PHP Remote Exploit FIXED

January 6, 2011


How I do love Open Source!

Bug #53632 PHP hangs on numeric value 2.2250738585072011e-308 was submitted on 12-30-2010. Amidst all the partying and revelry of the season, the PHP core developers were hard at work finding the problem and more importantly, fixing it. This problem was discussed on The Reg, Network World, and reddit. (Read those while you are killing time compiling.)

The fix is in

For those of you who compile your own, grab the source code from the downloads page and start compiling. For those of you who use package managers, check with the mantainers to see when the new version will be available.

Once again, thanks to all the core developers for all they do. The ChangeLog for this issue lists Rasmus Lerdorf and Scott MacVicar as the committers for this particular fix. Let’s all raise our glasses in a salute to these two men. (or you could send them a thank you tweet, they’d probably like that as well)

About Cal Evans

Many moons ago, at the tender age of 14, Cal touched his first computer. (We're using the term "computer" loosely here, it was a TRS-80 Model 1) Since then his life has never been the same. He graduated from TRS-80s to Commodores and eventually to IBM PC's. For the past 10 years Cal has worked with PHP and MySQL on Linux OSX, and when necessary, Windows. He has built on a variety of projects ranging in size from simple web pages to multi-million dollar web applications. When not banging his head on his monitor, attempting a blood sacrifice to get a particular piece of code working, he enjoys building and managing development teams using his widely imitated but never patented management style of "management by wandering around". Cal is currently based in Nashville, TN and is gainfully unemployed as the Chief Marketing Officer of Blue Parabola, LLC. Cal is happily married to wife 1.28, the lovely and talented Kathy. Together they have 2 kids who were both bright enough not to pursue a career in IT. Cal blogs at and is the founder and host of Day Camp 4 Developers

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