I have an Apache web server running Apache 2.2.12 with PHP 5.3.0 + PEAR that was installed from the XAMPP Lite (Basis Package) version 1.7.2 by a hired gun. Recently my system admin informed me that this version of PHP has some security weaknesses and advised I should upgrade the PHP to a more secure version. Since the person who installed this server is long gone, I need to do this upgrade myself and am hoping I can manage that with advice from those here who know Apache and PHP. So far, it seems likely that one can upgrade the PHP independently, but I don't want to lose the web server as a result of this upgrade and hope someone here could guide me as to the steps to follow. If this is an unreasonable request, perhaps someone out there could give me a link where I could self-educate to the point where I could figure out the steps myself? All help is most appreciated.