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Pro PHP Security: From Application Security Principles to the Implementation of XSS Defenses, Second Edition [Paperback]

Chris Snyder , Thomas Myer , Michael Southwell

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Book Description

Dec 9 2010 1430233184 978-1430233183 2

PHP security, just like PHP itself, has advanced. Updated for PHP 5.3, the second edition of this authoritative PHP security book covers foundational PHP security topics like SQL injection, XSS, user authentication, and secure PHP development. Chris Snyder and Tom Myer also dive into recent developments like mobile security, the impact of Javascript, and the advantages of recent PHP hardening efforts.

Pro PHP Security will serve as your complete guide for taking defensive and proactive security measures within your PHP applications. Beginners in secure programming will find a lot of material on secure PHP development, the basics of encryption, secure protocols, as well as how to reconcile the demands of server side and web application security.

What you'll learn

  • Secure PHP Development Principles
  • PHP Web Application Security
  • User and file security
  • Mobile Security
  • Encryption and Secure Protocols
  • Dealing with Javascript

Who this book is for

Pro PHP Security appeals to all intermediate and advanced PHP programmers who need to keep websites safe. It also contains material of interest to all who are concerned with web application security.

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About the Author

Chris Snyder is a software engineer at Fund for the City of New York, where he helps develop next-generation websites and services for nonprofit organizations. He is a member of the Executive Board of New York PHP, and has been looking for new ways to build scriptable, linked, multimedia content since he saw his first Hypercard stack in 1988.

Michael Southwell is a retired English professor who has been developing websites for more than 10 years in the small business, nonprofit, and educational areas, with special interest in problems of accessibility. He has authored and co-authored 8 books and numerous articles about writing, writing and computers, and writing education. He is a member of the Executive Board of New York PHP, and a Zend Certified Engineer.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book on security June 1 2011
By A Golden Eagle - Published on
This was a pretty solid book on PHP web application security, and should be a part of any PHP developer's library. The author gives detailed descriptions of the most common ways in which your application can be attacked, and gives well thought out examples of how to guard against them. Here are some of the topics that you'll learn about in the book:

- SQL injection: This book gives a great overview of what SQL injection is, how to identify vulnerabilities, how to fix them, and how to test your application
- Cross-site scripting: This was a good one for me. Much of the documentation on XSS is pretty vague. The authors did a good job of providing several detailed examples of cross-site scripting attacks, and how to defend against them.
- Validating and Sanitizing input: The authors really stress the importance of validating and sanitizing any input that comes into your application. They give examples of how to create validation libraries. However, one of my main disappointments with the book was that they failed to discuss PHP's filter_var functionality.
- Captchas: What they are and how to implement them.
- Securing RESTful services: Restricting access, authenticating and authorizing requests, and enforcing quotas and rate limits.
- How to secure UNIX
- How to secure your database
- Encryption: The authors discuss keeping your passwords safe by hashing, and how to protect other sensitive data by symmetrical or asymmetrical encryption
- SSL and SSH: Securing network connections via SSL and SSH. How to generate certificates and keys.
- Securing shared hosting
- Keeping production and development environments separate
- Keeping software up to date

These are just some of the focus areas of this book. It provides even more interesting and valuable information. While this book won't make you a security expert, it will put you well on the path of proper security-minded PHP coding.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoy the second edition Jan. 26 2011
By Amazon Customer - Published on
As a PHP web developer, I I highly recommend this book to anyone who uses PHP as parts of daily web programming tool. It is really difficult to find a book that emphasizes only on the PHP security from different approach. Fortunately, this book contains all the security perspective related to PHP.
If you bought the first edition of this book, you might be disappointment on how it was organized in the first edition; however, the second edition of this book will change your opinion forever. It is easy to follow, and the authors focus on only one specific area per chapter; as a result, it allows readers to focus on the specific security that they may either are not aware of the problems or want to get more in depth detail.
Overall, I think this book is not only good for the seasonal PHP programmers since they may only need some parts of security topics that related to their current projects but also good for the experience PHP programmer since they can use this book as reference.
I do not think this book is good for programmers who just start to learn PHP language since most of the topics in this book are for people who have worked in PHP for few years.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book July 8 2014
By Goran Jakovljevic - Published on
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Great book, rock solid!
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome read Feb. 19 2014
By Maureenfind - Published on
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Great book with code included for tacking down major security design and implementation issues.
PHP must have for any beginning coder.
5.0 out of 5 stars Pro PHP securioty Oct. 16 2012
By Maxtor09 - Published on
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Clear and complete, easy to read with nice code examples. I recommend really this book. Thanks to the author !

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