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Request #78385 parse_url() does not include 'query' when question mark is the last char
Submitted: 2019-08-07 21:57 UTC Modified: -
From: benjamin dot morel at gmail dot com Assigned:
Status: Closed Package: *URL Functions
PHP Version: 7.3.8 OS: N/A
Private report: No CVE-ID: None
 [2019-08-07 21:57 UTC] benjamin dot morel at gmail dot com
parse_url() returns the same result for these 2 distinct URLs:

In the first URL, there is no query string, so the 'query' key is not set. This is OK. In the second URL, there is one, an empty one. As such, PHP should set the 'query' key in the result array to an empty string. At the moment, it's unset.

The issue with the current implementation is that libraries that parse and build URLs cannot differentiate these two, and will build a URL that's different from the parsed one.

Another issue is for libraries handling robots.txt files. According to Google (see, the following rule:

Disallow: /*.php$

... will match '/filename.php', but not '/filename.php?'.

If I'm using parse_url() to extract the path and query string from the full URL, I will not be able to differentiate the two URLs above.

Test script:


var_export(parse_url('', PHP_URL_QUERY));

Expected result:
array (
  'scheme' => 'http',
  'host' => '',
  'path' => '/foo',
  'query' => '',


Actual result:
array (
  'scheme' => 'http',
  'host' => '',
  'path' => '/foo',



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 [2020-01-11 15:35 UTC] israfilov93 at gmail dot com
The following pull request has been associated:

Patch Name: ticket-78385 an empty string in parse_url() return when question markā€¦
On GitHub:
 [2020-01-13 09:18 UTC]
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Log: Fixed #78385: Distinguish absent/empty query/fragment
 [2020-01-13 09:18 UTC]
-Status: Open +Status: Closed
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