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Bug #51795 Loose comparison too loose
Submitted: 2010-05-11 16:25 UTC Modified: 2010-05-12 01:27 UTC
From: slevinski at gmail dot com Assigned:
Status: Not a bug Package: Strings related
PHP Version: 5.2.13 OS: Ubuntu
Private report: No CVE-ID: None
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 [2010-05-11 16:25 UTC] slevinski at gmail dot com
if ("0080" == "80e0") echo "Smoking crack!";

I created a double octet coded character set.  I'm using 4 hex to represent each character.  I'm using a switch statement to get a token based on the value.  The string "80e0" is incorrectly setting off the case "0080" statement.

The strict comparison of === works as expected, but the switch uses a loose comparison.  

Test script:
if ("0080" == "80e0") {
  echo "Too loose";
} else {
  echo "Just right";

Expected result:
Just right

Actual result:
Too loose


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 [2010-05-11 22:18 UTC]
-Status: Open +Status: Bogus
 [2010-05-11 22:18 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

"0080" turns into an 80 and is stored as an int. "80e0" turns into 80 x 10^0 which is also 80 but is stored as a float. 80(int) == 80(float). 80(int) !== 80(float). I didn't understand the rest of what you wrote but might be of some use. 

 [2010-05-12 01:27 UTC]
Or prefix your strings with 0x if you want to force hex.
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