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PHP.net compromised and used to attack visitors

Lucian Constantin | Oct. 25, 2013
Visitors to the official website for the PHP programming language over the past couple of days might have had their computers infected with malware.

The number of users affected by the attack was likely limited by the fact that the rogue code added to userprefs.js was periodically removed by an existing synchronization process that restored the file to its original state.

"Not much to say about the effect on end users who visited the site during that time because the windows where the changed file was actually being served were really small and our focus has been on establishing the integrity of the PHP source code we distribute," Lerdorf said via email. "But yes, if someone got redirected to a strange place when visiting php.net they should take normal anti-virus precautions."

 

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