This is an extract of code from a wordpress plugin. Is it safe to run despite the variables not being filtered? Also does the wpdb class filter to prevent any injection?

list($email_id, $user_id, $url, $anchor) = explode(';', base64_decode($_GET['r']), 4);
        'email_id' => $email_id,
        'user_id' => $user_id,
        'url' => $url,
        'anchor' => $anchor

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wpdb::_insert_replace_helper() will escape the data:

return $this->query( $this->prepare( $sql, $data ) );

But still … the base64 encoded string looks odd. That should have been four separate parameters, I think.

  • Plus, the base64 code is retrieved from a $_GET query far! Do not use this code!
    – shea
    Jan 10, 2013 at 8:28
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    @bungeshea There is nothing wrong per se with base 64, it is just hard to read.
    – fuxia
    Jan 10, 2013 at 10:46
  • I know that base64 in itself is okay, but the retrieving-from-$_GET part bothered me.
    – shea
    Jan 10, 2013 at 10:59

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