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Bug #44619 XMLWriter doesn't escape CDATA
Submitted: 2008-04-02 20:12 UTC Modified: 2008-04-02 21:21 UTC
From: evert at rooftopsolutions dot nl Assigned:
Status: Not a bug Package: XML Writer
PHP Version: 5.2.5 OS: Debian
Private report: No CVE-ID: None
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 [2008-04-02 20:12 UTC] evert at rooftopsolutions dot nl
XMLWriter does not escape ]]> in the writeCDATA method

Reproduce code:

    $xml = new XMLWriter();
    echo $xml->outputMemory();


Expected result:
<?xml version="1.0"?>

Actual result:
<?xml version="1.0"?>


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 [2008-04-02 21:05 UTC]
Thank you for taking the time to write to us, but this is not
a bug. Please double-check the documentation available at and the instructions on how to report
a bug at

no escaping is supposed to be performed. It is up to you to make sure 
that the data is acceptable there.
 [2008-04-02 21:09 UTC] evert at rooftopsolutions dot nl
Should this be a documentation bug then? Nested CDATA tags are never allowed..

See also wikipedia, which actually recommends a similar approach:
 [2008-04-02 21:21 UTC]
There are a lot of things that will break XML if put into CDATA 
sections. In most cases, data should be encoded and CDATA sections not 
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