Dreamhost, would you please add support for the mysqli extension in php? It extends the mysql extension to support newer features present in MySQL 4 and 5; it would be nice to actually have easy use of the features supported by the database.
For example, the mysqli object supports prepared statements, a form of bindable query that significantly mitigates the threat of SQL injection in our hosted applications. At this point we can protect using carefully crafted whitelist validation (or blacklist validation when we have to), but having access to prepared statements would provide greater defense in depth.
I realize that there is already a suggestion in the web panel for this, but I figured additional avenues of inquiry wouldn’t hurt.