[PLUG] Step away from the PHP
tim-pdxlug at sentinelchicken.org
Wed Jan 27 10:03:27 PST 2010
> >> A warning for those PHP developers and app maintainers who aren't on
> >> the security mailing lists:
> > Does PHP stand for Pretty Heavy Problems?
> Programming Has Problems....
> Any sufficiently dumbed down, easy to implement, solution creates an
> inversely equal level of problems in actual use. In this case, the PHP
> "session" development was initially implemented (IIRC) as a way for
> coding newbies to slap together very simple way of maintaining state
> on an inherently stateless medium (http), with expected levels of poor
> performance, scalability, and security.
Frequently in security people like to assert that usability and
security are a simple trade-off. In some specific instances this is
true, but in most cases it's simply false, IMHO. There is often a
solution, with the right design, to provide the same level of
usability with better security.
I'm not trying to put words in your mouth, but you seemed to touch on
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