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Getting Intimate With PHP's Mail() Function

Interested in sending advanced email using PHP's mail() function, or even by piping output directly to sendmail? If so, make sure you take a look at Steve's comprehensive tutorial on sending email with PHP.

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By: Steve Knoblock
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January 02, 2003
  1. · Getting Intimate With PHP's Mail() Function
  2. · The Mail() Function Explained
  3. · Talking to Sendmail
  4. · Getting Mail From a Form
  5. · Conclusion

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Getting Intimate With PHP's Mail() Function - Conclusion
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Send mail using PHP and the mail() function is easy enough, but you still need to make sure that user input is “screened” before it is used to actually send the email. Don’t get caught in the trap on simply grabbing user input and feeding it to the mail() function, because as I said, if a user knows a combination of Unix shell meta-characters then they can easily compromise the security of your web server -– and you will be liable for it. Not your web host!
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