I got this announcement:
[quote]We apologize for any inconvenience we may have caused. We were initially hasty when we
announced that allow_url_fopen would be turned off immediately as many of your websites
(many more than we had anticipated) rely on it for their functionality . The security issue for
our servers is still severe and we will still be turning off the allow_url_fopen option soon, but
anyone who is currently relying on it will have some time to make the necessary code changes.
This will be your only announcement regarding this and you must make any necessary code
changes before the deadline.
The deadline for any PHP code changes is March 29, 2005. We will be turning off the
allow_url_fopen option shortly after that date.
If you are currently using this functionality in your PHP code, there is a more powerful and
flexible option available. PHP provides excellent support for curl library and its associated
One of our own users has written a short article describing how it is used and that can be found
The official PHP documentation for it is here:
This change will significantly improve the security of PHP-based applications running on our
servers so we can spend more time giving you more features!
Happy DreamHost Keeping-The-Peace and Security Team
I’m running SMF on the server. Is it affected? Do I need to do something?