference Brasil is the first Brazilian conference related exclusively to the PHP language in Sao Paulo, on December 1st and 2nd, 2006.

It will be a great opportunity to establish a sustainable Brazilian PHP community and to exchange ideas among our professionals. More info is available at the Brazilian PHP Conference Web site.


PHP 5.2.0 Released

The PHP development team is proud to announce the immediate release of PHP 5.2.0. This release is a major improvement in the 5.X series, which includes a large number of new features, bug fixes and security enhancements. Further details about this release can be found in the release announcement 5.2.0, the full list of changes is available in the ChangeLog PHP 5.

All users of PHP, especially those using earlier PHP 5 releases are advised to upgrade to this release as soon as possible. This release also obsoletes the 5.1 branch of PHP.

For users upgrading from PHP 5.0 and PHP 5.1 there is an upgrading guide available here, detailing the changes between those releases and PHP 5.2.0.



International PHP Conference 2006

International PHP Conference 2006

Software & Support media is pleased to announce the International PHP Conference 2006. It will happen from Nov. 05 to Nov. 08, 2006 at Frankfurt/Main. This year's sessions include topics on Security, PHP Internals, PHP & Business and Webservice topics. The Call for Papers has been closed and the programme is now online.

On Nov. 05 and Nov. 06 there will be 6-hour PowerWorkshops that deliver hands-on PHP knowledge. A Management Day, dedicated to Managers who want to get informed about the usage of PHP, contains several sessions about the usage of PHP in large companies. The "PHP Code Camp @ Nite" with PHP Core Devs Marcus Börger and Sara Golemon. They go through from PHP basics to PHP OOP and implementing your own PHP extension. Delicious pizza and beer will do the rest. Registration is now open.


PHP 5.1.6 Released

The PHP development team would like to announce the immediate availability of PHP 5.1.6. This release contains a fix for memory_limit restriction on 64 bit systems that was not included in PHP 5.1.5.



PHP 4.4.4 and PHP 5.1.5 Released

The PHP development team would like to announce the immediate availability of PHP 5.1.5 and 4.4.4. These two releases address a series of security problems that were discovered since the release of PHP 5.1.4 and 4.4.3. The new releases include the following changes:

  • Added missing safe_mode/open_basedir checks inside the error_log(), file_exists(), imap_open() and imap_reopen() functions.
  • Fixed overflows inside str_repeat() and wordwrap() functions on 64bit systems.
  • Fixed possible open_basedir/safe_mode bypass in cURL extension and on PHP 5.1.5 with realpath cache.
  • Fixed overflow in GD extension on invalid GIF images.
  • Fixed a buffer overflow inside sscanf() function.
  • Fixed an out of bounds read inside stripos() function.
  • Fixed memory_limit restriction on 64 bit system.

Further details about this release can be found in the release announcements (5.1.5 and 4.4.4), and the full list of changes is available in the ChangeLogs (PHP 4, PHP 5).


PHP 4.4.3 Released

The PHP development team is proud to announce the release of PHP 4.4.3. This release combines small number of bug fixes and resolves a number of security issues. Some of the key changes of PHP 4.4.3 include:

  • Disallow certain characters in session names.
  • Fixed a buffer overflow inside the wordwrap() function.
  • Prevent jumps to parent directory via the 2nd parameter of the tempnam() function.
  • Improved safe_mode check for the error_log() function.
  • Fixed cross-site scripting inside the phpinfo() function.
  • Fixed offset/length parameter validation inside the substr_compare() function.
  • Upgraded bundled PCRE library to version 6.6
  • Over 20 various bug fixes.

Further details about this release can be found in the release announcement and the full list of changes is available in the PHP 4 ChangeLog.


php/db|works 2006 Schedule Now Online

php|works / db|works 2006

The upcoming premier PHP conference, php|works/db|works, will take place in Toronto, Canada, September 12-15, 2006.

The conference, as always, will feature excellent speakers from many aspects of PHP development, including Rasmus Lerdorf, Wez Furlong, Sara Golemon, Sebastian Bergmann, Chris Shiflett and more! Be sure to check out the entire lineup, including special evening social events with top-notch prizes.


Welcome Summer of Code 2006 Students

Google Summer of Code 2006

PHP is very pleased to announce that seven students have been chosen for the Google 'Summer of Code'. Through this project, Google provides student developers with a stipend to create new open source programs or to help currently established projects like PHP. The students are each mentored by members of our community, who will look after the students and their projects step by step.

The students, their projects and their assigned mentors can be viewed here.


NYPHPCon 2006 Program Announced

NYPHPCon 2006

We are pleased to announce the speaker, tutorial and keynote program for NYPHPCon 2006. The New York PHP Conference & Expo 2006 is taking place in New York City, at the historic New Yorker Hotel, June 14-16, 2006. There will be three full days of sessions, tutorials, exhibits, and networking events.

We are also pleased to host the IBM Mashup Contest and Oracle PHPFest, and a special PHP Training package at this event.

NYPHPCon 2006 focuses on the The PHP Business Community, with two featured parallel tracks plus tutorials: Business Strategy and Technical Solutions. Over 400 are expected to attend, including business and technical professionals from around the world.


PHP 5.1.4 Released

A critical bug with $_POST array handling as well as the FastCGI sapi have been discovered in PHP 5.1.3. A new PHP release 5.1.4 is now available to address these issues. All PHP users are encouraged to upgrade to this release as soon as possible.

Further details about this release can be found in the release announcement and the full list of changes is available in the PHP 5 ChangeLog.
The tarballs were updated to include the PEAR's phar file, previously missing from the release.


