Magento UI Component Magical Data Providers

Published: February 27, 2019


UI components are notoriously one of the most painful aspects of working with Magento 2.

One aspect that’s thrown me for a loop is the “magical data providers”. For example, if you look at vendor/dotdigital/dotmailer-magento2-extension/view/adminhtml/ui_component/dotdigitalgroup_order_grid.xml you’ll see the following…

<dataSource name="order_report_grid_data_source">
    <!--The data source-->
    <argument name="dataProvider" xsi:type="configurableObject">
        <argument name="class" xsi:type="string">Magento\Framework\View\Element\UiComponent\DataProvider\DataProvider</argument>

But how could the Magento\Framework\View\Element\UiComponent\DataProvider\DataProvider class be responsible for providing data to the order report grid?

On Magento Module Vulnerabilities

Published: February 7, 2019

The topic of Magento module security has been heating up. Here are just a few things that have happened recently:

I have some strong thoughts on the matter which I haven’t been shy about sharing in the past…

Here, I want to express them in long form.

FCGI_PARAMS FastCGI record format

Published: February 4, 2019


Recently I was trying update Gopherus’ FastCGI payload to clear PHP-FPM’s security.limit_extensions value. Using Wireshark I knew I needed to edit an FCGI_PARAMS record.

Screenshot showing an FCGI_PARAMS record in Wireshark

However, no matter how much time I spent with Google I couldn’t find a decent explanation of the format of a FCGI_PARAMS record.

Fortunately, after going through the a FCGI_PARAMS record byte-by-byte in Wireshark, I figured out what was going on. Here I’m documenting my findings for anyone else who finds them selves in the same shoes…

Inspecting FastCGI Packets with Wireshark

Published: January 30, 2019

Recently I needed to do some analysis on FastCGI packets being sent to PHP-FPM.

Wireshark has a page on their wiki titled FastCGI which shows a screenshot of a pcap in Wireshark with detailed FastCGI info.

Image from Wireshark FastCGI Wiki showing pcap with detailed FastCGI info

However, I couldn’t easily figure out from the wiki how to get the same details on my FastCGI pcap.

Screenshot showing a FastCGI pcap in Wireshark without proper FastCGI info

Xdebug Profiler Files Not In xdebug.profiler_output_dir

Published: January 17, 2019


Something that’s tripped up both myself and devs that I’ve worked with is not finding Xdebug profiler files in the expected directory (/tmp by default).

It usually goes something like this…

This may be accompanied by running a sanity check, only to be accompanied by more hair pulling…

$ php -r 'var_dump(ini_get("xdebug.profiler_output_dir"));'
string(4) "/tmp"

Resuming a Failed MySQL Import

Published: January 8, 2019


You may have a mysql import fail for any number of reasons. Most recently, I had an import fail with the following error.

ERROR 3 (HY000) at line 270457: Error writing file '/var/lib/mysqltmp/MLTmnake' (Errcode: 28 - No space left on device)

While the error implies that the disk ran out of space during import, the issue was in fact that the disk ran out of inodes.

Regardless of the reason of failure, you likely won’t want to start the import over from the beginning.

Here I’ll provide some tips for resuming the failed import.