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Bug #23893 setcookie fails if $_GET value is empty
Submitted: 2003-05-30 05:05 UTC Modified: 2003-06-09 08:43 UTC
From: info at splendense dot nl Assigned:
Status: No Feedback Package: CGI/CLI related
PHP Version: 4.3.2 OS: sunOS
Private report: No CVE-ID: None
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 [2003-05-30 05:05 UTC] info at splendense dot nl
I'm running php as CGI API and register globals and i'm trying the following script:


$something = $_GET["something"];

$value = "this is a value";
if (!setcookie ("TestCookie", $value)) {
	print ("cookie NOT set!");
} else {
	print ("cookie set!");


with the following outputs:

outputs: 'cookie set!'

outputs: 'cookie NOT set!'

outputs: 'cookie set!'

outputs: 'cookie NOT set!'

so if I try to read a variable (can be GET/COOKIE/POST/...) and it is not explicitly specified, even if it's empty, cookies can't be set anymore.

I think it has to do with being a CGI API, because on another server where it's installed as apache API I don't have this problem.

can anyone verify this?


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 [2003-06-03 02:38 UTC]
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unable to repro on apache/cgi/win32 with 4.2.3, 4.3.2 or CVS.

Perhaps you should consider (warnings were breaking setting the cookie for me):


if (isset($_GET["something"]))
	$something = $_GET["something"];

$value = "this is a value";
if (!setcookie ("TestCookie", $value)) {
	print ("cookie NOT set!");
} else {
	print ("cookie set!");


Otherwise, you need to provide more details on configuration of your system.

 [2003-06-09 08:43 UTC]
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