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Bug #62789 Autoloaders are invoked with invalid class names
Submitted: 2012-08-09 20:04 UTC Modified: 2015-09-08 14:02 UTC
Avg. Score:4.4 ± 0.5
Reproduced:2 of 3 (66.7%)
Same Version:1 (50.0%)
Same OS:1 (50.0%)
From: drak at zikula dot org Assigned: cmb (profile)
Status: Closed Package: SPL related
PHP Version: 5.3.15 OS:
Private report: No CVE-ID: None
 [2012-08-09 20:04 UTC] drak at zikula dot org
It is possible to invoke class autoloaders with invalid class names leading to 
potential security issues. Classes can contain alphaumeric, underscore and 
backslash characters. However, code like:

    $foo = new $class

where $class might contain any arbitrary string will cause the autoloader stack 
to be called even if the $class variable contained invalid characters for a 
class name.

This could lead to various file inclusion issues as detailed in

However, it is not reasonable for classloaders to validate the class name passed 
to it via PHP for valid classname characters. Doing so would be an incredible 
burden on performance ever increasing with the size of the autoloader stack.

I suggest that PHP validate the characters of the class before deciding to call 
the autoloader stack or not.


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 [2012-08-10 07:27 UTC] victor dot berchet at sensiolabs dot com
As indicated in the blog post linked in the issue report, a few functions are 
affected (ie they can trigger the autoload function with an invalid class name):

- class_exists()
- interface_exists()
- class_parents()
- class_implements()
- is_subclass_of()
 [2013-02-05 17:39 UTC]
I suggest not creating a class from arbitrary strings you pick up from the 
internet . . .
 [2014-05-30 05:00 UTC] php at danielfriesen dot name
Looks like this bug was fixed at some point in 5.4.
 [2015-09-08 14:02 UTC]
-Status: Open +Status: Closed -Assigned To: +Assigned To: cmb
 [2015-09-08 14:02 UTC]
Indeed, this issue has been resolved as of PHP 5.4.24[1] and PHP

| Added validation of class names in the autoload process.

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