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Bug #26927 preg_quote and/or preg_match disrespect embedded null chars in strings
Submitted: 2004-01-15 19:45 UTC Modified: 2004-01-15 21:29 UTC
From: ikindred at cox dot net Assigned:
Status: Closed Package: PCRE related
PHP Version: 4.3.4 OS: FreeBSD 4.9
Private report: No CVE-ID: None
 [2004-01-15 19:45 UTC] ikindred at cox dot net
At first glance, either or both of the following are bugs:

1. preg_quote does not properly escape the null character (\000).

2. preg_match chokes on patterns containing unescaped null characters.

I personally want to think that preg_match should be able to handle patterns containing null characters.  However, according to Bug #16590, preg_match's behavior is a feature and not a bug - oh well.  (I also recognize that there may be legitimate performance reasons for disallowing null chars in patterns.)

I therefore claim that preg_quote is buggy should be fixed.  Please note that:

(a) preg_quote ("a\000b") returns "a\000b", so it is not like preg_quote is treating the \000 as an end-of-string character (which would result in "a" being returned).  preg_quote is just passing the \000 through without escaping it.

(b) As far as I can tell, there is no "preg_quote" function in the PCRE library (specifically, there is no function with "quote" as part of its name).  So, as far as I can tell, PHP cannot blame the PCRE for preg_quote's buggy behavior.

Many thanks!

Reproduce code:

$pattern = "/". preg_quote ("a\000b"). "/";
print "preg_match: ". preg_match ($pattern, "a\000b"). "\n";


Expected result:
preg_match: 1

Actual result:
Warning: No ending delimiter '/' found in /<path>/test.php on line 4


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