PHP 4.4.1. Release Announcement
The PHP Development Team would like to announce the immediate release of
This is a bug fix release, which addresses some security problems too. The
security issues that this release fixes are:
- Fixed a Cross Site Scripting (XSS)
vulnerability in phpinfo() that could
lead f.e. to cookie exposure, when a phpinfo() script is accidently left
on a production server.
- Fixed multiple safe_mode/open_basedir bypass vulnerabilities in ext/curl
and ext/gd that could lead to exposure of files normally not accessible due
to safe_mode or open_basedir restrictions.
- Fixed a possible $GLOBALS overwrite problem in file upload handling,
extract() and import_request_variables() that could lead to unexpected
security holes in scripts assumed secure. (For more information, see here).
- Fixed a problem when a request was terminated due to memory_limit
constraints during certain
parse_str() calls. In some cases
this can result in register_globals being turned on.
- Fixed an issue with trailing slashes in allowed basedirs. They were ignored
by open_basedir checks, so that specified basedirs were handled as prefixes
and not as full directory names.
- Fixed an issue with calling virtual()
on Apache 2. This allowed bypassing of certain configuration directives
like safe_mode or open_basedir.
- Updated to the latest pcrelib to fix a possible integer overflow
vulnerability announced in CAN-2005-2491.
This release also fixes 35 other defects, where the most important is the
the fix that removes a notice when passing a by-reference result of a function
as a by-reference value to another function. (Bug #33558).
For a full list of changes in PHP 4.4.1, see the