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Opened 2 years ago

Closed 22 months ago

#55877 closed defect (bug) (fixed)

wp_insert_post() should check that a post type exists before using it

Reported by: chouby's profile Chouby Owned by: sergeybiryukov's profile SergeyBiryukov
Milestone: 6.1 Priority: normal
Severity: normal Version: 5.1
Component: Posts, Post Types Keywords: has-patch needs-unit-tests
Focuses: Cc:


In #27335 it was accepted that wp_insert_post() can insert a post from an unknown post type - although not consistent with wp_insert_term() which returns a WP_Error for an invalid taxonomy but that's another issue.

Later, 42380 introduced some usage of the post type object inside wp_insert_post(), still without checking that the post type exists.

Thus writing a test including:

$args = array(
        'post_title'  => 'My post',
        'post_type'   => 'unregistered',
        'post_status' => 'pending'
$post_id = wp_insert_post( $args );

will fire the error Trying to get property 'cap' of non-object.

Attachments (1)

55877.patch (729 bytes) - added by Chouby 2 years ago.

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Change History (6)

2 years ago

#1 @Chouby
2 years ago

  • Keywords has-patch added

The proposed patch fixes the PHP error still maintaining the possibility to insert post of invalid post types.

#2 @SergeyBiryukov
2 years ago

  • Keywords needs-unit-tests added
  • Milestone changed from Awaiting Review to 6.1

#3 @mukesh27
2 years ago

Hi there!

I reproduced the issue fresh WordPress with the 6.1-alpha-53451 version and it is one additional warning.

PHP Warning: Attempt to read property "publish_posts" on null in wp-includes\post.php on line 4158

After the 55877.patch patch it will now show any error in log.

#4 @rafiahmedd
2 years ago

@mukesh27 it looks good. I just have a suggestion here, I think it will be good if we make our if condition like this {{{#!php

if (  ! empty( $post_type_object )  && ! $update && 'pending' === $post_status && ! current_user_can( $post_type_object->cap->publish_posts ) )


As we are checking the $post_type_object first so whenever it will be null then it won't go to the second condition and it will save some time.


Version 1, edited 2 years ago by rafiahmedd (previous) (next) (diff)

#5 @SergeyBiryukov
22 months ago

  • Owner set to SergeyBiryukov
  • Resolution set to fixed
  • Status changed from new to closed

In 53771:

Posts, Post Types: Check if the post type exists in wp_insert_post().

This avoids an Attempt to read property "cap" on null PHP warning when checking an unregistered post type's publish_posts capability to disallow contributors setting the post slug for pending posts.

Follow-up to [9055], [42380].

Props Chouby, mukesh27, rafiahmedd, SergeyBiryukov.
Fixes #55877.

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