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Bug #47530 Importing objects into document fragments creates bogus "default" namespace
Submitted: 2009-02-28 14:48 UTC Modified: 2023-06-15 19:59 UTC
Avg. Score:4.3 ± 1.0
Reproduced:16 of 17 (94.1%)
Same Version:6 (37.5%)
Same OS:5 (31.2%)
From: sgunderson at bigfoot dot com Assigned: nielsdos (profile)
Status: Closed Package: DOM XML related
PHP Version: 5.2.9 OS: Debian
Private report: No CVE-ID: None
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 [2009-02-28 14:48 UTC] sgunderson at bigfoot dot com

When I import a DOM node via a document fragment, suddenly a "default" namespace comes out of nowhere (and it's really hard to remove, short of making my own cloneNode() simulation stripping it).

IIRC PHP4 got this right (although it had lots of other issues), and all other languages I've tested in (Perl, Python, Ruby) do as well. Note that the code below doesn't strictly need importNode(), but I cannot really do with cloneNode() in the real code (it's vastly simplified).

Note: On the surface, this appears to be the same bug as #46185, but I tested 5.3 CVS (as of 2009-02-28) and it's still there.

Reproduce code:

$doc = new DOMDocument;
$doc->loadXML('<html xmlns="something" xmlns:ns="whatever"><element ns:foo="bar" /></html>');
$root = $doc->documentElement;
$elem = $root->firstChild;
$frag = $doc->createDocumentFragment();
print $doc->saveXML();


Expected result:
<?xml version="1.0"?>
<html xmlns="something" xmlns:ns="whatever"><element ns:foo="bar"/></html>

Actual result:
<?xml version="1.0"?>
<html xmlns="something" xmlns:ns="whatever"><default:element xmlns:default="something" xmlns:ns="whatever" ns:foo="bar"/></html>


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 [2010-06-20 21:31 UTC]
-Status: Open +Status: Assigned -Assigned To: +Assigned To: rrichards
 [2011-01-12 08:34 UTC] mplomer at gmx dot de
This does not only affect DocumentFragments. I had this problem with a simple importNode() when having multiple default namespaces. Here is a simplified XML sample:

Reproduce code:

$xml = '<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<feed xmlns="">
    <div xmlns="">

$dom = new DOMDocument();

$dom2 = new DOMDocument();
$importedNode = $dom2->importNode($dom->documentElement, true);

echo $dom2->saveXML();


Actual result:
<?xml version="1.0"?>
<feed xmlns="" xmlns:default="">
    <default:div xmlns="">
 [2013-12-03 07:45 UTC]
-Status: Assigned +Status: Analyzed
 [2013-12-03 07:45 UTC]
libxml2 issue.

See also bug #55294
 [2017-10-24 05:14 UTC]
-Status: Analyzed +Status: Assigned
 [2017-10-24 06:15 UTC]
-Status: Assigned +Status: Open -Assigned To: rrichards +Assigned To:
 [2023-06-15 19:59 UTC]
-Status: Open +Status: Closed -Assigned To: +Assigned To: nielsdos
 [2023-06-15 19:59 UTC]
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