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PHP path translation vulnerability

Vulnerability Note VU#147027

Original Release Date: 2008-05-06 | Last Revised: 2008-07-21


PHP contains a path translation vulnerability that may allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code.


PHP is a scripting language that is designed for web-based applications and can be imbedded directly into HTML.

PHP versions prior to 5.2.6 contain a path translation vulnerability. For more information about this issue, see the PHP CVS log.


An attacker may be able to execute arbitrary code in the context of an application that uses the vulnerable function. The scope of the impact depends on how the affected application works. Applications that process filename input from the network, such as public-facing web applications, would be vulnerable to a remote attacker.


PHP 5.2.6 was released to address this and other issues.

Vendor Information

Affected   Unknown   Unaffected

The PHP Group

Updated:  May 06, 2008



Vendor Statement

No statement is currently available from the vendor regarding this vulnerability.

Vendor Information

The vendor has not provided us with any further information regarding this vulnerability.

CVSS Metrics

Group Score Vector
Base N/A N/A
Temporal N/A N/A
Environmental N/A



Thanks to the PHP team for information that was used in this report.

This document was written by Ryan Giobbi.

Other Information

CVE IDs: CVE-2008-0599
Severity Metric: 1.13
Date Public: 2008-05-06
Date First Published: 2008-05-06
Date Last Updated: 2008-07-21 18:01 UTC
Document Revision: 21

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