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Bug #21487 gethostbyname can resolve not existing hosts under Windows
Submitted: 2003-01-07 06:32 UTC Modified: 2003-01-27 22:33 UTC
Votes:1
Avg. Score:4.0 ± 0.0
Reproduced:1 of 1 (100.0%)
Same Version:0 (0.0%)
Same OS:1 (100.0%)
From: corinl at gmx dot de Assigned:
Status: No Feedback Package: Network related
PHP Version: 4.3.0 OS: Windows
Private report: No CVE-ID: None
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 [2003-01-07 06:32 UTC] corinl at gmx dot de
Hi,

try this:
echo(gethostbyname("gmx.de5"))
output is: 62.75.134.200

in fact, this domain doesn't exist, only gmx.de exists. 
('host gmx.de5' on the server reports an error)
this behavior is bad when for example using getbyhostname to validate an email address, because an email send to someone@gmx.de5 would surely not arrive...

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 [2003-01-07 06:51 UTC] nicos@php.net
Just a note, I can not reproduce the problem under Linux/Unix.
 [2003-01-07 06:56 UTC] nicos@php.net
With the following script:

<?php
$db = gethostbyname("gmx.de5");
var_dump($db);
$db = gethostbyname("gmx.de");
var_dump($db);
?>

Edin can't reproduce the problem under windows.

Can you please try that script? You're saying that host gmx.de5 on the server reports an error but you're under windows and windows doesn't have 'host'... Are you sure your DNS is working fine? I'm getting 213.165.65.100 from gmx.de and not 62.75.134.200...

gethostbyname() is also supposed to return the hostname on failure. At least thats what we (Edin and me) are getting under Windows and Linux/Unix.

Thank you for your report.

 [2003-01-07 09:48 UTC] pollita@php.net
It's possible that your DNS is setup with a search domain that has a wildcard.  I'd like you to try two things:

1) gethostbyname("gms.de5.");  <--- does that return an IP address as well? (Note the trailing dot)

2) Check your TCP/IP Properties | Advanced Settings | DNS Tab | describe every single piece of information on this property sheet, give detail.

Interrestingly there doesn't seem to be a revese lookup for 62.75.134.200...
 [2003-01-27 22:33 UTC] sniper@php.net
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we assume that you are no longer experiencing the problem.
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change the status of the bug back to "Open". Thank you.


 [2005-12-09 22:09 UTC] phpbugs at thequod dot de
I've just seen the same problem on PHP 4.3.10/win32: 
 
<?php 
  $db = gethostbyname("gmx.de"); 
  var_dump($db); 
  $db = gethostbyname("gmx.de5"); 
  var_dump($db); 
  $db = gethostbyname("gmx.de5."); 
  var_dump($db); 
?> 
 
returns 
 
string(14) "213.165.64.215" 
string(12) "216.82.79.97" 
string(12) "216.82.79.97" 
 
I'm not the server admin, just troubleshooting it 
remotely.
 [2005-12-09 22:15 UTC] phpbugs at thequod dot de
<?php 
echo 'PHP '.phpversion()."\n"; 
$sdip = gethostbyname("slashdot.org"); 
$sddomain = gethostbyaddr($sdip); 
print "IP: $sdip\n"; 
print "Domain: $sddomain\n"; 
 
echo gethostbyname('totallyfake456jh47r.com')."\n"; 
echo gethostbyname('2.0.0.127.list.dsbl.org')."\n"; 
echo gethostbyname('972.79.82.216.list.dsbl.org')."\n"; 
echo gethostbyname('150.250.35.66.list.dsbl.org')."\n"; 
?> 
 
returns: 
 
PHP 4.3.10 
IP: 66.35.250.150 
Domain: slashdot.org 
totallyfake456jh47r.com 
127.0.0.2 
216.82.79.97 
216.82.79.97 
 
All looks fine, exept the last two lines! It returns the 
server's IP address (216.82.79.97) when an entry is not 
listed in dsbl.org.
 [2005-12-09 22:23 UTC] phpbugs at thequod dot de
Using nslookup on the host.. 
 
Is this a DNS issue then? Or should PHP catch this as 
"non-existing"? 
 
I've executed 
<?php 
echo `nslookup 150.250.35.66.list.dsbl.org`; 
?> 
and it outputs: 
Name:    150.250.35.66.list.dsbl.org.happilyhosted.com 
Address:  216.82.79.97
 
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