September Meetup

PHP Berkshire
PHP Berkshire
Public group
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Announcing our September meet up - at our new home at Reading's Walkabout.

We are also excited to announce that this month's event will be sponsored by Jerram Digital, a creative development house that delivers Enterprise Wordpress and bespoke PHP programming expertise to businesses and agencies throughout the Thames Valley. They help organisations to achieve smart integrations and custom solutions for their websites and applications. You can find them at


Andrejus Kostarevas with Attacking Websites for Educational Purposes Only

Information security is a big deal nowadays as more and more people start to take their privacy online very seriously. But what's the point of protecting yourself if the web services you use are vulnerable to big scary hackers? If you want to catch a glimpse of penetration testing, come along and learn about concepts such as discovering vulnerabilities, running through them, exploiting and patching them. This talk will be based around a University coursework project, where an older version of web forum software "phpBB" is examined, exploited and patched. The technologies that phpBB was built on were quite simple, so the main focus of the talk will be the process of penetration testing. Some of the topics covered will include sanitising user input, as well as enforcing file and variable scopes. You will familiarise yourself with concepts such as never trusting user input and get to see exploits such as cross-site scripting and remote code execution. Lastly, we will wrap up by patching out these vulnerabilities and hopefully learn a thing or two about building more secure software.



There is parking in an NCP carpark on Garrard Street just below Thames Tower, but this is very expensive. The venue is a five or ten minute walk from the Oracle car parks, which are much more reasonable, and the train station car park which is less so.


Food and Drink

Food and drink are available from the Walkabout, which is open prior to the event. The bar in our space will also be run throughout.
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