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Bug #21416 Session variables timeout prematurely
Submitted: 2003-01-04 14:44 UTC Modified: 2003-07-04 02:09 UTC
Avg. Score:4.2 ± 1.6
Reproduced:3 of 3 (100.0%)
Same Version:1 (33.3%)
Same OS:3 (100.0%)
From: maladil at everestkc dot net Assigned:
Status: No Feedback Package: Session related
PHP Version: 4.2.1 OS: Redhat 7.3
Private report: No CVE-ID: None
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 [2003-01-04 14:44 UTC] maladil at everestkc dot net
I am having problems getting simple $_SESSION[] variable to go from one page to the next.  I have created an extremely stripped down version of the rest of my code and it can be reached at

our php and server settings are here....

Simply put, one.php sets a session variable.  two.php and three.php simply check to see if that session variable is set.  If you go from one.php to two.php and wait for 60 seconds then the session variable is no longer present, but the session id is still intact.  This happens on IE and Netscape.  

I have included my code below for the first 2 pages...........................

<html><head><title>Session Test page 1</title></head>
<h1>You are at page 1</h1>
<a href="two.php">Page 2</a><br>
<a href="three.php">Page 3</a>
<br>Session variable person is 
<?php echo $_SESSION['person']; ?>
<br>Session ID = <?php echo session_id(); ?>


<?php session_start(); ?>
<html><head><title>Session Test page 2</title></head><body>
<h1>You are at page 2</h1><br>
<a href="one.php">Page 1</a><br>
<a href="three.php">Page 3</a><br>
<a href="four.php">Page 4, briefly</a>
<br>Session variable person is 
<?php echo $_SESSION['person']; ?>
<br>Session ID = <?php echo session_id(); ?>



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 [2003-01-04 14:50 UTC]
Please try using this CVS snapshot:
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 [2003-01-04 14:54 UTC] maladil at everstkc dot net
I suggest copying the link into your browser to check this out.  I clicked on the link from the ticket and the $_SESSION variable won't appear on any page but one.php, however if you copy the link into the browser then you can still see the variable for about 45 seconds until it seems to time out.
 [2003-01-04 15:00 UTC] maladil at everstkc dot net
I am not able to upgrade to a newer version of php.  I have contacted our host to do so, but they are not going to for some reason.
 [2003-01-04 15:04 UTC]
Well I can verify your bug but it has probably been fixed in PHP4.3.0. So you should really ask your host to really do it.

Thank you.
 [2003-01-04 15:34 UTC] maladil at everestkc dot net
my email address was wrong, sorry.

I have tried to persuade my host, but they will not budge, so what can I do in the mean time as a work around?
 [2003-07-04 02:09 UTC]
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