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Bug #7607 system()ed commands do not exit if the user interrupts transfer
Submitted: 2000-11-02 20:21 UTC Modified: 2000-11-05 07:53 UTC
From: doktor1 at earthlink dot net Assigned:
Status: Closed Package: Program Execution
PHP Version: 4.0.3 OS: SunOS 5.8 Generic sun4u sparc SU
Private report: No CVE-ID: None
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 [2000-11-02 20:21 UTC] doktor1 at earthlink dot net
If I system("/path/to/ping somehost") and then hit Stop or close the browser or go to a different page, the ping process will still be in the process table, and show as being owned (PPID) by httpd. I don't know whether this is an issue with php or with Apache.


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 [2000-11-05 07:53 UTC]
PHP cannot do this. Since PHP has no way to know which processes are launched with your system command, and the Apache process does not stop - so system won't terminate executed process - you should take care on this by yourself.
See for example proposal from Jean-Michel Dault <>:

This is an Apache issue. This bug is not present in the standalone
version. Even if you press stop, the apache process is trill running.

system("/path/to/ping -w SECS somehost") to have it die after SECS seconds

But then, if you press stop, you'll still have zombie processes... So you
should try this:
echo "ping -w 30 \$1" > /tmp/ping;chmod 0755 /tmp/ping
... and have <?php system("/tmp/ping $host"); ?> instead

If fixes the problem.

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