There is a latest and greatest version of PHP now available, but of course, this is still in Beta release so technically it's not recommended for use with production sites. However, if you've got some free time on your hands and you want to play around with it, you can download the latest version at http://www.php.net/downloads.php#v5.1.
In the latest collaboration between Zend and IBM, Zend has released Zend Core which is a production/development platform that integrates well with DB2, Cloudscape, XML Web Services, and Zend Platform and Zend Studio. For more information, you can read the full press release at http://www.zend.com/news/zendpr.php?id=103.
SquirrelMail Security Advisory
A recent cross-site scripting vulnerability in SquirrelMail's "options_identities.php" file was reported from Secunia. Users of this popular mail package are encouraged to upgrade immediately to version 1.4.5 at http://www.squirrelmail.org/download.php.
Hide the Path Shown in Warnings
Ilia Alshanetsky has a great blog post about how to keep your path hidden to users if an error message should be thrown. This prevents potential intruders from gaining access to your path names by forcing an error. For more on this topic, visit Ilia's blog post at http://ilia.ws/archives/58-Path-Disclosure-and-PHP.html.
International PHP Conference 2005 Sessions Available
The good folks at the International PHP Conference have posted the sessions for their upcoming conference in November. Sessions will cover a variety of topics including general PHP, PHP & business/integration, PHP & databases, PHP design, PHP extensions, PHP & XML, and PHP-GTK. There will also be power workshops with more intense PHP training, and a "Management Day", where "project managers and consultants shine the light on using PHP in enterprise-level projects." For a complete list of specific topics and presentations, visit the site at http://www.phpconference.com.
Greg Beaver Goes .phar
In a recent blog post, Greg Beaver talks about the advent of PHP archive files to bundle PEAR packages (affectionately known as .phar files). In doing so, PEAR packages could be installed without the use of go-pear, for PHP versions 4.3.0 and up. It is a very interesting concept, and you can read more about it by checking out Greg's blog at http://greg.chiaraquartet.net/archives/73-guid.html.
phpBB Looking for Support and Styles Team Members
If you are a user of phpBB and would like to apply to be a part of the Support and/or Styles Teams, then today is your lucky day. You can submit applications to participate on either one of these teams by going to the phpBB website: http://www.phpbb.com/phpBB/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=307922. You can also find specifics about what they are looking for and the requirements of the applicant.
Attention Users of Win 9X and PHP
Wez Furlong wants to hear from you! They are contemplating dropping support for Win 9x and Wez wants to hear from those of you out there so they can get a better handle on what type of impact that would have on the community. Feel free to voice your opinon at his blog: http://netevil.org/node.php?nid=336.