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Opened 6 years ago

Last modified 6 years ago

#43393 new defect (bug)

get_user_by can return wrong user info

Reported by: hberberoglu's profile hberberoglu Owned by:
Milestone: Awaiting Review Priority: normal
Severity: normal Version:
Component: Users Keywords:
Focuses: performance Cc:


I am using memcached object cache dropin (I use and there is two user record on wp_users table; one user's user_login is 'AlbertEinstein' other one's is 'Albert Einstein'. So there is two different user.

But these codes below are returning always same user's info; AlbertEinstein's info.

$user_data = get_user_by('login', 'Albert Einstein');
$user_data = get_user_by('login', 'AlbertEinstein');

It happens because of memcached protocol;

For installs that use the memcache/memcached object-cache drop-in (and possibly others), the resulting wp_cache_get always returns false since a memcached key "... must not include control characters or whitespace." (per

(this copied from #39034)

Change History (2)

#1 @ocean90
6 years ago

  • Version 4.9.4 deleted

This is actually a bug in the drop-in caused by this line:
return preg_replace('/\s+/', '', WP_CACHE_KEY_SALT . "$prefix$group:$key"); .

Using a placeholder in cache keys rather than simply stripping out spaces would solve this.

#2 @hberberoglu
6 years ago

@ocean90 thanks for fast response. I agree with you and to solve this I'll do a code change on drop-in side. I do not know how WordPress's approach is in such cases.

If you say; the drop-in should solve this, then okay, you can close this ticket.

If you say; we can make changes on our code so that our users do not experience this problem, then keep this ticket open.

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