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Christopher Kunz's Blog:
How to increase PEAR security (and give admins a fuzzy feeling)
November 11, 2005 @ 06:09:47

In this new post from Christopher Kunz today on his blog, he talks a bit about the "lupii" attacks that have been happening and a suggestion for those maintaining the PEAR projects.

The latest PHP worm (lupii) attacks systems that are vulnerable to a remote code execution hole in PEAR::XMLRPC (or phpxmlrpc). It can only propagate on systems whose administrators have neglected to update PHP (or PEAR) in the last 3 months.

What if the PEAR project would introduce a flag for packets, say, "-security" and modify the PEAR installer accordingly. That flag should only be used for pure security fixes, without feature or BC breakage, so that it won't break anything at all (apart from the exploits).

He goes on mentioning that something like this would be a load off of your local web server admin's mind - just run a cron to look at a PEAR security channel and pick up the latest updates...

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