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#1037 – Parse error: syntax error, unexpected '[' in /home/gardinie/public_html/administrator/components/com_littlehelper/models/htaccess.php on line 272

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Tuesday, 22 December 2015 08:24 UTC
Hi there, Just upgraded to Little Helper 2.4 and went to check out the Security tab since you mentioned it in your blog...and I get this: Parse error: syntax error, unexpected '[' in /home/gardinie/public_html/administrator/components/com_littlehelper/models/htaccess.php on line 272Just thought you should know...Also this is using Uber Joomlart template/framework if that helps... If relevant, give us some technical details to reproduce the issue you're reporting Joomla version: 3.4.7 PHP version: 5.3.29 Server: (apache/iis and version) 2.2 Server OS: (win/linux/osx) Linux CentOS.   I Tried to shorten the title to PARSE ERROR - line 272 but once you create a Ticket, you can't edit it's title :(
Tuesday, 22 December 2015 09:54 UTC

Hi Emmanuel,

thank you for the bug report, alas I am not able to reproduce it; also, possibly it was solved already as I was working on version 2.4.2; can you download it and see if it fixes the issue? also see here for the expected result.

You wrote you're running version 5.3.29 of PHP, that is a bit too old and dangerous, you should switch to 5.5 at least, ensure it's up to date, the latest vulnerability fixed in Joomla 3.4.7 relies on insecurities in older php versions.

Tuesday, 22 December 2015 10:11 UTC
Hi there,   Updated to v2.4.2, and now the error says:Parse error: syntax error, unexpected '[' in /home/gardinie/public_html/administrator/components/com_littlehelper/models/htaccess.php on line 367I know that PHP 5.3.29 is a bit too old but I have a few domains on that server which are slow to upgrade, I should have them all migrated very soon but until that happens I am on 5.3.29 sadly.   Cheers,   Emmanuel.
Tuesday, 22 December 2015 10:22 UTC

Ok can you try downloading 2.4.2 again? since it's only a minor change and it was downloaded 5 times only I won't change the number

Tuesday, 22 December 2015 10:28 UTC
I updated on top of 2.4.2 and it didn't seem to do anything and gave:Parse error: syntax error, unexpected '[' in /home/gardinie/public_html/administrator/components/com_littlehelper/models/htaccess.php on line 390so I then uninstalled it and re-installed it and still the same error:Parse error: syntax error, unexpected '[' in /home/gardinie/public_html/administrator/components/com_littlehelper/models/htaccess.php on line 390Cheers, Emmanuel.
Tuesday, 22 December 2015 11:28 UTC

Ooops I missed the other uses, it's just a syntax problem. I searched all the models, the error should not be there.

Instead of overwriting the same file while it's public, I thought it would be best to finish this compatibility test and then publish at once, so I don't have mis-aligned versions out. Can you please  download from thank you

Tuesday, 22 December 2015 16:28 UTC
Hi there, (clap) it works, it installs and doesn't crash with an error message.... however, it seems to be a runaway php process... It ran for like 5-6 minutes on a smaller ecommerce website, I then logged into WHM to see what it was doing in terms of CPU Usage and was hitting 89-98%, I tried killing the Apache process and no go... after 10 minutes-ish, it finally disappeared from the process list... the attached image is what it looked like before disappearing.What is odd is that no matter how many times I tried to kill all processes for processs 29089, it wouldn't disappear. before being just [php], it used to say the full path of the Joomla index.php where [php] was displayed: /home/gardinie/public_html/administrator/index.php  I figured it was worth mentioning... 
Tuesday, 22 December 2015 17:25 UTC


the process is indeed very intensive and slow; killing it might require killing php besides apache. I'm working on a version to make it dramatically faster but it will take a few days to get it ready.

I have run it on a smaller hosting server and it took 25 minutes to run.  Maybe you'd be better off waiting for the next version, as this was created for usage on our own servers (so we can configure php timeouts or kill processes from the console easily), while the new version will be ajax and slow-server-friendly.

Sorry for the inconvenience, and thank you again for the bug escalation, I will let you know as soon as I make some progress on the malware function.

Kind regards


Tuesday, 12 January 2016 02:40 UTC
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