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Bug #37096 referencing bug with return value for stream_seek
Submitted: 2006-04-16 02:29 UTC Modified: 2011-08-30 11:46 UTC
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Status: Not a bug Package: Streams related
PHP Version: 5CVS-2006-04-16 (CVS) OS: *
Private report: No CVE-ID: None
 [2006-04-16 02:29 UTC]
When using user-space streams via stream_wrapper_register(),
if you return the value of a property of the object from stream_seek(), it gets mangled.

Sounds like a problem with the way that the retval from call_user_function_ex() is disposed.

The workaround is to create a temporary value using a trick like this:

function stream_seek($offset, $whence) {
   $retval = $this->pos + 0;
   return $retval;

presumably the rest of the user wrapper code has the same flaw.

Reproduce code:
Abbreviated example; my actual test case is too large.
Valgrind does not indicate any memory errors, so the problem  is likely logical rather than sloppy memory handling.

class MyStream {
  var $this->pos = 0;
  function stream_tell() {
    return $this->pos;

  function stream_seek($offset, $whence) {
    return $this->pos;

Actual result:
Problem manifested for me by converting $this->pos to bool(true), which was then interpreted by the user space wrapper as an invalid return value from stream_tell(), which simply returns $this->pos.


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 [2006-07-26 09:21 UTC] tendencies at free dot fr
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 [2006-09-08 21:04 UTC]
Thank you for this bug report. To properly diagnose the problem, we
need a short but complete example script to be able to reproduce
this bug ourselves. 

A proper reproducing script starts with <?php and ends with ?>,
is max. 10-20 lines long and does not require any external 
resources such as databases, etc. If the script requires a 
database to demonstrate the issue, please make sure it creates 
all necessary tables, stored procedures etc.

Please avoid embedding huge scripts into the report.

 [2006-09-16 01:00 UTC] php-bugs at lists dot php dot net
No feedback was provided for this bug for over a week, so it is
being suspended automatically. If you are able to provide the
information that was originally requested, please do so and change
the status of the bug back to "Open".
 [2010-06-13 14:51 UTC]
-Status: No Feedback +Status: Open
 [2011-08-30 11:46 UTC]
-Status: Open +Status: Bogus
 [2011-08-30 11:46 UTC]
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