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Bug #43808 date_create never fails (even when it should)
Submitted: 2008-01-10 18:30 UTC Modified: 2008-01-18 11:58 UTC
From: martin dot contento at gmail dot com Assigned: derick
Status: Closed Package: Date/time related
PHP Version: 5.2.5 OS: linux
Private report: No CVE-ID:
 [2008-01-10 18:30 UTC] martin dot contento at gmail dot com
As "karsten" already mentioned ( date_create() never returns FALSE like it is supposed to, even when it is handed complete garbage. It seems to be something like "if the string starts with a letter, treat it as a timezone -> this is not a timezone *dies*)

also, this bug might be related:

Reproduce code:

$date = date_create('asdfasdf');

if ($date instanceof DateTime {
  echo "this is wrong, should be bool";


Expected result:
nothing (i would expect date_create() to handle the error in the timezone function and return FALSE)

Actual result:
Warning: date_create(): Failed to parse time string (asdfasdf) at position 0 (a): The timezone could not be found in the database in /home/mcontento/datetimebug.php on line 3


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 [2008-01-17 20:35 UTC]
This bug has been fixed in CVS.

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 [2008-01-18 11:58 UTC] martin dot contento at gmail dot com
Verified to be fixed (in snapshot php5.3-200801180930 and anoncvs->php5).

Thank you very much :)
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