SecurityFocus posted an interview with Stefan Esser, the founder of both the Hardened-PHP Project and the PHP Security Response Team (which he recently left). In the interview Federico Biancuzzi discussed with him how the PHP Security Response Team works, why he resigned from it, what features he plans to add to his own hardening patch, the interaction between Apache and PHP, the upcoming “Month of PHP bugs” initiative, and common mistakes in the design of well-known applications such as WordPress.
The Month of PHP bugs will take place in March 2007. Its goal is to make people and especially the PHP developers aware that bugs in PHP exist. While this sounds obvious for everyone on the outside, it is actually required. PHP has a very bad reputation when it comes to security, which is mostly caused by all the advisories about security holes in PHP applications.