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Bug #36734 fileopen through header
Submitted: 2006-03-14 11:10 UTC Modified: 2006-03-14 16:33 UTC
From: tgal at rdslink dot ro Assigned:
Status: Not a bug Package: HTTP related
PHP Version: 4.4.2 OS: WindowsXP
Private report: No CVE-ID: None
 [2006-03-14 11:10 UTC] tgal at rdslink dot ro
Under php-4.3.10 this method works just fine. But with php-4.4.1 and php-4.4.2 the application crashes(mostly MS Word, because I try to open rtf documents and this is the default application).
The script uses header function to get the document from server.

Reproduce code:
to get the file:
<a href="fileopen.php?folder=subfolder&filename=file.rtf">file.rtf</a>

	if(!isset($_GET["folder"])) $_GET["folder"]=NULL;
	if(!isset($_GET["subfolder"])) $_GET["subfolder"]=NULL;
	if(!isset($_GET["id"])) $_GET["id"]=NULL;
	if(!isset($_GET["filename"])) $_GET["filename"]=NULL;
	case "pdf": $ctype="application/pdf"; break;
	case "exe": $ctype="application/octet-stream"; break;
	case "zip": $ctype="application/zip"; break;
	case "doc": $ctype="application/msword"; break;
	case "csv":
	case "xls": $ctype="application/"; break;
	case "ppt": $ctype="application/"; break;
	case "gif": $ctype="image/gif"; break;
	case "png": $ctype="image/png"; break;
	case "jpeg":
	case "jpg": $ctype="image/jpg"; break;
	case "mp3": $ctype="audio/mpeg"; break;
	case "wav": $ctype="audio/x-wav"; break;
	case "mpeg":
	case "mpg":
	case "mpe": $ctype="video/mpeg"; break;
	case "mov": $ctype="video/quicktime"; break;
	case "avi": $ctype="video/x-msvideo"; break;

	//The following are for extensions that shouldn't be downloaded (sensitive stuff, like php files)
	case "php":
	case "htm":
	case "html":
	case "txt": die("<b>Cannot be used for ". $file_extension ." files!</b>"); break;

	default: $ctype="application/force-download";
// send the right headers
	header("Pragma: no-cache");
	header("Expires: 0");
	header("Cache-Control: no-store, no-cache, must-revalidate, post-check=0, pre-check=0");
	header("Content-Description: File Transfer");
	header("Content-Type: $ctype");
	header('Content-Disposition: attachment; filename="'.$_GET["filename"].'";');
	header("Content-Transfer-Encoding: binary");
	header("Content-Length: ".filesize($name));
// dump the picture and stop the script

Expected result:
The file should be opened with the default application.

Actual result:
Default application crashes.


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 [2006-03-14 11:14 UTC]
Sorry, but your problem does not imply a bug in PHP itself.  For a
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visit as this bug system is not the
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of reports we can not explain in detail here why your report is not
a bug.  The support channels will be able to provide an explanation
for you.

Thank you for your interest in PHP.

 [2006-03-14 16:33 UTC] tgal at rdslink dot ro
I think, this is a bug. But not the header() functions, it is a bug of readfile() function.I tested it over and over, no error is reported, not even the die() stops it, after that I've changed the readfile() with ` echo file_get_contents() ` and works just perfectly. I tried to compare the to results and they don't match, readfile() doesn't get all the data and get's it wrong too.
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