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Weird error - Form posted value that contains "CD/"

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Joined: 04 Jul 2012
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PostPosted: Wed 04 Jul '12 21:17    Post subject: Weird error - Form posted value that contains "CD/" Reply with quote

I'm getting this weird error when I try to send a certain string via POST to a PHP script hosted online.

This is the string I'm trying to send:

<b>character name cd</b>

The string here that is causing the problem is the two letter "CD". Even if I sent it like this I'm still getting the "Not Acceptable" error.


or even this:


But if I send it like this (any character after CD except space) it goes thru:


What could be causing this error? My google-fu wasn't enough for this.

I'm testing this via simple HTML form and posting it to the PHP file that would output the value, here's the HTML code for the form:

<form action="http://linkhere.com/accept.php" method="POST" name="acceptme" enctype="multipart/form-data" accept-charset="UTF-8" >
    <textarea id="testvalue" name="testvalue" rows="10" cols="50"></textarea><br />
    <INPUT type="submit" value="Submit" id="submit1" name="submit1">   

The PHP side has a simple script that accepts the posted value then display it:


$str = file_get_contents("php://input");

echo $str;


Other info that might help find out the main cause of the problem:
* Shared hosting
* mod_security is disabled
* Nothing on the Apache error_log file
* Apache/2.2.21

Any idea?
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James Blond

Joined: 19 Jan 2006
Posts: 6452
Location: Germany, Next to Hamburg

PostPosted: Fri 06 Jul '12 18:15    Post subject: Reply with quote

The issue is that you use php://input. That is only to use form the command line. In your case use $_POST['testvalue'] Don't forget to escape the content of $_POST['testvalue'] with mysql_espace_string Wink
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