On Thu, Mar 5, 2009 at 11:08 AM, Eric Butera <eric.but...@gmail.com> wrote:
> On Thu, Mar 5, 2009 at 12:00 PM, haliphax <halip...@gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Thu, Mar 5, 2009 at 10:52 AM, Eric Butera <eric.but...@gmail.com> wrote:
>>> On Thu, Mar 5, 2009 at 11:16 AM, Nigel Green <ni...@greenlemur.com> wrote:
>>>> Hi all,
>>>> This is my first post to the list. Have been observing for a few weeks and
>>>> have learnt a lot.
>>>> I am having an issue in one of my scripts where using the
>>>> mysql_real_escape_string function is stripping content out of my input 
>>>> data.
>>>> All is working well on my local installation, but when the files are
>>>> transferred over to the live site I am getting problems.
>>>> The sample code I am using to test this is as follows:
>>>> if(isset($this->mysql)) {
>>>>    $query = "update pages set";
>>>>    $query .= " `title` = '" . mysql_real_escape_string ($title) . "',";
>>>>    $query .= " `text` = '" . mysql_real_escape_string ($text) . "',";
>>>>    $query .= " where id = \"$id\"";
>>>> }
>>>> echo $query;
>>>> The $title, $text and $id values are passed in as parameters when I call 
>>>> the
>>>> method that runs the update, and if I echo them out at the top of the 
>>>> method
>>>> they are all present and correct.
>>>> The $mysql class variable is populated with a connection handle when I
>>>> instantiate an instance of the class, and the code is finding the 
>>>> connection
>>>> as it is building the query. On my local machine the query is built using
>>>> the escaped values from the $_POST array, but on the live site the escaped
>>>> values for $title and $text are blank.
>>>> Any ideas on where to look for config differences? The main thing I've 
>>>> found
>>>> so far is that this may happen if no connection is present, but it is. 
>>>> Doing
>>>> a var_dump of the connection handle shows that it is the correct handle as
>>>> well.
>>>> Any thoughts?
>>>> Many thanks in advance for any help.
>>>> Nigel
>>> Make sure to always pass your active database connection into the
>>> second parameter of mysql_real_escape_string.  There could be
>>> character set differences between your two servers too that might be
>>> causing issues for you.  If at all possible I would recommend
>>> upgrading to mysqli or pdo and use prepared statements.
>> mysqli may not be available to him (PHP4, etc.) and I don't see why he
>> should completely switch his procedure if his code will work with the
>> addition of the db handle in the function call... but that's my 2c. I
>> agree that at some level, it is more beneficial to change all of the
>> code you have to use a new method/construct/whatever, but it may not
>> be worth it in his case.
> Using php4 is beyond irresponsible at this point.

Nice quip, but it doesn't do any of us any good who are stuck with
PHP4 due to the decisions of people with more clout in the
organization than we (like perhaps the OP).


// Todd

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