[Phpmyadmin-devel] Limits imposed by Suhosin

Marc Delisle marc at infomarc.info
Sun Aug 7 14:01:13 CEST 2011

Le 2011-08-07 07:39, Marc Delisle a écrit :
> Le 2011-08-07 07:31, Tyron Madlener a écrit :
>> On Sun, Aug 7, 2011 at 2:06 PM, Marc Delisle <marc at infomarc.info> wrote:
>>> Le 2011-08-06 07:59, Madhura Jayaratne a écrit :
>>>> Hi all,
>>>> While attending to a bug [1], I came across the following.
>>>> Suhosin imposes a limit of 512 on the length of the variable that can be
>>>> passed via a GET [2]. This is often problematic as in PMA we encounter long
>>>> parameters (long sql queries, where clauses when no unique key is there
>>>> etc). Due to the same problem [3] $cfg['LinkLengthLimit'] configuration was
>>>> lowered to more stricter 1000 from 2000, which is more acceptable.
>>>> In this particular bug the problem is that, though the URL length is under
>>>> 1000, one parameter, 'sql_query', violates the Suhosin limit. What
>>>> should be our stand on this. Should we adhere to Suhosin default values?
>>>> In 3.5 we have a possible solution for this [4] and we can still lower
>>>> $cfg['LinkLengthLimit'] value without losing the look and feel. However this
>>>> needs to have JS enabled and I'm not sure whether we want to impose that
>>>> condition for the 3.4 series.
>>> Madhura,
>>> see Documentation.html, FAQ 1.38. You might want to add a suggestion
>>> there about suhosin.get.max_value_length.
>>> As you can deduce from this FAQ entry, it was not our intention to adapt
>>> to Suhosin's limits.
>> Would there be any problem in using min($cfg['LinkLengthLimit'],
>> [suhoins max length]) for pma?
> You might have a good start of solution, but $cfg['LinkLengthLimit'] is
> for the total length of the link, whereas suhosin.get.max_value_length
> is per parameter and we have more than one parameter in those links.

Also, looking at FAQ 1.38, many Suhosin parameters require tuning for
phpMyadmin; this is why phpMyAdmin emits (by default) a warning on its
main page about Suhosin, pointing to this FAQ entry.

If someone disabled the warning, it's their choice.

Marc Delisle

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