PHP : Hide PHP version information from curl

By default, PHP will expose its version information when query by curl -I and you may want to hide the version information to prevent a potential attacker from gaining more information.

For example:

localhost:~ admin$ curl -I

HTTP/1.1 200 OK

Server: nginx/1.4.6

Content-Type: text/html

Connection: keep-alive

Vary: Accept-Encoding

X-Powered-By: PHP/5.4.25 <------ here

Access-Control-Allow-Credentials: true

Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2014 12:21:40 GMT

Cache-Control: max-age=0, no-cache

To turn off the version information. Do the following on the webserver's PHP configuration :

vi /etc/php.ini

look for expose_php = On line

change it to expose_php = Off

and this will cause PHP not to send over the version information when queried.

By Adam Ng

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