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Bug #69188 The constant INF is set to float(0)
Submitted: 2015-03-04 21:14 UTC Modified: -
Avg. Score:4.7 ± 0.7
Reproduced:6 of 6 (100.0%)
Same Version:4 (66.7%)
Same OS:4 (66.7%)
From: manuel at moosnet dot de Assigned:
Status: Open Package: Math related
PHP Version: Irrelevant OS: SunOS 5.10
Private report: No CVE-ID: None
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 [2015-03-04 21:14 UTC] manuel at moosnet dot de
First, sorry, this is on a shared hoster ( environment and I do not have full control over the PHP version that is used; I cannot use anything current, only a variety of older versions.

Essentially, the bug is that INF is exactly equal to 0 on SunOS 5.10. NAN seems to work fine. No string conversion is involved as far as I can tell.

The CPU seems to be a generic x86 and Python treats INF and NAN correctly, so it seems the FPU is not the culprit.

The only mention of this behavior I found elsewhere is this old stackoverflow question:

Here's the output of a couple of test runs of the test script:
>>> uname -a
SunOS aklathep 5.10 Generic_142901-13 i86pc i386 i86pc
>>> php52 inftest.php
X-Powered-By: PHP/5.2.17
Content-type: text/html

>>> php53 inftest.php
X-Powered-By: PHP/5.3.29
Content-type: text/html

>>> php55 inftest.php
X-Powered-By: PHP/5.5.18
Content-type: text/html

>>> php56 inftest.php
X-Powered-By: PHP/5.6.2
Content-type: text/html; charset=iso-8859-1


Full version information:
>>> php52 --version
PHP 5.2.17 (cgi-fcgi) (built: Jul 30 2014 15:57:46)
Copyright (c) 1997-2010 The PHP Group
Zend Engine v2.2.0, Copyright (c) 1998-2010 Zend Technologies
>>> php53 --version
PHP 5.3.29 (cgi-fcgi) (built: Aug 20 2014 15:52:05)
Copyright (c) 1997-2014 The PHP Group
Zend Engine v2.3.0, Copyright (c) 1998-2014 Zend Technologies
>>> php55 --version
PHP 5.5.18 (cgi-fcgi) (built: Oct 17 2014 12:36:29)
Copyright (c) 1997-2014 The PHP Group
Zend Engine v2.5.0, Copyright (c) 1998-2014 Zend Technologies
>>> php56 --version
PHP 5.6.2 (cgi-fcgi) (built: Oct 16 2014 13:30:19)
Copyright (c) 1997-2014 The PHP Group
Zend Engine v2.6.0, Copyright (c) 1998-2014 Zend Technologies

Test script:
$v = INF;
$v = NAN;

Expected result:

Actual result:


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 [2015-08-25 12:54 UTC] fisharebest at gmail dot com
One of users (also a customer) has reported the same issue, across a range of PHP versions.

I have just built a SunOS 11.2 server and compiled PHP from source.

It works as expected.

This suggests the problem is specific to servers at
 [2015-08-26 13:07 UTC] wagner at strato-rz dot de

I am a developer at strato.
It seems that the problem is
with SUN Solaris 5.10.

I found that the code in ext/standard/basic_functions.c: php_get_inf()
uses atof to determine the value of "INF".

To test the matter I wrote a test what "INF" would be
if php uses a different way to determine the value

int main(void) 
	#define PHP_DOUBLE_INFINITY_HIGH       0x7ff00000

	double val = 0.0;
	((uint32_t*)&val)[1] = PHP_DOUBLE_INFINITY_HIGH;
	((uint32_t*)&val)[0] = 0;
	printf("__i386__: %f\n",val);

	double atf = atof("INF");
	printf("atof: %f\n",atf);

	printf("fract: %f\n",1.0/0.0);
	return 0;
__i386__: Inf
atof: 0.000000
fract: Inf

This shows that using atof() for "INF" does not work
as expected and it is not server specific but a problem
in the Solaris OS (5.10) itself.

Never the less, the other methods php could use would result
in a correct value.

Defining HAVE_ATOF_ACCEPTS_INF on Solaris 5.10 seems wrong
at first, although its a strange behaviour by the OS.

Maybe there is something wrong with autotools we are using,
that are an older version.

I will investigate some more and write down my results here
 [2016-07-07 13:19 UTC] wagner at strato-rz dot de
Just tested it with Solaris 11,
we are seeing the same problem there.

What about my proposed fix ?
(Not defining HAVE_ATOF_ACCEPTS_INF on Solaris machines)

[solaris11 ~]# ./inftest 
__i386__: Inf
atof: 0.000000
fract: Inf
[solaris11 ~]# uname -a
SunOS solaris11 5.11 11.3 i86pc i386 i86pc

Just for clarification, it's not a build breaker,
the is_finite() PHP-function seems to be buggy on 
 [2016-08-10 15:09 UTC] tycholursen at gmail dot com
@wagner at strato-rz dot de
Are you aware of the fact that this long standing bug on the Strato servers prevents MediaWiki version 1.27.0 from functioning?
Please have a look at for clarification.
It contains a backtrace of the "ParameterAssertionException: Bad value for parameter maxKeys: must be above zero" I encountered in an attempt to install MediaWiki 1.27.0 on Strato servers.
Please fix it!
 [2016-09-07 16:59 UTC] chris at chrisjean dot com
@manuel at moosnet dot de

You suggested that the tooling used to provision the servers could be the source of the issue. I suggest that you dig deeper into that as I ran your sample C code on a fresh install of Solaris 11.3 and did not see a problem. This points to a problem in your provisioning process, not a compatibility problem with Solaris.

$ uname -a
SunOS solaris 5.11 11.3 i86pc i386 i86pc
$ ./atof
__i386__ Inf
atof: Inf
fract: Inf
 [2016-12-15 11:35 UTC] wagner at strato-rz dot de
We currently have patched our PHP 7 version to determine the value of "INF" correctly.

The problem is that "configure" does not work with Solaris 10 correctly and defines HAVE_ATOF_ACCEPTS_INF without checking the value of atof(INF).

I have to put in some more work to provide a proper patch for this to If you are experiencing this error please switch to PHP 7.
 [2016-12-20 04:43 UTC] tycholursen at gmail dot com
Hi, I just tested with a fresh install of MediaWiki 1.27.1 and php version 7 on Strato servers.
Seems to work OK for me now.
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