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Bug #69351 recursive mkdir fails with parent (dot dot) directory in path and symlink
Submitted: 2015-04-01 22:18 UTC Modified: 2021-10-10 04:22 UTC
Avg. Score:5.0 ± 0.0
Reproduced:1 of 1 (100.0%)
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From: dave2008 at buchananville dot net Assigned: cmb (profile)
Status: No Feedback Package: Directory function related
PHP Version: 5.4.39 OS:
Private report: No CVE-ID: None
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 [2015-04-01 22:18 UTC] dave2008 at buchananville dot net
Running recursive mkdir fails when there is a ".." directory in the path, and a symbolic link is present:


The problem is that it is is expanding the path string in place instead of following the physical filesystem.  After it traverses into a/d, the ".." directory actually takes you somewhere else.  Not to "a".  In bash this is like `cd -P`.

It worked like this in previous versions (at least on PHP 5.3.3 and before).

Where previous versions of PHP have acted this way, I think it is best for backwards compatibility for this to work.

It looks like this was broken when the fix for bug #55124 was applied:

it made it use expand_filepath_with_mode() with the CWD_EXPAND.  Maybe it should have used CWD_REALPATH instead?  Just a guess...

Test script:



Expected result:
On PHP 5.3.3 it runs with no output

Actual result:
PHP Warning:  mkdir(): Permission denied in /var/autofs/home/dave/test-recursive-mkdir.php on line 7


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 [2016-10-26 19:42 UTC] nemecek at wienfluss dot net
I was investigating this issue for a CMS we use and can confirm the problem for the following PHP versions:
* 5.4.16
* 5.4.30
* 5.4.38
* 5.4.44
* 5.4.45
* 5.5.14
* 5.5.22
* 5.5.26
* 5.5.28
* 5.5.30
* 5.5.35
* 5.6.0
* 5.6.2
* 5.6.6
* 5.6.12
* 5.6.16
* 5.6.21
* 7.0.6

In the described test case, the call "mkdir('a/d/../e',0755,false);" would correctly create the path.
 [2021-09-30 16:15 UTC]
-Status: Open +Status: Feedback -Assigned To: +Assigned To: cmb
 [2021-09-30 16:15 UTC]
I cannot reproduce this with PHP-7.4.  Can anybody else still
reproduce with any of the actively supported PHP versions[1]?

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 [2021-10-10 04:22 UTC] php-bugs at lists dot php dot net
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