Google Chrome is reporting that the official PHP site, php.net contains malware that can harm your computer. Google Chrome usually is correct about identifying infected websites or websites that may harm visitor’s computers, but this time it’s hard to believe. Typing php.net in Chrome flashes a warning message that says ‘Malware Ahead! The website ahead contains malware! Google chrome has blocked access to php.net for now. Even if you have visited this website safely in the past, visiting it now is very likely to infect your Mac with malware.” Out of curiosity, we clicked on ‘Details about problem on this website’ and found following information about what might be wrong with php.net –
Of the 1613 pages we tested on the site over the past 90 days, 4 page(s) resulted in malicious software being downloaded and installed without user consent. The last time Google visited this site was on 2013-10-24, and the last time suspicious content was found on this site was on 2013-10-23.
Malicious software includes 4 trojan(s). Malicious software is hosted on 4 domain(s), including cobbcountybankruptcylawyer.com/, stephaniemari.com/, northgadui.com/ . 3 domain(s) appear to be functioning as intermediaries for distributing malware to visitors of this site, including stephaniemari.com/,northgadui.com/, satnavreviewed.co.uk/ .
PHP is one of the very popular web development languages, and one of the most frequently used resource by PHP developers. Millions of websites all over the world, including CrazyEngineers.com are powered by PHP. The warning message is being issued by all the leading popular browsers viz. Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Apple’s Safari.
We’ll keep you posted about the developments on this front. It’s not clear whether PHP.net has been deliberately attacked & hacked or Google’s issuing a false alarm. If you have more information about the issue; please share it with us through comments.