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arg_separator breaks PMA: Call to a member function getCurrentUserAndHost #13940

xuefer opened this Issue Jan 16, 2018 · 4 comments


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xuefer commented Jan 16, 2018

Steps to reproduce

  1. delete one row in "Browse"

Expected behaviour

row get deleted, success

Actual behaviour

Fatal error: Uncaught Error: Call to a member function getCurrentUserAndHost() on null in /var/www/htdocs/phpMyAdmin/libraries/
Stack trace:
#0 /var/www/htdocs/phpMyAdmin/sql.php(21): require_once()
#1 {main} thrown in /var/www/htdocs/phpMyAdmin/libraries/ on line 14

Server configuration

Operating system: Gentoo

Web server: lighttpd

Database: mariadb

PHP version: 7.1

phpMyAdmin version: git master rev 2823d27

Client configuration

Browser: Chrome

Operating system: Windows

it is triggered by arg_separator.input = "&;" php setting
PMA tends to use ";" which is ok most of the time, but for POST data, php (nor chrome F12 developer tools) don't recognize ; as separator, see php-src code at;a=blob;f=main/php_variables.c;h=9e7f185bd944715b11d3e69005b533b99b983d65;hb=HEAD#l295

the data being posted is:
as you can see it mix ; with & while both should be supported when in query string, it is not supported in post content, even Content-Type is application/x-www-form-urlencoded; charset=UTF-8


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OlafvdSpek commented Jan 17, 2018

";" is NOT in arg_separator.input by default is it (unfortunately)?
How did this ever work?


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xuefer commented Jan 18, 2018

for years i use input="&;" and output=";" without problems, not with old PMA, but i just got PMA updated recently and this bug happen

it isn't by default but recommended by w3c, and prefered (if set) by pma
it works by having arg_separator.output = ";" (whichtell generate ";") and arg_separator.input = "&;" (which make PHP parser recognize "&;", but only in query string parser, not for post data)
PHP assume all data POST to server is generated by browser using & in all case, which is right
while PMA copy query string and concat it as POST data for XMLHttpRequest

should i post this bug PHP group instead?

@nijel nijel self-assigned this Mar 1, 2018

@nijel nijel added the bug label Mar 1, 2018

@nijel nijel added this to the 4.7.9 milestone Mar 1, 2018

@nijel nijel closed this in 984c6a0 Mar 1, 2018


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OlafvdSpek commented Mar 1, 2018

@nijel Are you sure the fix is correct? AFAIK POST requires &, even though PHP might be set to require ; for GET.


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nijel commented Mar 5, 2018

It seemed to work correctly in my tests, but I'll try to test this again...

@nijel nijel modified the milestones: 4.7.9, 4.8.0 Mar 5, 2018

nijel added a commit that referenced this issue Mar 5, 2018

Revert "Honor arg_separator in AJAX requests"
This reverts commit 984c6a0.

See #13940

Signed-off-by: Michal Čihař <>

nijel added a commit that referenced this issue Mar 5, 2018

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