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Bug #28351 Arrays and string keya starting with "\x00" character.
Submitted: 2004-05-10 18:23 UTC Modified: 2004-12-15 04:54 UTC
From: risearch at risearch dot org Assigned:
Status: Not a bug Package: Arrays related
PHP Version: Irrelevant OS: FreeBSD
Private report: No CVE-ID: None
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 [2004-05-10 18:23 UTC] risearch at risearch dot org
I use PHP on WinXP and Linux box. Older versions had bug with array keys starting wuth "\x00" character. Now there is no such bug on my computers (WinXP/Apache/php-4.3.4-Win32 & php-4.3.6-Win32 or Linux/Apache 1.3.29/PHP 4.3.4), but some of the script's users complain that script works on Windows box but does not on server. So, I guess that some of the versions still have this bug (like MacOSX/Apache/PHP4.3.2 or BSD/Apache/PHP4.3.4, as reported by users). 

Reproduce code:
$key = "\x00\x00";
$arr[$key] = 1;
$key = "\x00\x44";
$arr[$key] = 2;
$key = "\x44\x44";
$arr[$key] = 3;

$fp = fopen("test","wb");
foreach ($arr as $k => $v) {
fwrite($fp,"'$k' => $v\n");

Expected result:
'\x00\x00' => 1
'\x00D' => 2
'DD' => 3

/* instead of "\x00" zero-character should be written to file */

Actual result:
'' => 1
'' => 2
'DD' => 3


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 [2004-05-10 18:29 UTC]
What exactly is the bug?
In the arrays or in the contents of the file?
How are you testing it?
(you need to be more specific if you want someone else to be able to reproduce it)
 [2004-05-10 18:38 UTC] risearch at risearch dot org
The bug is in arrays. When you iterate through whole array some of the keys (which has "\x00" as first character) returned by

foreach ($arr as $k => $v)

are incorrect. Empty string is returned in $k.
 [2004-05-10 18:57 UTC]
On the server where you encounter the problem, run this script and paste the output here:

echo phpversion() . "\n";
foreach(array("\x00D" => 1) as $k => $v) {
    echo bin2hex($k);
echo "done\n";

 [2004-05-10 21:55 UTC] risearch at risearch dot org
The output is


Server info: FreeBSD 4.9-STABLE #0: Thu Jan i386 
I don't know more details because it is not my server.
 [2004-12-15 04:54 UTC]
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