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Bug #20212 Content of form array variables will be cutted by the first 4 characters
Submitted: 2002-11-01 06:23 UTC Modified: 2002-11-01 06:28 UTC
From: chr at abelard dot de Assigned:
Status: Closed Package: HTTP related
PHP Version: 4.2.3 OS: SuSE Linux 8.0
Private report: No CVE-ID: None
 [2002-11-01 06:23 UTC] chr at abelard dot de
PHP 4.2.3 will cut the first 4 characters from content of form variables,
if they are array's.  This does not occur in PHP versions 4.1.1 and
The following 2 files demonstrate the bug. First the HTML form:

++++++++++++++++ Begin ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
  <title>Demonstrate error in form handling by PHP 4.2.3</title>
<body bgcolor=white>
<form action="" method="post">
<!-- try the following URLs for "action" to see correctly working older systems:
  [PHP 4.1.1]
  [PHP 4.1.2]
  <input type='checkbox' name='selectCourse[]' value='KURS_' checked="1">KURS_ <BR>
  <input type='checkbox' name='selectCourse[]' value='ABCD_KURS_0_1'>ABCD_KURS_0_1 <BR>
  <input type="submit" name="submit" value="Ok" >
--------------- End ------------------------------

Second, the processing PHP file:

+++++++++++++++++ Begin ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
<head><title>POST-Array test</title></head>
<h1>POST-Array test</h1>
echo 'selectCourse[0]='.$_POST['selectCourse'][0]."<br>\n";
echo 'selectCourse[1]='.$_POST['selectCourse'][1];
---------------- End --------------------------------

If submitted by only clicking the OK-button, this should output

but in fact it does this on older versions of PHP only.
PHP 4.2.3 does output instead:


loosing the first 4 characters from variable content.

This occurs _only_ on array-like variables as above, normal variables
were submitted correctly.

Now the usual system information:
You can obtain the full configuration by calling

The configure line here again:

+++++++++++++++++++++++++ Begin ++++++++++++++++++++++++++
'./configure' '--prefix=/usr/share' '--datadir=/usr/share/php' '--bindir=/usr/bin' '--libdir=/usr/share' '--libdir=/usr/local/lib' '--includedir=/usr/include'  '--includedir=/usr/local/include' '--with-config-file-path=/etc'  '--with-exec-dir=/usr/lib/php/bin' '--disable-debug' '--enable-bcmath' '--enable-calendar'
 '--enable-ctype' '--enable-dbase' '--enable-discard-path' '--enable-exif'  '--enable-force-cgi-redirect' '--enable-ftp' '--enable-inline-optimization' '--enable-magic-quotes' '--enable-mbstr-enc-trans' '--enable-mbstring' '--enable-memory-limit'  '--enable-safe-mode' '--enable-shmop' '--enable-sigchild'   '--enable-sysvsem' '--enable-sysvshm' '--enable-trans-sid' '--enable-versioning' '--with-bz2' '--with-dom=/usr/local/include/libxml2' '--with-ftp' '--with-gettext'
'--with-imap=yes' '--with-jpeg-dir=/usr' '--with-mysql=/usr' '--with-png-dir=/usr' '--with-xml' '--with-zlib=yes' '--enable-xslt' '--with-xslt-sablot' '--with-mm'  '--with-apxs=/usr/sbin/apxs' '--with-pcre-regex' '--without-pgsql' '--with-imap-ssl'
----------------------- End -----------------------

I have compiled PHP by getting php-4.2.3.tar.bz2 from
The md5 sum is OK.
For APACHE I used the source RPM included in SuSE 8.0, that means
version "1.3.23".


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