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Opened 6 weeks ago

Last modified 6 weeks ago

#61161 new defect (bug)

current_user_can fatal error

Reported by: kkmuffme's profile kkmuffme Owned by:
Milestone: Awaiting Review Priority: normal
Severity: major Version: trunk
Component: Role/Capability Keywords:
Focuses: Cc:


current_user_can uses internally, however this function is only loaded only much after current_user_can is declared. This means using current_user_can on e.g. mu_plugins_loaded or plugin_loaded hook will result in a fatal error.

Changing the wp_get_current_user() call in there to _wp_get_current_user() fixes that issue, but then it fails on wp_set_current_user() which is pluggable too.

Change History (2)

#1 @siliconforks
6 weeks ago

Note that it has always been documented that the earliest you can access the current user is in the init action.

So I would not expect it to work before init. (But it might make more sense to display a useful error message instead of crashing due to a missing function.)

#2 @kkmuffme
6 weeks ago

I know, but the problem is that this can accidentally make a plugin break another plugin or WP core alltogether with a fatal error.

e.g. plugin A:

function my_cb_a( $value ) {
    if ( isset( $_GET['foo'] ) && current_user_can( 'administrator' ) ) {
        return 'UTF-8';

    return $value;
add_filter( 'pre_option_blog_charset', 'my_cb_a' );

plugin B:

function my_cb_b() {
    $example = get_option( 'blog_charset' );
add_action( 'plugins_loaded', 'my_cb_b' );
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