PHP security under scrutiny
A search of the database, maintained by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), found that Web applications written in PHP likely account for 43 percent of the security issues found so far in 2006, up from 29 percent in 2005. While flaws in the language itself account for a very small percentage the total, the problems with PHP underscore the difficulty that developers--many of them amateurs--have in locking down applications written in the language, said Peter Mell, senior computer scientist for the NIST and the program manager for the National Vulnerability Database.
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