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escapeshellcmd(3) [php man page]

ESCAPESHELLCMD(3)							 1							 ESCAPESHELLCMD(3)

escapeshellcmd - Escape shell metacharacters

SYNOPSIS
string escapeshellcmd (string $command) DESCRIPTION
escapeshellcmd(3) escapes any characters in a string that might be used to trick a shell command into executing arbitrary commands. This function should be used to make sure that any data coming from user input is escaped before this data is passed to the exec(3) or system(3) functions, or to the backtick operator. Following characters are preceded by a backslash: #&;`|*?~<>^()[]{}$, x0A and xFF. ' and " are escaped only if they are not paired. In Windows, all these characters plus % are replaced by a space instead. PARAMETERS
o $command - The command that will be escaped. RETURN VALUES
The escaped string. EXAMPLES
Example #1 escapeshellcmd(3) example <?php // We allow arbitrary number of arguments intentionally here. $command = './configure '.$_POST['configure_options']; $escaped_command = escapeshellcmd($command); system($escaped_command); ?> Warning escapeshellcmd(3) should be used on the whole command string, and it still allows the attacker to pass arbitrary number of argu- ments. For escaping a single argument escapeshellarg(3) should be used instead. SEE ALSO
escapeshellarg(3), exec(3), popen(3), system(3), backtick operator. PHP Documentation Group ESCAPESHELLCMD(3)

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PREG_QUOTE(3)								 1							     PREG_QUOTE(3)

preg_quote - Quote regular expression characters

SYNOPSIS
string preg_quote NULL (string $str, [string $delimiter]) DESCRIPTION
preg_quote(3) takes $str and puts a backslash in front of every character that is part of the regular expression syntax. This is useful if you have a run-time string that you need to match in some text and the string may contain special regex characters. The special regular expression characters are: . + * ? [ ^ ] $ ( ) { } = ! < > | : - PARAMETERS
o $str - The input string. o $delimiter - If the optional $delimiter is specified, it will also be escaped. This is useful for escaping the delimiter that is required by the PCRE functions. The / is the most commonly used delimiter. RETURN VALUES
Returns the quoted (escaped) string. CHANGELOG
+--------+--------------------------------+ |Version | | | | | | | Description | | | | +--------+--------------------------------+ | 5.3.0 | | | | | | | The - character is now quoted | | | | +--------+--------------------------------+ EXAMPLES
Example #1 preg_quote(3) example <?php $keywords = '$40 for a g3/400'; $keywords = preg_quote($keywords, '/'); echo $keywords; // returns $40 for a g3/400 ?> Example #2 Italicizing a word within some text <?php // In this example, preg_quote($word) is used to keep the // asterisks from having special meaning to the regular // expression. $textbody = "This book is *very* difficult to find."; $word = "*very*"; $textbody = preg_replace ("/" . preg_quote($word, '/') . "/", "<i>" . $word . "</i>", $textbody); ?> NOTES
Note This function is binary-safe. SEE ALSO
PCRE Patterns, escapeshellcmd(3). PHP Documentation Group PREG_QUOTE(3)

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