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  • Paperback: 130 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (23 Oct. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 059600656X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596006563
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 0.7 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 281,670 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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You've heard the nasty stories about PHP sites being wiped off the web by evil hackers? Sadly it's not scare-mongering as it does happen, and as much as we love PHP it needs proper security to keep your site safe from harm. Plenty of PHP books have the odd chapter on security but at last O'Reilly have published a whole volume dedicated to the cause, with all the code you'll need to keep everything in order. Each chapter covers a different aspect of the application, from form processing to database programming and session management. Written in a straight forward style, it's ideal for every PHP user, but at GBP20 you might expect a little more than just 100 pages." .NET, November 2005 "If you write PHP scripts, get a copy" - Alain Williams, news@UK, March 2006

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A Guide to Building Secure Web Applications

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Studland on 13 Nov. 2005
Format: Paperback
We've probably all heard about sql injections, cross side scripting, session hi-jacking and other security issues in PHP, and this book explains what they are, how they happen and how to combat them. More than that though, you'll learn best practices for writing secure php pages.
One of the things I liked about this book is that you don't need to be sat next to your PC to read it. Though it has many nice and clear code examples, it's mainly about principles and theory. Excellent to have on the bedside table.
It isn't a very thick book, but is written in a clear and accessible style, and I found myself going 'aha' all the way through. I read it quickly but have a feeling that I'll return to it often until all those best practices are memorised and I'm 'doing' them.
Worth buying? Definitely. This book should be on every serious PHP programmer's bookshelf.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rene Gundersen on 12 Feb. 2007
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This book is very good, and absolutely recommandable.

The book is not very big (~100 pages) and can be read quite fast. It's also an easy read, as the language in the book is not hard as some other technical books might be. The explanations are good, and easy to understand, as well as the reasoning.

I enjoyed this book, and it's a great reference. It's size also allows you to read it again (And that's a great idea - Helps you to remember) to get the most out of the book.

The author knows what he talks about, and his advice really makes sense. You might already be aware of some of the concepts, such as filtering input etc, but Chris explains really well the ideas behind such concepts, and gives great examples of what can go wrong if you fail to follow the simple principles given.

All in all, this is a great book that really helps you, by teaching you best practices from a very experienced web-developer.

And the book is really great as a reference.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John G. Dyke on 25 July 2010
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I was disappointed when I opened my Amazon package to find this slim book (100+pages). However, the content is pure gold. If you write PHP scripts you should read this book. I attended a two day course on PHP security which was very good but I can say unequivocally that this book is much much better. Having read the book its size is an advantage.

It has a practical approach to the problem and examples to illustrate the common security holes in PHP scripts and how to prevent them. There is no extraneous material and security issues are described in a concise way making it easy to follow. Examples are available on the books website (in common with most O'Reilly books)

Read this book before writing a PHP script, during and afterwards. Have it to hand: it is a vade mecum of PHP security. Reading and applying the knowledge within its covers could save you hours of time undoing a hack on your website and database.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Miha Hribar on 6 Sept. 2006
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We've all written unsecure code. Then tried to circumvent our weak security measures. It made us better programmers, and made us sleep better knowing our applications were safe. But there is just so far your imagination can go, while thinking up ways to get inside your perfectly secure system.

Essential PHP Security by Chris Shiflett brings you those ideas in a book that looks rather, well small. We've all gotten used to those big, heavy, shelf bending computer books, but this one has just 124 pages. Allow me to get a bit poetic: Don't judge the book by its covers, or rather by the number of pages. This book is the essential reading for all PHP developers, professional and hobbyist alike. It is one of those books that will not get outdated and will be referenced on a daily basis.

I really enjoyed reading this book. It made me realize that some of my approaches were a bit misslead, but mostly solidified my way of coding. And that is really what I was looking to get out of this book.
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If you've done a bit of PHP programming, or have used any other online scripting languages, but have never considered the security implications, this book is essential. The threats are jaw-droppingly simple, but so are their fixes, and the principles remain for other technologies too. The techniques will also improve the integrity of your data and ensure that you consider security in the design process of your applications.

The book is lean and quick to read, the content is aimed at reasonably knowledgeable programmers, but there is nothing here that can't be easily researched. All the issues are illustrated with short, relevant examples and code, which makes a change from most programming books. The author also maintains his own website to ensure that readers can remain updated on problems for the foreseeable future. Overall, this is essential stuff and great value.
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By Scott on 24 Feb. 2011
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One of the problems with computing books tends to be they ramble on, and on and on.... But not this one. It short, very short. But perfect for that. It doesn't tell you about the history of PHP, it doesn't sell PHP as a scripting language, it tells shows you how to protect your site from being attacked. It's not an in depth security book, it's a very practical guide to help you a developer build (and maintain) a site in a secure way. Nothing more nothing less, if you ever use PHP buy this book, and spend an afternoon reading it, then the next week fixing the holes in what you thought was a secure site.
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