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Bug #33806 Access to protected functions from static function in base class
Submitted: 2005-07-21 15:25 UTC Modified: 2005-07-21 15:54 UTC
From: pascal dot parietti at fh-aargau dot ch Assigned:
Status: Not a bug Package: Class/Object related
PHP Version: 5.0.4 OS: Linux, 2.6.11
Private report: No CVE-ID: None
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 [2005-07-21 15:25 UTC] pascal dot parietti at fh-aargau dot ch
A static function in the base class (A) can execute a protected function in a derived class (B).

If the same function is called from outside of class A the PHP Fatal error occurs as excepted.

The error also occurs with the CVS Snapshot php5-STABLE-200507211237 compiled with ./configure && make

Reproduce code:
class A {
        public static function test()   {
                $a = new B();
                $a->test2(); # why does this work?
class B extends A {
        protected function test2()      {
                echo "B: test2 \n";


$b = new B();

# call a protected function -> PHP Fatal error as excepted:

Expected result:
PHP Fatal error:  Call to protected method B::test2() on line  5


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 [2005-07-21 15:32 UTC]
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 [2005-07-21 15:54 UTC] pascal dot parietti at fh-aargau dot ch
As in the manual is written:

'...Protected limits access to inherited classes (and to the class that defines the item)...' 

I assume that it is not possible to access this protected function from outside the class or inherited classes?
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