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Request #42396 Followup to #36711: __halt_compiler() and unicode detection
Submitted: 2007-08-23 12:16 UTC Modified: 2010-11-24 07:09 UTC
Avg. Score:5.0 ± 0.0
Reproduced:2 of 2 (100.0%)
Same Version:1 (50.0%)
Same OS:0 (0.0%)
From: francois at tekwire dot net Assigned: hirokawa (profile)
Status: Closed Package: *General Issues
PHP Version: 5.2.3 OS: all
Private report: No CVE-ID: None
 [2007-08-23 12:16 UTC] francois at tekwire dot net
Reopening bug #36711 because it is NOT a documentation problem. Setting 'detect_unicode=Off' is NOT a solution, just a workaround.

In practice, because of this bug, PHK or PHAR packages cannot run on zend-multibyte-enabled environments, unless detect_unicode is turned off. Which makes them unusable in environments running unicode-encoded scripts. As a side effect, it also makes it impossible to include an unicode-encoded script inside a PHAR/PHK package, as it cannot be run.

There is no logical reason to bind the __halt_compiler() feature with the zend-multibyte unicode detection capability. Everything after an __halt_compiler() directive must be considered as binary data and should not be scanned for unicode detection. If this data contains a unicode script, it will be scanned and detected when include()d through the stream wrapper.

My (humble) suggestions to fix the problem:

In zend_multibyte_detect_unicode(), the BOM detection does not have to be modified but, then, the script is scanned for null bytes :

return zend_multibyte_detect_utf_encoding(LANG_SCNG(script_org), LANG_SCNG(script_org_size) TSRMLS_CC);

There, the size should not be LANG_SCNG(script_org_size), but the offset of the __halt_compiler() directive. But I don't know where to find the COMPILER_HALT_OFFSET constant for the script. I even suspect it not to be available at this time...

Another way, if the previous one is not possible, would be to scan for a binary string that cannot correspond to any unicode encoding. This way, PHK and PHAR could insert this string after ther __halt_compiler() directive, and it could be detected by zend_multibyte_detect_utf_encoding() as a stop string. I am ready to implement it if somebody provides a sequence of bytes that cannot be found in any unicode-encoded document.

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echo "OK\n";

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 [2007-08-23 14:08 UTC]
Reclassified: There is no unicode in PHP 5. Just mbstring.
 [2007-08-23 16:24 UTC] francois at tekwire dot net
Not sure it should be reclassified as mbstring related, as the bug is in Zend/zend_multibyte.c and has nothing to do with mbstring.

PHP5 has a little unicode part in the engine. It even has an (undocumented) 'detect_unicode' option.
 [2007-08-24 10:29 UTC]
The same folks who maintain mbstring have added that support so it's not so wrong choice. Reclassified though. And assigned to the maintainer.
 [2007-08-24 10:30 UTC]
Patch posted to internals:

 [2007-08-27 08:38 UTC]
IMHO, #42396 is not a bug, but it is the specification.
The normal script doesn't contain a null byte if it is not encoded in Unicode.

It is understandable the addition of a unique byte seqence
'0xFFFFFFFF' detection to support PHAR/PHK, 
but it is a change to add a new feature.


 [2010-06-25 10:11 UTC] phofstetter at sensational dot ch
somehow, recently, the default value of detect_unicode seems to have changed. 

With detect_unicode enabled, it's impossible to run any PHAR-file - neither 
through the CLI or through the web server. IMHO, this should really be looked 
 [2010-11-18 09:50 UTC]
-Package: Feature/Change Request +Package: *General Issues
 [2010-11-18 09:50 UTC]
This bug describes more accurately the problem I attempted to solve with the patch for bug #53199.
 [2010-11-24 07:09 UTC]
-Status: Assigned +Status: Closed
 [2010-11-24 07:09 UTC]
This bug has been fixed in SVN.

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Thank you for the report, and for helping us make PHP better.

 [2010-11-24 07:09 UTC]
It's fixed only in trunk.
 [2010-11-30 06:36 UTC] php at group dot apple dot com
Please see the related bug:

The original patch contained a flaw.
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