Message Board Security ProblemsWritten by T Frady
Security leaks can be a big problem for any site using a message board. Hackers can actually use your message board to go in and change things on your site. This has happened to me at least four times. Once an iframe was added to every single page of one of my very large sites. Thankfully, I had it completely backed up, so all I had to do was send pages back up to server. Twice, front page of one of my sites was hijacked. The entire content of front page was replaced by some note from a hacker stating he had been there.
The last time one of my sites had to be taken down to prevent server from crashing. After calling my web host they were able to tell me my message board was cause of problem. I used, and still do on some sites, phpbb message board. It is one of most popular boards on internet, and it's free. The web host tech told me that problem was that a virus of sorts had been placed onto server, through message board, in message board folder, and was calling out to other servers causing a major load on my web host's server. To fix problem web host tech found file and deleted it. After that, all I had to do was update to latest version of phpbb and so far so good.
PHP is 10 years old!Written by Cale D. Hollingsworth
I can't believe PHP is 10 years old!
When I first started developing web applications in 1994, there was really only one choice. Perl.
Early in 1995, my friend, who was also my systems administrator at time, introduced me to PHP. It was a small CGI that parsed script tags embedded WITHIN HTML! No more building entire HTML documents from within Perl printf functions! Oh Joy.
When Rasmus started developing an Apache plug-in (PHP/FI), I was certainly hooked. I developed my first e-commerce site in 1995 using PHP/FI & mSQL and it was a huge success. Since then, my companies have developed dozens of projects and applications from small to large using LAMP (Linux/Apache/MySQL/PHP) platform. This platform has matured to point where it is ubquitous to world wide web. Even this very site is powered by LAMP.