From:             [EMAIL PROTECTED]
Operating system: Linux 2.2
PHP version:      4.0 Latest CVS (04/04/2001)
PHP Bug Type:     Performance problem
Bug description:  read_exif_data loads whole image into memory

Some users observed that read_exif_data is too slow with 1MB image files, which is a 
typical size for digital camera output. I looked into the implementation 
(ext/exif/exif.c) and it looks like the whole compressed image data is always read 
into memory, even though read_exif_data should be concerned with just the file header.

Here's a line from function read_exif_data:
        ret = php_read_jpeg_exif(&ImageInfo, (*p_name)->value.str.val,1);

The last parameter (ReadAll=1), causes the whole image data loaded into memory inside 
function scan_JPEG_header:

    if (ReadAll) {
        int cp, ep, size;
        /* Determine how much file is left. */
        cp = ftell(infile);
        fseek(infile, 0, SEEK_END);
        ep = ftell(infile);
        fseek(infile, cp, SEEK_SET);

        size = ep-cp;
        Data = (uchar *)malloc(size);
        if (Data == NULL) {
            php_error(E_ERROR,"could not allocate data for entire image");

        got = fread(Data, 1, size, infile);
        if (got != size) {
            php_error(E_ERROR,"could not read the rest of the image");

        Sections[*SectionsRead].Data = Data;
        Sections[*SectionsRead].Size = size;
        Sections[*SectionsRead].Type = PSEUDO_IMAGE_MARKER;
        *HaveAll = 1;
    return TRUE;

I believe the line above should be changed to feed 0 as value of parameter ReadAll.


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