Building Imagick PHP extension for CentOS/RHEL 7 fails with error `C preprocessor “/lib/cpp” fails sanity check` and how to fix it

So I recently stumbled upon a problem with building Imagick PHP extension on CentOS/RHEL 7 and it drove me a little bit mad co’z I can’t seem to find the fix only to realize that the solution was actually so easy.

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Installing PHP XSL extension on CentOS 7

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So you just finished installing php and then tried deploying your app, but then you are greeted with something like:

. . . the requested PHP extension xsl is missing from your system. . .

or
. . . requires PHP XSLT extension. Please enable it first then. . .

Don’t despair because installing and enabling this extension on CentOS 7 is a piece of cake!

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GHOST Vulnerability: CVE-2015-0235

 

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Background Information:

Last January 27, 2015, cloud security provider Qualys announced a vulnerability in all versions of the GNU C library (glibc).

 

Details:

According to RedHat’s CVE Database:

A heap-based buffer overflow was found in glibc's __nss_hostname_digits_dots() function, which is used by the gethostbyname() and gethostbyname2() glibc function calls. A remote attacker able to make an application call either of these functions could use this flaw to execute arbitrary code with the permissions of the user running the application.

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Warning! Daemon Tools Lite (Free Version)

daemonThis might sadden some of you guys who are a solid fan of Daemon Tools Lite.
Most specially the free version.

Recent installations reported that the free version installs a spyware called bi_dowbloader.exe.
What it does is hijack browsers toward ad pages and phone home your data. More