The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) reported that the number of websites utilizing encryption (HTTPS) to secure the traffic between the browser and the web server. For the first time since the inception of the Internet, the majority (more than half) of internet traffic was encrypted! It did not matter the size: large and small websites… Continue reading 2016: Banner Year for Encryption
A new Remote Code Execution (RCE) vulnerability has been reported on Christmas but details were only recently released. PHPMailer has already issued a patch (though they are not 100% confident in it), and WordPress (which uses PHPMailer) is considering issuing a security patch for current versions as well. The vulnerability allows the FROM address, when… Continue reading PHPMailer Vulnerability
WordPress (WP) has released version 4.7 of their blogging and content management software. It has been codenamed in honor of the legendary jazz vocalist Sarah “Sassy” Vaughan. Here are some of the new features: Twenty Seventeen As always, new version, new theme… Theme Starter Content When you setup a new theme with no content, the… Continue reading WordPress 4.7 “Vaughan” Released
Google has released version 55 of the Chrome web browser (based on the open-source Chromium browser) a few days early (was supposed to be released on the 6th). There was over $70,000 paid out to security experts, developers, and white-hat hackers for finding over 25 different security-related issues with the browser. Noteworthy features: async &… Continue reading Google Chrome 55 Released
PHP version 7.1 was released with a few new features and corrections. Nothing massive (like the major performance increase of version 7) was added so don’t expect hosts to make any major steps to support it. Nullable Types Function & method return types can have a question mark (?) placed in front of it to… Continue reading PHP 7.1 Released
The new technology preview of the Apple’s WebKit-based Safari web browsers shows that they are removing Netscape Plugin Application Programming Interface (NPAPI) in an upcoming version of Safari.
The next version of the popular open-source scripting language is set to be released in early November 2015 – just a few months from time of writing! The second release candidate has been set free with a few bug and security fixes. The upcoming version includes new features such as full and consistent 64-bit support across… Continue reading PHP 7: Release Candidate 2
Mozilla, an open-source software community run by the non-profit organization, Mozilla Corporation, and developers of the Firefox web browser, has announced it’s bug tracking software, Bugzilla, was hacked. The organization’s blog post states that the account that was compromised had access to privately-listed bugs representing zero-day security flaws in the browser. However, if you keep your browser… Continue reading Firefox: Stolen and Fixed