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Bug #69020 Possible memory corruption on file error messages
Submitted: 2015-02-09 22:26 UTC Modified: 2015-02-17 17:57 UTC
From: php at maisqi dot com Assigned: ab (profile)
Status: Closed Package: Filesystem function related
PHP Version: 5.6.5 OS: Windows 8.1
Private report: No CVE-ID: None
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 [2015-02-09 22:26 UTC] php at maisqi dot com
If I try to handle a file whose name is ISO-8859-1 (on a NTFS file system), and force some error, the error message is printed with some unexpected chars, besides those that are to be expected when we cross different character encodings.

I tested this on PHP5.5 and it worked ok. PHP 5.6, 32 bits or 64 bits, print the strange chars and crashed a few times. I can't test this on Linux for now.

Test script:
file_get_contents (utf8_decode ('Z:/Voláção'));
echo '<br />';
trigger_error(utf8_decode ('Z:/Voláção'), E_USER_WARNING);
trigger_error(utf8_decode ('Z:/Voláção'), E_USER_WARNING);

 * Note: I repeated the trigger_error() solely to prove that the output
 * is not random.

Expected result:
The script should emit three very similar error messages.

Actual result:
This is what I get on my system:

  Warning: <`d��� : failed to open stream: No such file or directory [...]
  Warning: Z:/Vol���o in D:\Apache\exp\web\exp.php on line 22
  Warning: Z:/Vol���o in D:\Apache\exp\web\exp.php on line 23

The «garbage» chars are quite different in the first message. I suspect this is due to some memory corruption bug. In fact, this simple script crashes once in a while (at least on my system).


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 [2015-02-11 14:30 UTC]
-Status: Open +Status: Feedback
 [2015-02-11 14:30 UTC]
Please post a backtrace. Though, it sounds very similar to what was recently fixed in bug #68996. Maybe you also could check some latest snapshot.

 [2015-02-11 16:19 UTC] php at maisqi dot com
-Status: Feedback +Status: Open
 [2015-02-11 16:19 UTC] php at maisqi dot com
I'm sorry, but I'll need some help doing that. Any pointers will be greatly appreciated.
Regarding the snapshots, I'll have to compile it myself, right? I'm using the Windows version...
 [2015-02-11 17:37 UTC]
-Status: Open +Status: Feedback
 [2015-02-11 17:37 UTC]
No, you don't have to build yourself, just fetch some latest from here (also there's a snapshot page on

If you've found that's not fixed in the latest, please check this page for the backtrace howto .

 [2015-02-12 21:25 UTC] php at maisqi dot com
-Status: Feedback +Status: Open
 [2015-02-12 21:25 UTC] php at maisqi dot com
Just tested with the latest snapshot and it seems fixed. Thanks for your help,
 [2015-02-17 17:57 UTC]
-Status: Open +Status: Closed -Assigned To: +Assigned To: ab
 [2015-02-17 17:57 UTC]
Thanks for the update. Marking as fixed now, expect an update in one of the next releases.
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