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Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2009 10:00:54 +0000
From: Joe Orton <>
To: Raphael Geissert <>
Subject: Re:  Re: CVE id request: php5

On Wed, Jan 28, 2009 at 02:00:42PM -0600, Raphael Geissert wrote:
> Josh Bressers wrote:
> [...]
> > 
> > I may be missing something here, but this looks like an issue where a bad
> > script really needs to cause this. Wouldn't it be just as easy to for the
> > script author to delete the file in question via a PHP script?
> > 
> No, please read carefully. If you have a script that doesn't do good 
> input sanitation but takes a variable from the user's input and uses 
> it as a key it will end up nuking the .ini file.

If the script is taking untrusted input data and passing it unsanitized 
as the "key" argument to a dba_replace() call, it can override arbitrary 
keys in the ini file anyway.  Truncating the ini file to zero length 
seems like a less severe problem than being able to write (arbitrary?) 
data to arbitrary keys.

Regards, Joe

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