I was actually asking why PHP is considered okay to run in shared environments from a security standpoint, not why people like to program it.
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in thread mod_perl and shared environments don't mix - do they?
Your facts about PHP and Perl's architectures are not correct. Both of them are written in C, both of them compile to bytecode before execution, and even with a bytecode cache like the Zend cache, Perl is still faster than PHP.
Perl is equally vulnerable to buffer overflows, being written in C as well. The reason you don't see many reports of these problems in Perl is that a lot of people spent a lot of time finding and fixing them. The core Perl 5 codebase has had many years to mature.