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Security risks, Dangers of old PHP 5.2.xx

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#1 sharpieclm



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Posted 27 April 2013 - 03:34 AM

I am new here. Can anyone give me information on security risks and dangers of running PHP 5.2.xx?




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Posted 27 April 2013 - 03:38 AM

Also, what reason would someone have for not upgrading since PHP 5.2.3?

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Posted 27 April 2013 - 05:12 AM

http://php.net or https://bugs.php.net would likely be your best resources for question #1.

As for question #2, there could be many reasons. Number one is probably simply that that is all there version of the OS currently supports. It can sometimes be a pain to update an OS just to get it's package manager to pull in a newer version of a particular piece of software but unfortunately, a lot of "server" distros are fairly slow moving.

Having said that, there are numerous advantages to 5.3 and again with 5.4. If this servers primary task is serving up applications built with PHP, the pros should far outweigh the cons.

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Posted 27 April 2013 - 03:53 PM

the change log can be examined for specific things that have been fixed or added since any particular starting version - http://php.net/ChangeLog-5.php
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