Edward Tanguay Edward Tanguay -5 years ago 193
PHP Question

PHP's new input_filter does not read $_GET or $_POST arrays

In PHP 5.2 there was a nice security function added called "input_filter", so instead of saying:

$name = $_GET['name'];

you can now say:

$name = filter_input (INPUT_GET, 'name', FILTER_SANITIZE_STRING);

and it automatically sanitizes your string, there is also:





so this is a very convenient security feature to use and I want to switch over to it completely.

The problem is... I often manipulate the $_GET and $_POST arrays before processing them, like this:

$_GET['name'] = '(default name)';

but it seems that filter_input does not have access to the changes in $_GET since it reads "INPUT_GET" which is of type int (?). It would be nice if I could get filter_input to read $_GET instead but:

$name = filter_input ( $_GET, 'name', FILTER_SANITIZE_STRING );

gives me the error:

Warning: filter_input() expects parameter 1 to be long, array given.

Can anyone think of a way that I could:

  • manipulate the source of
    (whereever it is) so that I can change its values before filter_input can read them

  • get filter_input to read


Rich asked: "Why are you changing the arrays anyway, surely you want them to be an input, rather than something you've programmatically inserted."

It is just a very convenient place to preprocess variables coming in, e.g. in order to:

  • set defaults (if $_GET['state'] = '' then $_GET['state'] = 'AL')

  • do manual processing (delete all spaces, etc.)

  • security (some of which will be done by filter_input now)

Then I know by the time I get the incoming variable, it is secure and valid. Of course I could copy the $_GET array to another array and process THAT array but that is just an unnecessary step since I $_GET is already a functioning array so it makes sense to do it with these system arrays that already exist.

Answer Source

You could manually force it to read the arrays again by using filter_var and filter_var_array

$name = filter_var ( $_GET['name'], FILTER_SANITIZE_STRING );
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