[pkg-php-pear] Bug#851771: php-gettext: CVE-2016-6175

Sunil Mohan Adapa sunil at medhas.org
Thu Jun 18 01:29:57 BST 2020

tag 851771 + patch


TT-RSS is an important application for FreedomBox and it continues to
use php-gettext library. TT-RSS is currently not available for testing.
It would be nice to have it back.

To address this, I have implemented a parser for the plurals expressions
instead of using the eval() method as discussed in the upstream bug as
solution. This patch is under the same license as php-gettext (GPLv2 or

- A simple operator-precedence parser that prioritizes simplicity and
readability. Avoid using eval() for evaluating plural expressions.
  - Fixes CVE-2016-6175.
  - Fixes upstream bug https://bugs.launchpad.net/php-gettext/+bug/1606184
  - Fixes Debian bug https://bugs.debian.org/851771

- Grammar for parsing code is same as the grammar for GNU gettext

- Extensive tests for various locales with help from Unicode's plurals
rules. Tests for invalid syntax and expression parsing.

This patch has been submitted upstream at
https://bugs.launchpad.net/php-gettext/+bug/1606184 . Please consider
applying the patch in Debian if the upstream doesn't do so shortly.


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