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Bug #7842 doc_root setting behavior is wrong
Submitted: 2000-11-16 10:15 UTC Modified: 2002-01-08 08:17 UTC
From: jim at perigee dot net Assigned:
Status: Closed Package: PHP options/info functions
PHP Version: 4.0.3pl1 OS: Linux
Private report: No CVE-ID: None
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 [2000-11-16 10:15 UTC] jim at perigee dot net
doc_root string -  PHP's "root directory" on the server. If PHP is configured with safe mode, no files outside this directory are served. 
Why does php 4 handle this so differently than 3 did, especially when it comes to referencing file locations like  when including files?

I have had to resort to using either "../" or $HTTP_SERVER_VARS['DOCUMENT_ROOT'] to access included files in PHP4 when before I used to be able to use /name.php notation to absolutely refer to the include files within the web site doc_root directory.  We are running PHP in SAFE MODE.

I think this may just be an oversight, but, if not, I would love an explanation of the rationale.


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 [2002-01-08 08:17 UTC]
This is not a bug, just a change of behaviour, which is IMO much more logical and more clear than the old behaviour.

Use open_basedir to restrict access to directories.

include("/script.php") refers to the absolute path /script.php (the file script.php under the root)
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