I would like to get images from other websites.

This is my current method but I'm not sure if it is alright.

  header('Content-Type: '.image_type_to_mime_type(exif_imagetype($_GET['url'])));

If not, how should I do it?

  • \$\begingroup\$ What is this code supposed to do? Why don't you use the URL o the image directly? \$\endgroup\$ Apr 7, 2016 at 22:51
  • \$\begingroup\$ Because of the Same-origin policy \$\endgroup\$
    – Tamás
    Apr 8, 2016 at 10:45
  • \$\begingroup\$ To my knowledge, the Same-origin policy applies to Javascript, not to images. \$\endgroup\$ Apr 8, 2016 at 12:21
  • \$\begingroup\$ Yep, but I you use JS for sourcing (I think I need to, the user gives the source), so (I guess) it need to be on the same origin. \$\endgroup\$
    – Tamás
    Apr 8, 2016 at 12:38
  • \$\begingroup\$ Then maybe you should update the title of your question (it only mention images at this moment). \$\endgroup\$ Apr 8, 2016 at 21:50

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Your code is vulnerable to LFI and XSS.


This would load the local file /etc/passwd and display it.


This would load and display the remote file xss.php, which would lead to XSS.

For better solutions, see eg here. When outputting images, you should use the image output functions such as imagejpeg, not generic file loading functions.

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    \$\begingroup\$ +and checking the mime type \$\endgroup\$
    – Tamás
    Apr 7, 2016 at 10:08
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    \$\begingroup\$ Local File Injection and Remote File Injection. It basically means that anyone can "inject" (load) remote or local files (files from your server) into your script. \$\endgroup\$
    – Oldskool
    Apr 7, 2016 at 10:08
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    \$\begingroup\$ @HalasiTomi local file inclusion and remote file inclusion. My first example is an example of LFI, my second one of RFI. And no, only allowing absolute URLs will not help against RFI (if done correctly, it may help against LFI). \$\endgroup\$
    – tim
    Apr 7, 2016 at 10:09
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    \$\begingroup\$ @HalasiTomi Mime type checking is difficult. I would not use it as your only line of defense. \$\endgroup\$
    – tim
    Apr 7, 2016 at 10:11
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    \$\begingroup\$ Which part of the code causes remote code execution? I can see maybe that there might be a problem with XSS but I don't see how this causes PHP code to be executed. \$\endgroup\$
    – arxanas
    Apr 7, 2016 at 22:26

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