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Bug #38963 tempnam bypasses open_basedir
Submitted: 2006-09-26 15:19 UTC Modified: 2006-09-27 23:45 UTC
From: manuel at mausz dot at Assigned: iliaa
Status: Closed Package: Filesystem function related
PHP Version: 4.4.4 OS: Linux/Gentoo
Private report: No CVE-ID:
 [2006-09-26 15:19 UTC] manuel at mausz dot at
tempnam bypasses open_basedir if dir = false

Reproduce code:
<?php $tempfile = tempnam(false, "phptest"); ?>

Expected result:
Warning: tempnam() [function.tempnam]: open_basedir restriction in effect. File(/tmp) is not within the allowed path(s): (...) in

Actual result:
# ls /tmp/phptest*


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 [2006-09-26 15:30 UTC]
Please try using this CVS snapshot:
For Windows:

Cannot reproduce:

# ./sapi/cli/php -r 'var_dump(tempnam(false, "temp"));'

Warning: tempnam(): open_basedir restriction in effect. File() is not within the allowed path(s): (/www) in Command line code on line 1

 [2006-09-26 15:58 UTC] manuel at mausz dot at
Please try using mod_php. Using the client also don't work for me.

Oh and just to be sure:
- tried with safe_mode on + off
- open_basedir does _not_ include /tmp ;)
 [2006-09-26 16:03 UTC]
Make sure your phpinfo() display the expected value of open_basedir. Turn on display_errors etc.
It doesn't depend on the server API in any way.
 [2006-09-26 18:45 UTC] manuel at mausz dot at
Ok, here is the detailed problem:

If tempnam() will be called with an empty string, expand_filepath() (called from php_check_specific_open_basedir()) will expand this string to cwd. The cwd is most probably in open_basedir, so php_check_specific_open_basedir succeeds.
tempnam() will then call php_open_temporary_file() which includes an fallback to php_get_temporary_directory(). 

In most apache setups, php is not able to write to the cwd (cause of safe_mode), so php_open_temporary_file() will fallback. This is not the case when using client, so php -d open_basedir=`pwd` -r 'var_dump(tempnam(false, "temp"));'
 [2006-09-27 23:45 UTC]
This bug has been fixed in CVS.

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