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Bug #25871 imagecreatetruecolor uses memory excessively
Submitted: 2003-10-14 15:27 UTC Modified: 2003-10-14 19:49 UTC
From: bb at ii dot nl Assigned:
Status: Not a bug Package: GD related
PHP Version: 4.3.3 OS: RedHat Linux
Private report: No CVE-ID: None
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 [2003-10-14 15:27 UTC] bb at ii dot nl
ImageCreateTrueColor crashes PHP if I allocate an image over ~4000000 pixels in size.

I use PHP 4.3.3 with GD version: bundled (2.0.15 compatible)

Memory_limit is set to 26214400

Reproduce code:
$im = imagecreatetruecolor(1500,4000);

Actual result:
PHP crashes


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 [2003-10-14 17:33 UTC]
Thank you for taking the time to write to us, but this is not
a bug. Please double-check the documentation available at and the instructions on how to report
a bug at

PHP crashes (probably just exists) due to reaching the memory limit and being unable to allocate additional memory.
 [2003-10-14 19:41 UTC] bb at ii dot nl
I have read the documentation, but I could not find any reference to a maximum image size supported. The problem does indeed seem to be memory running out. When I increased the memory available to PHP to 50mb, the large images no longer terminated the script.

I've changed the bug report to a 'performance problem', as I believe imagecreatetruecolor is somewhat wasteful with resources. The script terminates with a 1310x4000 image, about 5.3mpix in size, with a 25mb memory limit. Apparently imagecreatetruecolor takes almost twice the memory it should.

Sorry about not investigating the memory thing sooner, before submitting. I should've thought of that myself.
 [2003-10-14 19:49 UTC]
That's GD problem, not PHP. Report it to the GD author.

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