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Bug #25333 symptom: mail() stripped chars from base64 data block
Submitted: 2003-08-31 16:45 UTC Modified: 2003-09-08 18:36 UTC
Avg. Score:5.0 ± 0.0
Reproduced:10 of 10 (100.0%)
Same Version:9 (90.0%)
Same OS:10 (100.0%)
From: ap at d-dt dot de Assigned:
Status: Closed Package: Mail related
PHP Version: 4.3.4-dev, 5.0.0b2-dev OS: win32 only
Private report: No CVE-ID:
 [2003-08-31 16:45 UTC] ap at d-dt dot de
As of PHP 4.3.3 (Win) my mail class sends e-mails, which single stripped characters. The same code worked with 4.3.2 (Win)

Used mailserver is Sendmail 8.12.6 on separate FreeBSD 5.1

Sending the message head and -body to stdout or apache produces a correct Output, only the incoming results differs from the expected.

Reproduce code:
mail ($addressee, 'Subj: '.phpversion(), chunk_split(base64_encode(file_get_contents('Images/'))), $mime->head());

where $mime->head() are the MIME Headers. Two variants tested: using CRLF and singe LF ("\r\n", "\n")

Expected result:
Incoming mail by 4.3.3 (incorrect, missing char in line 2: sequence is .."Z8B5".., should by .."Z8HB5".. )...

Incoming mail by 4.3.2



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 [2003-09-01 17:47 UTC]
For me (and like said in bug #25346) PHP crashed while I tried to reproduce this.

 [2003-09-02 09:37 UTC]
See also bug #25357
 [2003-09-02 10:54 UTC] ap at d-dt dot de
Yes, sometimes it also crashed with my code when I'd used
it via the command-line (php.exe, the cli-Version does not
always produces the crash), but it worked with php_mod.

I think it depends whether I have a null-messagebody or
null-Subject. (There were some situations where it crashes
and the "null-situation" was at least one of them)
 [2003-09-08 18:36 UTC]
This bug has been fixed in CVS.

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Thank you for the report, and for helping us make PHP better.

 [2003-11-20 20:29 UTC] jdpohl at comcast dot net
php 4.3.2 (ISP=ImageLinkUSA) RedHat Linux

$f = file_get_contents($pdf_file);
$e = chunk_split(base64_encode($f));
$d = base64_decode($e);
$c = strcmp($f,$d);

$c is 1
Shouldn't the strings $f and $d be equal?

This appears to be the root of a problem with php 4.3.2 file attachments sent to outlook xp.
 [2004-05-28 20:15 UTC] ahs5sp at aol dot com
It appears in the window environment server 2003 IIS, that version 4.3.3 of PHP deletes every 1024 character from the outgoing email.

We are testing version 4.3.6 to confirm that it is fixed in this version.
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