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Threadpost reports that the maintainers of the PHP scripting language are warning users about a serious crypto problem in the latest release and advising them not to upgrade to PHP 5.3.7 until the bug is resolved.

PHP 5.3.7 was just released last week and that version contained fixes for a slew of security vulnerabilities. But now a serious flaw has been found in that new release that is related to the way that one of the cryptographic functions handles inputs. In some cases, when the crypt() function is called using MD5 salts, the function will return only the salt value instead of the salted hash value.

The problem does not occur when using Blowfish or DES, only with MD5. The initial bug report on the problem in the PHP system appeared Aug. 17, the day before the public stable release of PHP 5.3.7.
  Serious Crypto Bug Found in PHP 5.3.7