Joomla 3.5.1 released

Joomla has announced the release of their open source CMS system, version v3.5.1.  The latest version fixes the following issues which were found in v3.5: Fix root url sometimes returning empty in canonical URLs Fix having to log in twice when user session expires Some SMTP emails could no longer be sent due to a […]

Joomla 3.5 Released

A little over a week ago, the Joomla! Project anounced the release of Joomla 3.5.  The major advantage this has is that the widely used CMS has PHP7 support, allowing webmasters to upgrade their server installations and take advantage of the performance improvements that PHP7 brings. The new version comes with an e-mail update plugin to allow […]

NEVER trust user input

I’ve had the joys recently of being part of a code audit for a potential client for a change or re-build of a system.  The code in itself was complete textbook…of how not to code a system.  It looked like it had been built long long ago when OO principles didn’t exist, and when no-one […]

Perils of a shared hosting platform

Once again I’ve been inspired by a stack overflow question, and it made me think about issues of a shared hosting platform.  You know the ones; the “host your site for £2.99 a month” sites.  There’s nothing inherently wrong with it (I was using them for a long time until I decided I wanted my own server […]

Developers still lack security know-how

Earlier this week I was looking into RESTFUL web services and how to create them, so I set myself a small project.  The idea was to do something very basic, but that could be useful for someone rather than just a proof of concept.  i had no real direction.  With the news recently being about […]

Fun with Firewalls

Firewalls are not fun.  I’ve got to open with that statement as I’ve been doing a lot of work with firewalls in the past couple of weeks.  It’s not been the most enjoyable of experiences, but I can see why it is needed.

Setting up your web server

I spend quite a lot of time on StackOverflow, both in terms of finding answers for something I need, and also for helping people out with their issues.  One question I see quite a lot is around security permissions for creating files on the server.  Usually these questions are for PHP, and as such I’m going […]

Keeping data secure

Following the news this week that South Wales Police have been hit with a fine of £160,000 for not reporting missing data for two years, I got thinking about the importance of keeping data secure. The case itself is an extreme example of why you should keep data secure.  You really don’t want evidence in a very […]