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Bug #78083 exif_read_data() corrupt EXIF header: maximum directory nesting level reached
Submitted: 2019-05-29 16:53 UTC Modified: 2021-02-26 12:17 UTC
Avg. Score:4.6 ± 0.7
Reproduced:7 of 7 (100.0%)
Same Version:2 (28.6%)
Same OS:1 (14.3%)
From: fermin at ares dot uy Assigned: cmb (profile)
Status: Feedback Package: EXIF related
PHP Version: 7.3.5 OS: *
Private report: No CVE-ID: None
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 [2019-05-29 16:53 UTC] fermin at ares dot uy
When using the function "exif_read_data()" on certain jpg images it outputs this warning:

"Warning: exif_read_data(php7D62.tmp): corrupt EXIF header: maximum directory nesting level reached in \path\to\index.php on line 4"

And the metadata field 'title' does not show up on the resulting array.

You can download a problematic image for testing here

Test script:
if (!empty($_FILES)) {
  $imagen = $_FILES['imagen']['tmp_name'];
  $metadata = exif_read_data($imagen, 0, true);
  highlight_string("<?php\n\$metadata =\n" . var_export($metadata, true) . ";\n?>");

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en" dir="ltr">
    <meta charset="utf-8">
    <title>EXIF TEST</title>
    <form action="/" method="post" enctype="multipart/form-data">
      <input type="file" name="imagen" value="">
      <input type="submit" name="" value="Print EXIF">

Expected result:
No warning message and the complete list of metadata fields on the array outputted by the function exif_read_data.

Actual result:
Warning message and incomplete metadata array.


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 [2020-07-24 09:02 UTC]
-Status: Open +Status: Verified -Operating System: Windows 10 +Operating System: *
 [2020-07-24 09:02 UTC]
Indeed, that appears to be a bug – exiftool processes the image
just fine.
 [2020-08-31 07:43 UTC]
On current 7.3 HEAD the "maximum directory nesting level" warning no longer occurs, but the output still seems to be corrupted:

The "Title" is present, but probably filled with null bytes. There's a lot of "UndefinedTag" going on as well.
 [2020-08-31 07:59 UTC]
Or is that actually the expected output? I see that exiftool only prints an empty title as well.
 [2020-08-31 08:50 UTC]
That output looks actually good to me (besides that exiftool
supports way more tags than we do[1]).

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 [2021-02-26 12:17 UTC]
-Status: Verified +Status: Feedback -Assigned To: +Assigned To: cmb
 [2021-02-26 12:17 UTC]
Is this resolved as of PHP 7.3.23 and 7.4.11, respectively, or is
there still an issue?
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