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Bug #17578 Fail to read some POSIX tar files
Submitted: 2010-07-11 23:27 UTC
From: miketee99 Assigned: mrook
Status: No Feedback Package: Archive_Tar (version 1.3.7)
PHP Version: 5.3.1 OS: tested on Linux and MaxOSX
Roadmaps: (Not assigned)    

 [2010-07-11 23:27 UTC] miketee99 (Michel Terese)
Description: ------------ Some POSIX tar files generated by non GNU tar programs (IBM AIX) cannot be read by Archive_Tar. The cause is the following: The end-of-archive entry not checked. Detailed explanation: As described in the tar format (, a tar archive must end with "an end-of-archive entry, which consists of two 512 blocks of zero bytes". In the current stable version 1.3.7, the Archive_Tar package don't check the end-of-archive entry assuming that the tar archive ends at the end of the tar file. Generally, there is no more blocks in the tar file beyond the end-of-archive entry (which would be useless). But, it happens, sometimes, for an unknown reason, that tar files generated on AIX 5.3.3, have some garbage blocks appended, after the end-of-archive entry. In that case, the Archive_Tar package attempt to read inconsistent data beyond the end of the archive which leads the read methods to fail. I fixed this, and I do some minor improvements in the block checksum calculation which can be significant with tar archives containing a huge quantity of files. Test script: --------------- <?php require_once( 'Archive/Tar.php' ); PEAR::setErrorHandling(PEAR_ERROR_PRINT); $tar= new Archive_Tar( 'some_tar_file.tar' ); if ( ($v_list= $tar->listContent() ) != 0 ) { for ( $i= 0; $i < sizeof( $v_list ); $i++ ) { echo $v_list[$i]['filename']."\n"; } } ?> Expected result: ---------------- ... The list of the files contained in the tar file ... Actual result: -------------- Invalid checksum for file "t;font-family:"Bookman Old Style";color:navy'><![if !supportEmptyParas]> <![endif]><o:p></o:p>" : 43686 calculated, 1 expected (of course, the name of the file reported depends on the content of the tar file)


 [2010-07-11 23:54 UTC] miketee99 (Michel Terese)
 [2010-07-12 00:01 UTC] miketee99 (Michel Terese)
-Operating System: tested on Linux et MaxOSX +Operating System: tested on Linux and MaxOSX
All the modified and added code lines are delimited by comments like: // BEGIN !!== Modified/Added by Michel TERESE ==!! ... // END !!== Modified/Added by Michel TERESE ==!! The submitted patch can be applied by: patch -p1 Tar.php.patch
 [2010-09-03 20:01 UTC] kevinoid (Kevin Locke)
I was just bit by this bug as well. Note that the POSIX ustar format spec also refers to these 0 blocks as an "end of archive indicator" implying data after should be ignored. Note also that there are programs which only generate a single 0-block to indicate the end of archive and this case is supported by GNU tar (with a warning) and Python tarfile (no warning) and probably others (those are the only ones I checked).
 [2010-10-06 00:04 UTC] mrook (Michiel Rook)
-Status: Open +Status: Assigned -Assigned To: +Assigned To: mrook -Roadmap Versions: +Roadmap Versions: 1.3.8
Thanks for the patch!
 [2016-04-28 13:09 UTC] mrook (Michiel Rook)
-Roadmap Versions: +Roadmap Versions: 1.4.3
 [2017-02-08 14:34 UTC] mrook (Michiel Rook)
Michel, looks like I can't access your patch (anymore). Any chance you could submit this as a pull request to
 [2018-09-19 17:55 UTC] mrook (Michiel Rook)
-Status: Assigned +Status: No Feedback
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