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Bug #33784 NUL allowed in file paths
Submitted: 2005-07-20 12:20 UTC Modified: 2005-07-20 12:24 UTC
From: pornel at despammed dot com Assigned:
Status: Not a bug Package: *Directory/Filesystem functions
PHP Version: 5CVS-2005-07-20 (dev) OS: All? Win32 tested
Private report: No CVE-ID: None
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 [2005-07-20 12:20 UTC] pornel at despammed dot com
NUL character (C string terminator) is allowed in file paths passed to OS functions, which causes unexpected truncation of string.

This is a security risk for popular, sloppy code like:
because ?page=/etc/passwd%00 circumvents such "protection".

IMHO PHP should throw an error if PHP string can't be safely converted to C string.

Reproduce code:

Expected result:
Error: illegal path

Actual result:
Warning: fopen(test) [function.fopen]: failed to open stream: No such file or directory in c:\www\test.php5 on line 2


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 [2005-07-20 12:24 UTC]
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