PHP Hits the Mainstream: Gets worm to prove it!

We have had some interesting security-related news in our world these last couple of weeks. You may want to read on if you are running:

  • php < 4.3.10
  • php < 5.0.3
  • phpBB < 2.0.11

Also, I’ve added a little trick you might be interested in to keep your services safe. This is especially imporant if you use a shared host, and don’t have access to update your own software. Read on for more…

As Eric pointed out in the Forums, PHP 4.3.10 and 5.0.3 are now out. You really need to look into ugrading to one of these as soon as possible.

Also, a new worm targeting phpBB has been written. This initial version used a flaw in phpBB’s highlighting code to deface your site with the worm. Then, the worm would use google to find phpBB sites that had not yet been upgraded to infect. You can read more about it on [url]slashdot.org.

While google has stopped returning requests related to this worm, that doesn’t mean a new variant that uses a different (read:lesser) engine won’t pop up soon.

As “akiy” on slashdot posted:
_QUOTEC

It looks like the latest phpBB version 2.0.11 or a simple patch will thwart the worm, though. Time to upgrade if you haven’t yet!

I have to take his word on this, because I can’t get to [url]phpbb.org[/url] right now.

Happy Patching!! Don’t forget to try it in your test environments first if you have one!!

Also, a pretty reliable way to keep things like this from happening is to run your php scripts using a different user than the one that can write to your files.

For example, your website quantumbagel.com runs phpBB. All of the files are owned by qb_admin, and are read-only to everyone else. Then, PHP runs as qb_cgi. The qb_cgi user has no files…maybe some jpeg’s in an upload or avatar directory, but that’s it. If php or your scripts get compromised, the worst thing they could do is jack with your data…but your code would still be clean and intact.

If your php runs as an apache module in Linux, it is probably running as nobody…and unless your permissions allow anyone to write to your files you are probably ok.

I’m not sure how you would do this in windows though. (I have some fuzzy recollections about IIS_USER and the everyone group, or something) Anyone care to enlighten us?

Be safe out there!

Scalable Inline Image Replacement

This is definatly one of those things that I’m not sure I would ever use, but it is certainly cool enough to share. Using a little php and javascript, this script seemingly allows you to replace the content of any tags (h1 for example) with a nice graphic of the text in any font/size/color you choose.

No image support? no problem…alt property supplied on replace
No JS support? no problem…css marks up your h1 as normal
No visual support? no problem…screen reader reads your h1 or alt tag

Pretty cool in theory. It has built in, server-side cache support, etc. I’m a little squimish about a DoS vulnerability…someone flooding your site with obscene image generation requests. But, that could be trapped. What do you all think?

November 23, 2004 Newsletter

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November 23, 2004
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-Treo Fan Book
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-Programmer’s Ultimate Security DeskRef
-Unit Test Frameworks
-Inside the Spam Cartel
-PC Hacks
-Degunking Your Email, Spam, and Viruses
-Gaming Hacks
-Smart Home Hacks
-Head First Design Patterns
-Knoppix Hacks
-Windows to Linux Migration Toolkit
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Sunnyvale, CA–December 15
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-O’Reilly author Wil Wheaton Just Added as a Speaker at Macworld
San Francisco
-Interesting Work for Interesting People
-Hacks for Smart Homes
-”Spam Kings” Author Shares Insights, Spam-Prevention Tips
-Open Source Licenses Are Not All the Same
-make: The Evolution and Alternatives
-The Youngest “Learning Python” Fan
-Write a Webserver in 100 Lines of Code or Less
-iPod Photo: Breakthrough Device or Work in Progress?
-Building Simple Lists Using Strings in VBA
-Skins and Themes
-Extending Struts
-Take the ONJava.com Survey
-Creating iPod Tattoos
-Could Ringtones Be More Annoying?!
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Hey, where did the PHP News go?

Sorry everyone…I had to take the syndicated news block off the site for a while. It feels like they are using a blocking request to get news: if the other site is hanging…our site will hang right around with it until it gets an error or the news feed. As you guessed it…it was hanging. If I fix it, I’ll send the patch over to the maintainer, but for now…you can see the affiliate news by clicking the headlines link on the menu.

The PHP WTF?!?

For an entertaining read from time to time (They only seem to update once or twice a week).

Check out The PHP WTF.

Funny site that highlights some of the worst PHP code you can imagine.

Todays example shows off some great code where apparently the coder didn’t realize you could pull back more than one column at a time with a sql query.

November, 2004

This month we discussed the next round of changes for the website, lots of new topics for the next year and gave away items from Apress. Helen took plenty of pictures and introduced our first Roaming Book: Google Hacks, from O’Reilly.

Read on for more!

Now that the website migration is complete, we set our sites on the future this month.

Website Changes

Many of us agree that the categories that group the content on the site are in need of some…updating. The Forums are going to get slimmed down a bit. None of the content will be lost, but just consolidated under fewer categories. Add some comments here if you have some recommendations.

Main site Topics

Current Topics
Affiliates
Ask the Pug
Book Reviews
Developer News
Future Meetings
General News
Meeting News
Suggestions / Requests
Updated Topics
Affiliates
–Apress
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Book Reviews
Tutorials and News
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–PHP
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KCPug Events (Meeting Notes)

I’m thinking the Events would just be used for Event news, etc. If a tutorial, presentation, etc happens…then it could go into the appropriate Tutorial slot. Again, any ideas would be appreciated.
One thing I forgot to mention, was I’m thinking about adding a member links section. A place where you can all brag…er, link to all of those sites, resumes, etc that you are associated with.

