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Doc Bug #53687 Use of colon character in open_basedir paths
Submitted: 2011-01-07 17:51 UTC Modified: 2013-02-18 00:34 UTC
From: luckyluke at softhome dot net Assigned:
Status: No Feedback Package: Safe Mode/open_basedir
PHP Version: 5.3.5 OS: linux-2.6 x86_64
Private report: No CVE-ID: None
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 [2011-01-07 17:51 UTC] luckyluke at softhome dot net
Documentation says that on *nix systems open_basedir paths must be separated by 
colon characters, but it does not say if it is possible and how to include a path 
containing an actual colon (which is a perfectly valid path on linux, for 

How can I add /foo:bar to open_basedir?

Expected result:
I should be able to know if and how to escape the separator colon, for example 
open_basedir = /www\:80:/somewhere_else
to add the two directories '/www:80' and'/somewhere_else'.

Documentation should tell me I cannot use colons in paths, or tell me how I can 
use them.

(besides, if there isn't any escape possibility it should be added IMHO)

Actual result:
Adding a path with a colon inside gets interpreted as two different paths.
Official documentation does not help on the matter.


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 [2011-01-25 20:25 UTC]
-Status: Open +Status: Feedback
 [2011-01-25 20:25 UTC]
Can you please test that escaping mechanism? Maybe you could also test it within 
PATH itself
 [2013-02-05 11:00 UTC] luckyluke at softhome dot net
I was just giving an example. Anyway I did actually try to escape colons with 
backslashes, and I re-tried now on PHP 5.3.15, without success.
 [2013-02-05 11:29 UTC] luckyluke at softhome dot net
Additionally, if you have colons in intermediate elements of a path, like this:
and you specify an open_basedir like "/www" or "/www/", PHP will block any access 
to the above path.

Unfortunately I cannot, at the moment, test this on recent versions of PHP and/or 
ones without Suhosin installed, but it does replicate perfectly on my PHP-
5.3.15+Suhosin-0.9.33 system.
 [2013-02-18 00:34 UTC] php-bugs at lists dot php dot net
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