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PHP Becomes First Programming Language to Add Modern Cryptography Library in Its Core

February 20th By Catalin Cimpanu

 

The PHP team has unanimously voted to integrate the Libsodium library in the PHP core, and by doing so, becoming the first programming language to support a modern cryptography library by default.

 

The proposal to embed Libsodium (also known as Sodium) into the PHP standard library came from Scott Arciszewski, Chief Development Officer at Paragon Initiative Enterprises, a man that has campaigned for stronger cryptography in PHP CMSes in the past.

 

Libsodium integration arriving with PHP 7.2

 

The PHP team approved his proposal with a vote of 37 to 0 and decided that Libsodium will be added to the upcoming PHP 7.2 release that will be launched towards the end of 2017. The current PHP version is 7.1.2.

 

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