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    I'm currently writing an php application (a bullitin board type thing) where users can enter different input via <input type=text> and <textarea>.
    After they have submitted their input others will be able to see it.

    At this time the user input is validated by the functions "StripSlashes" and "escaspeshellcmd".

    My questions is: what other security precautions (so that users cannot enter dangerous commands which could list directories, execute programs, etc.) should I consider before I let users enter and view their input on my pages where php, cgi and ssi is enabled.
    The pages are running on Unix/Apache 1.3.6

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    Hi Tom,

    For incoming data, the functions to look at (depending on your needs) are:
    addslashes(), trim()

    For sending user-created data back to the browser, you should look at:
    nl2br(), stripslashes(), htmlspecialchars(), and htmlentities

    Also look into magic quotes. This can be a big time saver.

    Oh, I forgot quotemeta().

    I hope I haven't left any out.

    -- Christopher

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