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PHP Floating Point Bug Crashes Servers

January 6th, 2011 01:55 admin Leave a comment Go to comments

angry tapir writes “A newly unearthed bug in certain versions of the PHP scripting language could crash servers when the software is given the task of converting a large floating point number, raising the possibility that the glitch could be exploited by hackers. The bug will cause the PHP processing software to enter an infinite loop when it tries to convert the series of digits “2.2250738585072011e-308″ from the string format into the floating point format. The bug only seems to affect version 5.2 and 5.3 of the language.” Adds reader alphadogg: “Computer scientist Rick Regan first reported the bug on Monday, and the PHP development team issued patches the following day.”

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