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Request #34882 Unable to access *original* posted variable name with dot in
Submitted: 2005-10-15 23:39 UTC Modified: 2017-10-24 06:03 UTC
Avg. Score:3.3 ± 1.3
Reproduced:6 of 6 (100.0%)
Same Version:2 (33.3%)
Same OS:1 (16.7%)
From: theo at crazygreek dot co dot uk Assigned:
Status: Open Package: *General Issues
PHP Version: 6CVS OS: Linux
Private report: No CVE-ID: None
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 [2005-10-15 23:39 UTC] theo at crazygreek dot co dot uk
PHP automagically converts the '.' char in POST/GET field names to '_'.  While i am fully aware as to why it does it, there is are a number arguments for being able to turn off this 'feature':

 (a) There is no way to change a field name 'animal.moo_cows'
     back to it's original form other than manually parsing
     the POST/GET data.

 (b) For those silly enough to be using register globals, 
     $moo.cows may not be a valid variable - but then 
     neither is $moo:cows, or $moo!cows, yet : and ! are not 
     converted into underscores. where is the logic in that?

Having a ini setting or some such to be able to turn off this rather messed up behaviour would be very useful.


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 [2005-10-15 23:54 UTC]
main/php_variables.c, line 106 
 [2005-10-16 01:21 UTC]
This should IMO not be any ini setting, but it would make sense not to touch variable names in cases where register_globals is disabled. We should get rid of register_globals altogether in PHP 6, and then we can change this behavior too.
 [2010-12-22 12:42 UTC]
-Package: Feature/Change Request +Package: *General Issues
 [2010-12-22 12:42 UTC]
making this a ini setting is incredible pain for writing portable applications. I wonder whether it makes sense to add the element two times to the $_GET / $_POST array - once in replaced and once in non-replaced form.But that might be confusing too. Maybe the best thing is to do the hard cut and break BC.
 [2015-10-06 20:40 UTC]
-Assigned To: +Assigned To: bishop
 [2015-10-06 20:41 UTC]
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 [2017-10-24 06:03 UTC]
-Status: Assigned +Status: Open -Assigned To: bishop +Assigned To:
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