PHP 5.1.3 Released

The PHP development team is proud to announce the release of PHP 5.1.3. This release combines small number of feature enhancements with a significant amount of bug fixes and resolves a number of security issues. Some of the key changes of PHP 5.1.3 include:

  • Disallow certain characters in session names.
  • Fixed a buffer overflow inside the wordwrap() function.
  • Prevent jumps to parent directory via the 2nd parameter of the tempnam() function.
  • Enforce safe_mode for the source parameter of the copy() function.
  • Fixed cross-site scripting inside the phpinfo() function.
  • Fixed offset/length parameter validation inside the substr_compare() function.
  • Fixed a heap corruption inside the session extension.
  • Fixed a bug that would allow variable to survive unset().
  • Fixed a number of crashes in the DOM, SOAP and PDO extensions.
  • Upgraded bundled PCRE library to version 6.6
  • The use of the var keyword to declare properties no longer raises a deprecation E_STRICT.
  • FastCGI interface was completely reimplemented.
  • Multitude of improvements to the SPL, SimpleXML, GD, CURL and Reflection extensions.
  • Over 120 various bug fixes.

Further details about this release can be found in the release announcement and the full list of changes is available in the PHP 5 ChangeLog.


Summer of Code

Proposals are now being accepted for Google's Summer of Code program. If you qualify and you are interested in working on a PHP-related project this summer, please consider applying. We have listed a couple of ideas, but we would encourage you to submit a proposal for any part of PHP you are interested in. If your project is accepted we will match you up with a mentor and try to provide you with as much support as possible. To get started, read the FAQ and then go to Step 1.


PHP Vikinger

The PHP Vikinger is a community-driven PHP event that will be held in Skien, Norway from June 24th to 25th. Like the famous Foo Camp and Bar Camp, the people who attend get to choose and present the sessions at the event.

The event is meant to be affordable: registration is 20 Euros, and simple food and a place to sleep are provided for both days of the event. The major expense for most attendees will be the cost of traveling to Norway. 50 invitations have been sent to various PEAR and PHP contributors. General registration for the event opens on May 1st.


php|tek 2006

php|tek 2006

The php|tek 2006 conference will take place in Orlando, Florida, April 25-28.

This year's speaker roster features many well-known PHP and open-source experts, including Rasmus Lerdorf, IBM's Rod Smith and Zend's Andi Gutmans, speaking on a variety of topics that highlight PHP's scalability, robustness and future.


PHP Quebec 2006

PHP Quebec 2006

The PHP Quebec team is pleased to announce the 4th edition of the PHP Quebec Conference. This year, the conference will be held at the Montreal Plaza Hotel from March 29th to 31st. It features 2 days of technical learning and an additional day of workshop. Among the speakers, the well known PHP Experts such has Rasmus Lerdorf, Andrei Zmeivski, Derick Rethans and Ilia Alshanetsky.

The conference will have three distinct tracks of session: Advanced Techniques, Professional Development and Databases. With over 31 sessions, including workshops, the PHP Québec Conference is great opportunity to learn about the latest PHP techniques and professional development techniques to help you build high quality PHP software. The conference will also present the various storage solutions available such has IBM DB2, PostgreSQL, SQLite and MySQL.

Early bird pricing are available until march 3rd.
Learn more about this exciting conference.


NYPHPCon 2006

NYPHPCon 2006

The New York PHP Conference & Expo 2006 is taking place in New York City, at the historic New Yorker Hotel, June 14-16, 2006. There will be three full days of sessions, tutorials, exhibits, and networking events.

NYPHPCon 2006 focuses on the The PHP Business Community, with two featured parallel tracks: Business Strategy and Technical Solutions. Over 400 are expected to attend, including business and technical professionals from around the world.

An early-bird discount is available until March 1st.


Third Bulgarian PHP Conference

WebTech 2006

The third Web Technology conference and Expo in Bulgaria will be held in June 2006 in the city of Sofia. Within its framework, the Third Bulgarian PHP Conference will be held. The event will take place on the 30th of June and the 1st of July at the conference area of the Kempinski Hotel Zografski.

The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the new tendencies in this direction and to popularize the internet technologies in the spheres of business, education, and services. The range of subjects includes technologies like PHP, Perl, business systems through web, education through the internet, and others.



PHP 4.4.2 Released

The PHP development team is proud to announce the release of PHP 4.4.2. This release address a few small security issues, and also corrects some regressions that occurred in PHP 4.4.1. All PHP 4 users are encouraged to upgrade to this release. Some of the key changes of PHP 4.4.2 include:

  • HTTP Response Splitting has been addressed in the header() function.
  • An XSS problem inside the error reporting functionality has been removed.
  • Apache 2 regression with sub-request handling on non-Linux systems has been fixed.
  • A regression with the key() and current() functions have been fixed.
  • Over 30 various bug fixes.

Further details about this release can be found in the release announcement and the full list of changes is available in the PHP 4 ChangeLog.


PHP 5.1.2 Released

The PHP development team is proud to announce the release of PHP 5.1.2. This release combines small feature enhancements with a fair number of bug fixes and addresses three security issues. All PHP 5 users are encouraged to upgrade to this release. Some of the key changes of PHP 5.1.2 include:

  • HTTP Response Splitting has been addressed in ext/session and in the header() function.
  • Fixed format string vulnerability in ext/mysqli.
  • Fixed possible cross-site scripting problems in certain error conditions.
  • Hash & XMLWriter extensions added and enabled by default.
  • Upgraded OCI8 extension.
  • Over 85 various bug fixes.

Further details about this release can be found in the release announcement and the full list of changes is available in the PHP 5 ChangeLog.



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