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Bug #78475 Unsetting or assigning a value to $GLOBALS makes it stop working
Submitted: 2019-08-29 18:14 UTC Modified: -
From: ayg at aryeh dot name Assigned:
Status: Open Package: Scripting Engine problem
PHP Version: 7.3.9 OS:
Private report: No CVE-ID: None
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 [2019-08-29 18:14 UTC] ayg at aryeh dot name
Description:
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$GLOBALS contains a reference to a magical array that has all the globals in it. Unsetting or assigning a value to it seems to forevermore lose the reference to this magical array, making $GLOBALS a regular old variable that has no connection to defined globals (although it's still a superglobal).

Unsetting or assigning to $GLOBALS probably should fail, just like $this does. I spent some time today trying to debug a scenario where $GLOBALS['someVar'] did not equal $someVar after I had written "global $someVar". It turned out to be because someone had unset $GLOBALS somewhere (they were trying to clear all global variables and restore them to an earlier state). This is really confusing and should be disallowed. Or at least produce a notice or something.

Test script:
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$a = 1;
unset( $GLOBALS );
function f() {
  global $a;
  unset( $GLOBALS ); // $GLOBALS = []; is the same
  var_dump( $a );
  var_dump( isset( $GLOBALS['a' ) );
}
f();

Expected result:
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Either:

int(1)
bool(true)

Or:

NULL
bool(false)

Actual result:
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int(1)
bool(false)

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