Bug 31679 - If the argument of a CGI has two or more consecutive plus signs (+) it gets truncated.
Summary: If the argument of a CGI has two or more consecutive plus signs (+) it gets t...
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Product: Apache httpd-2
Classification: Unclassified
Component: mod_cgi (show other bugs)
Version: 2.0-HEAD
Hardware: PC All
: P3 enhancement (vote)
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Apache HTTPD Bugs Mailing List
Keywords: MassUpdate
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Reported: 2004-10-12 22:45 UTC by Erik Zapien
Modified: 2018-11-07 21:08 UTC (History)
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Description Erik Zapien 2004-10-12 22:45:40 UTC
I have seen this on Windows on 2.0.52 and 1.3.31. Irix and Solaris versions 
work fine. If you click on an URL like:

(user: erik, passwd: erik in case you want to connect)

(note the two space before 04 encoded as ++),

the listdir.exe cgi program only receives:

C:/raid/this is a test

as a parameter. The "  04" is truncated. In the apache log, the correct entry 
is made with the full argument, it only gets truncated when the cgi is called.

--Erik Zapien
Comment 1 Nick Kew 2004-10-12 23:41:26 UTC
How do we know it's not just a bug in your CGI?

What happens if you substitute a simple well-known CGI prog such as printenv?
Comment 2 Erik Zapien 2004-10-13 00:32:14 UTC
The perl version of printenv that comes with Windows Apache 2 only reads 
environment variables (which have no problems). It doesn't read arguments. So, 
I added code to that script to display the arguments passed. This is my 
resulting perl script that I used to test:

##  printenv -- demo CGI program which just prints its environment

print "Content-type: text/plain\n\n";
foreach $var (sort(keys(%ENV))) {
    $val = $ENV{$var};
    $val =~ s|\n|\\n|g;
    $val =~ s|"|\\"|g;
    print "${var}=\"${val}\"\n";

$first_arg = shift @ARGV;
print "arg[0] = ", $first_arg, "\n";
$second_arg = shift @ARGV;
print "arg[1] = ", $second_arg, "\n";
$third_arg = shift @ARGV;
print "arg[2] = ", $third_arg, "\n";
$fourth_arg = shift @ARGV;
print "arg[3] = ", $fourth_arg, "\n";

If you do:

You will see all 4 arguments after the env variables with no problems.

If you do:

You only see the first one.

Let me know if you need more information.


--Erik Zapien
Comment 3 Nick Kew 2004-10-13 01:06:00 UTC
Ah, you're misusing ISINDEX.  The spec doesn't define double-+, it merely tells
us this is an optional feature of CGI.  The QUERY_STRING is correct in your

I won't mark it INVALID in case someone wants to hack on it, but implementation
of an optional and obsolote feature seems more an Enhancement request than a Bug.
Comment 4 William A. Rowe Jr. 2018-11-07 21:08:22 UTC
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