PHP Code Question

Posted on 2011-09-28
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
The attached code works fine. This code basically pulls data from a MySQL database & displays it in a browser. At this time when a user pulls this form up it displays the path to the .php file (URL) in the browser...My question is, is there any way for me to hide the URL or maybe even the tail end of it? For instance, at this time when it is pulled up in a browser it shows http://myserver/myfolder/thisfile.php

Is there any a way for me to add something to the attahced code to hide the thisfile.php at the end of the URL?
<body bgcolor="#03EBA6"> 


<h2>Welcome <?php echo $login_session; ?></h2> 

<b><p><h5><a href="slogout.php">LOG OUT</a> </h5></p>
This area displays employees supervised by John Doe.

<title> PETS</title>

<title> PETS</title>
	   <table border='7'>

<th>First Name</th>
<th>Last Name</th>
<th>6-Month Review Date</th>
<th>Eval Due Date</th>
<th>Eval Due to Emp</th>
<th>Eval Due to the Man</th>
<th>Eval Due to Per Spec</th>
<th>Last Increase Date</th>
<th>Current L/S</th>
<th>Step Promo Due Date</th>
<th>Next L/S</th>
<th>Last Rating</th>
<th>Last Eval Date</th>


if (isset($_GET['op']) && $_GET['op'] == "d") 
if($_GET['op'] == "d" && !empty($_GET['id']) )
   $query="UPDATE hr_info SET status = '0' WHERE hrid={$_GET['id']}";
   $result = mysql_query($query) or die(mysql_error());  

$query="SELECT hrid, f_name, l_name, eval_due_date, SUBDATE( `eval_due_date`, INTERVAL 6 MONTH) as `six_months_prior_date`, ADDDATE( `eval_due_date`, INTERVAL 7 DAY) as `due_2_emp`, ADDDATE( `eval_due_date`, INTERVAL 14 DAY) as `due_2_chf`, ADDDATE( `eval_due_date`, INTERVAL 44 DAY) as `due_2_ps`, gscl, lwlr, wgdd, rating, nls, last_eval_date FROM hr_info WHERE status ='1' AND supervisor = 'john doe' ORDER BY eval_due_date ";
$result = mysql_query($query) or die(mysql_error());  
while($row = mysql_fetch_array( $result )) {
						<td><?php echo "".$row['f_name']; ?></td>
                        <td><?php echo "".$row['l_name']; ?></td>						
                        <td><?php echo "".$row['six_months_prior_date']; ?></td>
						<td><?php echo "".$row['eval_due_date']; ?></td>
						<td><?php echo "".$row['due_2_emp']; ?></td>
						<td><?php echo "".$row['due_2_chf']; ?></td>
						<td><?php echo "".$row['due_2_ps']; ?></td>
						<td><?php echo "".$row['lwlr']; ?></td>
						<td><?php echo "".$row['gscl']; ?></td>
						<td><?php echo "".$row['wgdd']; ?></td>
						<td><?php echo "".$row['nls']; ?></td>
						<td><?php echo "".$row['rating']; ?></td>
						<td><?php echo "".$row['last_eval_date']; ?></td>
<?php } ?>            

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Question by:wantabe2
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Expert Comment

ID: 36719800
What you could do is using POST instead of GET and then put both the form and the PHP code in the same file.
<form method="post" action="">
<input name="myname">

if(isset($_POST['myname'])) {
$myname = $_POST['myname'];
$find = mysql_query("select * FROM names WHERE name = '$myname'");
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Expert Comment

by:Ray Paseur
ID: 36719901
I am not sure I understand what you are trying to hide, but I can tell you that these lines do not make sense.

if (isset($_GET['op']) && $_GET['op'] == "d")
if($_GET['op'] == "d" && !empty($_GET['id']) )
   $query="UPDATE hr_info SET status = '0' WHERE hrid={$_GET['id']}";
   $result = mysql_query($query) or die(mysql_error());  

There is never a case when you want to modify the data model on the basis of a GET request; that is a violation of the HTTP protocols.  Consider what would happen if a hacker ran a script that had this:

$id = 0;
while ($id < 1000000)

Poof - the script has just clobbered your first million rows.

So if you find that changing to POST is the thing you want, here is another reason to do it!

Best regards, ~Ray
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Expert Comment

by:Dave Baldwin
ID: 36720061
Renaming or rewriting the file name is done by the server.  Nothing you can add to the PHP file to do that.  In addition, line 48 does nothing at all.  I would have thought it would show an error.
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Expert Comment

by:Ray Paseur
ID: 36720155
@Dave, I think this is more or less what the author meant near line 48.
if (isset($_GET["op"]))
    if ($_GET["op"] == 'd')
        if (!empty($_GET["id"]))
            $id  = mysql_real_escape_string($_GET["id"]);
            $sql = "UPDATE hr_info SET status = '0' WHERE hrid = '$id' LIMIT 1";
            $res = mysql_query($sql) or die(mysql_error());
            $num = mysql_affected_rows($res);
            if (!$num) echo "DID NOT FIND hr_info FOR hrid = $id";

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Accepted Solution

neorush earned 500 total points
ID: 36720214
You can accomplish something like this with Apache's mod_rewrite.  If you are on a linux / unix server you are probably using apache, and you probably have mod_rewrite available.  Create or edit a .htaccess file in the root of your site and add  / edit this and then visit something like: http://myserver/AnythingIWantHere
##### SITE REWRITES ######
RewriteEngine on
RewriteRule ^AnythingIWantHere$ /myfolder/thisfile.php [L]

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Author Comment

ID: 36891178
I am using WAMP on a Windows this still possible?

Expert Comment

ID: 36892508
Yeah, apache is apache, you just need the rewrite module installed.

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