Just a quick question, our host is currently using php 5.2.13 and states that it has no plans to upgrade.
I've been reading on php.net and I quote
Now I'm sure that updates issued fix bugs\security issue etc should they be using at least 5.3.17?
"The PHP development team announces the immediate availability of PHP 5.4.7 and PHP 5.3.17. These releases fix over 20 bugs. All users of PHP are encouraged to upgrade to PHP 5.4.7, or at least 5.3.17."
I would have thoguht they would use 5.3 at least
A lot of hosts are 1 or 2 versions behind, rather than using flagship versions.
I would get a new host tbh, unless they are retrofitting the patches there are issues and they could even use php safe_mode lol.
As a rule, we upgrade generally when new builds come out but I generally go over the changelogs before patching as well.
Php 5.3 runs faster then 2 generally and more and more php packages only support that build now. Php 5.4 is still a bit new and I know there are some compatibility issues currently so 5.3 is the best option currently.
Also php 5.2 is no longer supported:
They released 17 to fix a huge hole (which your not patched against)
I can understand that maybe not 5.4 but surly 5.3! I have joomla installed and plugins are now moving to not working with 5.2 akeeba backup being one of them, also the phpmail function is not working since the upgrade to 2.5.7. Just to test this I took a backup and installed it on my personal host which uses 5.3.3 and the phpmail function works.