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Bug #68081 checkdnsrr( '' ) returns `true` when no MX, only CNAME
Submitted: 2014-09-23 03:52 UTC Modified: 2022-05-11 15:04 UTC
Avg. Score:3.0 ± 0.0
Reproduced:0 of 1 (0.0%)
From: figureonecpr at gmail dot com Assigned:
Status: Open Package: Network related
PHP Version: master-Git-2014-09-23 (snap) OS: Linux Phoenix 2.6.32
Private report: No CVE-ID: None
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 [2014-09-23 03:52 UTC] figureonecpr at gmail dot com
Per, checkdnsrr() defaults to an MX record query when the second argument is not supplied.  Regardless of SMTP's implicit MX logic, this function is supposed to return `false` if $host does not have at least one *explicit* MX in the DNS.

However, if the supplied hostname simply has a CNAME record (a good CNAME, one that can be dereferenced to an extant canonical hostname) the function returns `true`.  

The bug is seen regardless of whether the canonical hostname itself has an MX record.   For example, if you have CNAME --> A and do checkdnsrr( '' ) you will get `true`.  But if you go straight to the canonical A record and do checkdnsrr( '' ) you will get `false`.

Test script:
// where exists is a CNAME in the DNS pointing to an extant canonical hostname

var_dump( checkdnsrr( '' ) );

Expected result:

Actual result:


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 [2014-09-23 04:54 UTC]
-Assigned To: +Assigned To: kriscraig
 [2014-09-23 04:56 UTC]
Could you include the actual hostname you used?  That'll make it easier for me to repro.


 [2014-09-23 07:19 UTC] figureonecpr at gmail dot com
You can use

at present.
 [2014-09-23 18:44 UTC] figureonecpr at gmail dot com
Note the dn does the same thing with other RRtypes: treats the existence of a CNAME as a positive result.  This bug cripples the function into unusability.  
The example I also posted to the mailing list is that checkdnsrr( '', 'SRV' ) returns `true`.  And you do not have an SRV record (as a Windows guy I would've been surprised if you did!).
 [2017-10-24 08:12 UTC]
-Status: Assigned +Status: Open -Assigned To: kriscraig +Assigned To:
 [2022-05-11 00:25 UTC] jeff at systasis dot co
Hi - I think this can be resolved by checking the actual answer instead of the count of returned answers.
I'm assuming that `rectype` gets properly initialized when NULL by the parameter processing logic.
If you agree, I'll fork 7.4 based on
 [2022-05-11 14:29 UTC]
If I understand correctly you want to fix it for 7.4 but AFAIK such fixes should be done on master and then backported by the release managers.

Please correct me if I'm wrong :-)
 [2022-05-11 15:04 UTC]
Bug fixes should target the lowest branch which is actively
supported (currently PHP-8.0).  If there are BC concerns, then
master should be targeted.

See also <>.
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