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Bug #66107 func_get_args change breaks by-reference in ReflectionClass::newInstanceArgs
Submitted: 2013-11-17 15:24 UTC Modified: 2014-02-11 12:43 UTC
Avg. Score:4.8 ± 0.6
Reproduced:18 of 19 (94.7%)
Same Version:18 (100.0%)
Same OS:2 (11.1%)
From: sjon at hortensius dot net Assigned: dmitry (profile)
Status: Closed Package: Arrays related
PHP Version: 5.5.6 OS: archlinux
Private report: No CVE-ID: None
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 [2013-11-17 15:24 UTC] sjon at hortensius dot net
The changelog states:

> Improved performance of array_merge() and func_get_args() by eliminating useless copying.

I think I found a bug related to this change. If it's not fixed it should at least be documented.

Test script:

class f
    function f(&$e){}

function getNew()
    $a = func_get_args();
    $c = array_shift($a);

    $r = new ReflectionClass($c);
    return $r->newInstanceArgs($a);

$e = new stdClass;

var_dump(getNew('f', $e));

Expected result:
object(f)#3 (0) {

Actual result:
Warning: Parameter 1 to f::f() expected to be a reference, value given in /in//in/U40T0 on line 14

Warning: ReflectionClass::newInstanceArgs(): Invocation of f's constructor failed in /in//in/U40T0 on line 14


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 [2013-11-18 02:25 UTC]
-Assigned To: +Assigned To: dmitry
 [2013-11-18 09:32 UTC] sjon at hortensius dot net
Since $e is an object it is already passed by reference; so the error is rather strange. The code seems to check for an explicit &$e by-reference instead of an implicit variable=object=reference
 [2013-11-25 12:40 UTC]
Actually, this code worked not on purpose but because of luck.
Previously, func_get_args() copied each argument making refcount == 1 and it allowed to pass it by reference.

The following code demonstrates the real reason of the bug. The first call to call_user_func_array() works but the second doesn't.

function foo(&$e) {
call_user_func_array("foo", array(2));
$a = array(2);
call_user_func_array("foo", $a);

The problem may be related to zend_fcall_info.no_separation handling.
 [2013-11-29 18:41 UTC]
This is a regression introduced from 5.5.5 to 5.5.6. Reading the news for 5.5.7RC1 now, it looks like this won't be fixed anytime soon? :-(

Bug at TYPO3 for this. All current TYPO3-releases are affected and only work until 5.5.5.
 [2013-12-07 12:05 UTC] bugs dot php dot net at philippgampe dot info
This is a really nasty bug, because you cannot work around it.
Changing the interface breaks all 3rd-party code that makes use of your code.
 [2013-12-10 12:19 UTC]
I've reverted changes in PHP-5.5 (not in PHP-5.6 and above).
 [2013-12-14 04:53 UTC] Christian dot Stadler at der-bloggsberg dot de
Seems, like this fix didn't make it into PHP 5.5.7 in time. Does that mean, that this will be fixed in PHP 5.5.8?
 [2013-12-16 08:36 UTC]
It's pushed into PHP-5.5 branch so it must be fixed in the next 5.5 release.
 [2014-02-11 10:16 UTC] sjon at hortensius dot net
This bug is indeed fixed in 5.5.8; it is however also broken in 5.6 (a1). Should I report a new bug or leave this one open?
 [2014-02-11 12:12 UTC]
I think it's not going to be "fixed" in 5.6.

It was fixed in 5.5 to not introduce a break in minor release.
But it's OK to break unintended behaviour in major release.
As I wrote, it was never designed or expected to work in that way.
 [2014-02-11 12:14 UTC] sjon at hortensius dot net
Okay, that seems fine. In that case you can close this issue as fixed.
 [2014-02-11 12:43 UTC]
-Status: Assigned +Status: Closed
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