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Security update for PHP4


(Last modified: 02SEP2005)

solutions Security update for PHP4 SuSE Linux Maintenance Web (2e855be5ae7903ca40477ba01d9c9d02)

Applies to

Package: php4
Product(s): SUSE CORE 9 for Itanium Processor Family
Patch: patch-10471
Release: 20050902
Obsoletes: ae77fd5dd5c7926fed4a1e163ec0f644


Everyone using PHP4 should install this update.


After this update php4-recode can no longer be used at the same time as php4-mysql, php4-imap or apache2-mod_auth_mysql due to the RTLD_GLOBAL fixes. Please refer to /usr/share/doc/packages/php4/README.SuSE for details.


This update fixes the following security issues:
  • A bug that can be exploited by remote attackers to bypass HTML tag filtering (cross-site-scripting prevention) by supplying special tags. These kind of tags should be ignored because they are not valid but they get accepted by some commercial web-browsers.
  • A bug that can be exploited by remote attackers by triggering the memory_limit in unsafe states of a PHP execution path to execute arbitrary code.
  • Bugs caused by bad array parsing of the user input via GET, POST and COOKIE. One could lead to overwriting variable $_FILES, while the other could expose some pieces of PHP's memory to the attacker.
  • A bug that could disclose PHP sourcecode under some circumstances.
  • Various bugs in the unserializer (CAN-2004-1019)
  • A buffer overflow in the EXIF parser (CAN-2004-1065)
  • A bug in readline() that could lead to denial of service.
  • A bug in getimagesize() which could lead to denial of service (CAN-2005-0524, CAN-2005-0525)
  • Bugs in the EXIF parser could allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code (CAN-2005-1042) or cause denial of service (CAN-2005-1043)).
  • Bugs in the PEAR::XML_RPC library allowed remote attackers to pass arbitrary PHP code to the eval() function (CAN-2005-1921, CAN-2005-2498).
  • An integer overflow bug was found in the pcre (perl compatible regular expression) library which could be used by an attacker to potentially execute code. (CAN-2005-2491)
This update also fixes the following non-security issues:
  • The dlopen() flag for opening php4 modules has been reverted back to RTLD_GLOBAL, as RTDL_LOCAL had some side effects when extensions like php4-unixODBC load their own libraries (unixODBC uses RTLD_GLOBAL).
  • Pre-Requires tags of some sub-packages have been tweaked to aid computing the uninstall order.
  • Performance problems of unserialize() caused by previous security update.


Please install the updates provided at the location noted below.

Installation notes

This update is provided as RPM packages that can easily be installed onto a running system by using this command:
rpm -Fvh php4.rpm apache-mod_php4.rpm apache2-mod_php4.rpm mod_php4-core.rpm php4-imap.rpm php4-mysql.rpm php4-session.rpm php4-fastcgi.rpm php4-devel.rpm php4-sysvshm.rpm php4-exif.rpm php4-pear.rpm

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