[thelist] [PHP] Visiting a page in the background?

Christian Heilmann codepo8 at gmail.com
Fri May 2 10:18:53 CDT 2008

kasimir-k wrote:
>> kasimir-k wrote:
>>> A lot easier is to use file() or file_get_contents()
> Christian Heilmann scribeva in 2008-05-02 11:51:
>> Most PHP setups will not allow you to open a file on another server 
>> though
> They don't allow filesystem access, but if fopen wrappers have been 
> enabled (which I believe usually is the case) then one can make 
> read-only HTTP GET requests with file() and file_get_contents() (and 
> fopen() etc.)
> .k
That's what I thought and MediaTemple shut that feature down without 
warning me, breaking some of my badges.

The reason was that there was a WordPress vulnerability that allowed you 
to write out files which then pulled automailer scripts from a third 
party server.

Curl is very much full of awesome, and quite a good skill to learn.


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