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Bug #60416 SimpleXML parse fails because of an URL, no error messages
Submitted: 2011-11-30 12:31 UTC Modified: 2015-06-26 17:11 UTC
Avg. Score:4.9 ± 0.3
Reproduced:5 of 5 (100.0%)
Same Version:3 (60.0%)
Same OS:1 (20.0%)
From: stigh at funcom dot com Assigned: cmb (profile)
Status: Not a bug Package: SimpleXML related
PHP Version: 5.3.8 OS: CentOS 5
Private report: No CVE-ID: None
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 [2011-11-30 12:31 UTC] stigh at funcom dot com
 - SimpleXML - Revision: 314376
 - libxml2 - version: 2.6.26

XML document generated using Word 2007, saving as regular Word file (doxc), then extracting the "word/document.xml" file from the compressed docx file (open w/7-zip, WinZIP, WinRAR, etc.).

I've been developing a docx parser in PHP and have encountered a strange bug. SimpleXML fails to parse the XML due to a URL in the XML document. I get no errors even with libxml_use_internal_errors(true) and libxml_get_errors(). the same documents parses perfectly fine with DOMDocument and also the W3C validator.

I played around with the XML, trying to add/remove elements causing the parse error, and it turned out to be a URL in the <w:document> node.

It is the URL in this line in the w:document tag: xmlns:w=""

Remove the URL, keeping xmlns:w="" makes the parse successful.

Test script:
Script for reproduction:

The entire document.xml file:

Expected result:
SimpleXMLElement Object ( [body] => SimpleXMLElement Object ( [0] => ) ) 

Actual result:


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 [2015-06-26 17:11 UTC]
-Status: Open +Status: Not a bug -Assigned To: +Assigned To: cmb
 [2015-06-26 17:11 UTC]
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