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Bug #81279 Inconsistant parsing with simplexml_load_string function
Submitted: 2021-07-21 15:39 UTC Modified: 2021-07-22 08:04 UTC
From: a dot gargasas1238 at gmail dot com Assigned:
Status: Open Package: SimpleXML related
PHP Version: Irrelevant OS: irrelavant
Private report: No CVE-ID: None
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 [2021-07-21 15:39 UTC] a dot gargasas1238 at gmail dot com
Description:
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bug appears in versions:
7.0.5 and later

description:
Parsing XML string returns inconsistent values. When parsing single XML element with new lines (unix (\n) or win(\r\n)) resulting element will be array. When new line tags are removed element turns into object value.

Test script:
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https://pastebin.com/hfv4bMZ8

Expected result:
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Consistent result of parsing element as object value, or as array

Actual result:
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Inconsistent result: mix of object value and array

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 [2021-07-22 08:04 UTC] cmb@php.net
Confirmed: <https://3v4l.org/GGGnX>.

The problem is that the whitespaces are parsed as text nodes, and
SimpleXML has known issues with mixed content, especially
regarding debug output (such as var_dump()).
 
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