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Gareth Heyes' Blog:
PHP self return of the slash
Sep 25, 2009 @ 10:31:24

In this new post to his blog Gareth Heyes points out a legacy issue that those running older PHP4-based code might want to look into:

I thought about something I found ages ago in PHP4 and it’s been long enough now. This is also quite funny because my server is vulnerable to this. So what happens if you escape PHP_SELF with htmlentities($_SERVER['PHP_SELF'], ENT_QUOTES)? Safe from XSS? I hope so. Safe from everything? Well not really or at least it didn’t used to be.

He gives a simple example of how the PHP_SELF issue can be used to change the form's target just by using a few well-placed slashes. Thankfully, this seems to be only back in the world of PHP4, so those working with PHP5 should be safe.

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