Future Topics

I’ve been thinking up topics again. While PHP 5 is still a lot of fun to talk about, most of our attending members still can’t use it “at work.” Either not enough hosts have moved to it, or we have far too much php 4 code to test before we can move. So, this has influenced out presentation schedule a bit:

December, 2004

Savant – Using PHP as a templating engine

January, 2004

Introduction to PHP
I’ve also been receiving quite a few requests for us to start over. In other words, I have heard from many developers in Kansas City who would like to have a nice introduction to PHP. This will be their chance.
To start off the new year, I’ll put on a special 2hr Introduction class. Because of the length of time, and the concentration of the material, I’d like to look into hosting it in more of a classroom type setting. I’ll check into having this one at the college, JoCo Library, etc. Once I get the place set, I’d like to really push to get the word out…really start our year off with something special.

February, 2004

XML Serializer/Unserializer

March, 2004

DB DataObjects
An OO approach to database queries

April, 2004

HTML_Quickform

Additional Topics

Then, starting in May, maybe it will be a more appropriate time to get back to our Series on PHP 5.

New Content on the way

We have received a request for an article or presentation on the following:

Building Modular Systems: The Design and Implementation of a CMS

  • Concepts of modularity

  • Adding Modules Dynamically (Uploading, unpacking, installing)
  • Designing for PHP 4 vs PHP 5

Book Reviews

Pleanty of book reviews are on the way as well:

  • Advanced PHP Programming (O’reilly)
  • Web Database Applications with PHP and MySql 2nd edition (O’reilly)
  • Upgrading to PHP 5 (O’reilly)
  • Pro Apache (Apress)
  • Essential PHP Tools (Apress)

    The Apress Giveaway

    Thanks again to Apress for hooking us up with some new books and T-Shirts.

    Check out the happy winners! Well, actually they turned out to be more like volunteers. Thanks for your help everyone!!


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    Look forward to their book reviews in the coming months.

  • BIG Apress Giveaway!!

    Our new friend at Apress has sent us a little care package for this month’s Meeting. Stop on by for you chance to win one of four Shiny new books, as well as every coder’s favorite: FREE T-SHIRTS!

    Come on by, have a drink, win a book, chat about PHP. What better could you do on a Saturday!!

    Thanks Apress!

    KC Pug 3.0 Hits the Streets

    The PUG is Reborn!!

    Welcome home, Kansas City! Your new KC PUG website was released today to the masses. All of the users, stories, comments, topics and links were brought over from the GeekLog and PHPbb systems that we used to run, so your logins should still work. Let me know if you are having problems.

    Much more thought went into this release of our site, and we hope you like it. Read the article for a look at what’s new!

    A little KC Pug History

    This is as I remember it. It seems pretty fuzzy though, so if I don’t have something right, please email me. :-)

    When we first started the user group, I used a re-themed and very initial version of the CMS I develop for my day job. At the time, it handled just articles and comments. Very simple, and not too conducive to conversation.

    To try and spark the creativity, we added an installation of phpbb….one of the best forum software collections around. It helped, and people were asking and answering questions.

    KC Pug v2

    If eventually came time to use something more portal oriented for the new site. I selected GeekLog, mainly because it was VERY simple to set up. It had the basics and seemed to be pretty easy to customize.

    * News (with Comments)
    * Polls
    * Links to other sites

    We kept phpbb for our forum software, as there really wasn’t anything comparable built into geeklog. It worked, but it wasn’t perfect.

    But, we wanted more. And we would need to make some big changes to get there.

    KC Pug v3

    So, now we have the new site. In our move to Xoops, we addressed several “issues” right off the bat.

    • Automated notifications for meeting reminders, new content, etc
    • Solid integration between the forums and the website
    • User’s now just need one account!!!
    • A fresh, new, customized look (not just the default theme this time)
    • Change of hosting providers (No longer hosted at jccc.net)
    • Content is much easier to add, so I should be able to add more!

    But what we have, is just the groundwork!! Just take a peek at what’s on the way!!

    More activity and content

    Generally, we want to add more features, conversation and content.
    So, keep on the lookout for:

    • code examples

    • Book Reviews
    • brain teasers (coding contests)
    • An area for uploads (source, images, presentations, etc)
    • A nice FAQ system
    • More LAMP related topics
        Linux / Windows / OSX
        Apache
        MySql and other SQL databases
        PHP

      We’re still your friendly PUG!!

      We take great pride in the way we are. Our members are very helpful, honest and friendly, and we have a lot of fun getting together and chatting it up. Won’t you join us this month?

      If you want to comment on what you see…please feel free. We are a community…not just a website. And communities only grow stronger from the comments and opinions of its members.

    Meeting Times

    Currently we meet on the Third Saturday of each month at the Daily Dose Bar and Coffee House at 135th and Quivera at 2:30pm.

    Anyone with an interest in PHP or Web Development is welcome. Bring your questions, suggestions or announcements.

    Daily Dose Bar & Coffee House
    (Northwest corner of 135th and Quivera, facing Quivera)
    12056 W 135th St
    Overland Park, KS 66221

    You can also check the information on local.google for maps, directions, etc. Careful though, google puts the pin on 135th, it’s really up against Quivera!


    Event Photos

    November 2004


    All Photos by Helen