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Opened 8 years ago

Last modified 3 months ago

#6269 new defect (bug)

RSS Import Doesn't Properly Strip CDATA Tags

Reported by: sweetdeal Owned by:
Milestone: WordPress.org Priority: normal
Severity: normal Version: 2.3.3
Component: Import Keywords: dev-feedback has-patch
Focuses: Cc:


When importing an RSS feed that uses the <description> tag as opposed to <content:encoded>, I noticed that WP's RSS import doesn't strip the CDATA tags as it does for the <content:encoded>.

=========Code Lines (83-87)===============

if (!$post_content) {
// This is for feeds that put content in description
preg_match('|<description>(.*?)</description>|is', $post, $post_content);
$post_content = $wpdb->escape($this->unhtmlentities(trim($post_content[1])));


I tweaked the code to solve the problem (see below)

==========Tweaked Code===============

if (!$post_content) {
// This is for feeds that put content in description
preg_match('|<description>(.*?)</description>|is', $post, $post_content);
$post_content = str_replace(array ('<![CDATA[', ']]>'), '',$wpdb->escape($this->unhtmlentities(trim($post_content[1]))));


I'd be happy to submit a patch, except I'm not quite that savvy yet. It would be great it someone could incorporate it. Thanks.

Attachments (3)

rss.php (5.0 KB) - added by sweetdeal 8 years ago.
tweaked rss.php (import) file
6269.patch (615 bytes) - added by Viper007Bond 8 years ago.
.diff file of sweetdeal's rss.php modifications
rss-importer-rewrite.diff (19.7 KB) - added by solarissmoke 5 years ago.

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Change History (24)

8 years ago

tweaked rss.php (import) file

#1 @sweetdeal
8 years ago

Just an update -- I became savvy a few seconds after writing this and uploaded the tweaked rss.php file.

8 years ago

.diff file of sweetdeal's rss.php modifications

#2 @Viper007Bond
8 years ago

I'm not for or against this patch, I merely made a diff of the original vs. sweetdeal's copy as that's the preferred patch type.

#3 @sweetdeal
8 years ago

Thanks Viper007. :)

#4 @sweetdeal
8 years ago

  • Milestone changed from 2.6 to 2.5.1

#5 @Nazgul
8 years ago

  • Keywords has-patch added
  • Milestone changed from 2.5.1 to 2.6

Resetting the milestone to 2.6.

Fixes first go into the current development release and if they're deemed important/critical enough will be backported for maintenance releases.

#6 @thee17
7 years ago

  • Component changed from General to Import
  • Owner anonymous deleted

#7 @Denis-de-Bernardy
6 years ago

  • Keywords needs-patch added; has-patch removed

imo, better adding the CDATA stuff into the regexp and make it optional material, e.g.:


#8 @Denis-de-Bernardy
6 years ago

forgot the ! in the above regex, too.

#9 @azaozz
6 years ago

  • Milestone changed from 2.9 to Future Release

#10 @solarissmoke
5 years ago

  • Keywords dev-feedback added; rss import removed

I think the entire RSS importer needs an overhaul - it should stop parsing XML using regexes and switch to simplexml like the Wordpress importer ( #5460 ). I'm happy to spend some time on this, if there is traction?

#11 @nacin
5 years ago

I'm game for that.

#12 @solarissmoke
5 years ago

Cool. I'll work on it and ping you once it's ready. There are a few other tickets related to RSS import which I'll try and deal with as well.

#13 @Viper007Bond
5 years ago

It'll be nice to ditch all of this PHP4 code in favor of PHP5 sexiness.

#14 @solarissmoke
5 years ago

  • Keywords has-patch added; needs-patch removed

Right, here is an overhauled rss-importer. It has similar structure to wordpress-importer. Also addresses #7061 and #8982. Will probably need a bit of testing as the parser is from scratch.

Last edited 5 years ago by solarissmoke (previous) (diff)

#15 @duck_
5 years ago

Looks like you accidentally left in some testing code, the false &&:

if ( false &&extension_loaded( 'simplexml' ) ) {

#16 @solarissmoke
5 years ago

Whoops, yes! I'll replace it in a sec.

#17 @solarissmoke
5 years ago

Should also fix #9678 if there is indeed a bug there

#18 @SergeyBiryukov
3 years ago

  • Milestone changed from Future Release to WordPress.org

#19 @Viper007Bond
3 years ago

  • Milestone changed from WordPress.org to Future Release

Unless I'm mistaken, the WordPress.org milestone is for things affecting the actual WordPress.org website. This ticket is about WordPress the software, not WordPress the website.

#20 @SergeyBiryukov
3 years ago

  • Milestone changed from Future Release to WordPress.org

"Future Release" only applies to core, and importers are no longer a part of the core.

A special component is WordPress.org. In this milestone, we manage tickets for core plugins such as the importers (under the Plugins or Import components), current and former default themes (Bundled Theme component), and the WordPress.org site (component of the same name).


#21 @chriscct7
3 months ago

  • Priority changed from low to normal
  • Severity changed from minor to normal
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