After four release candidates, we finally have a stable PHP 5.3.1 release. For those already running PHP 5.3.0, there’s not much that is different, but there are some improvements. For others, it means there will probably be PHP 5.3 support in cPanel/WHM via EasyApache very soon.
In PHP 5.3.1, the max_file_uploads directive was introduced into php.ini to help prevent DOS (denial of service) attacks via file exhaustion. max_file_uploads is set at 20 by default. There were also several other security issues patches, and many bugs fixed in this release. Links containing additional details are below: