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    What is this: base64_decode

    Any idea?? I am very confused - is it a reference to a backdoor?

    Just wondering thanks

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    It's a way of transferring data across the web, like UTF-8 and binary. Just search for it and you will find a lot of info.

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    thanks -

    I guess I was asking b/c a lot of the stuff I read was in a hacking context - and this line of php was from a wordpress blog i run, hence my concern....

    You reckon its not a hack or can this such transfer protocols suggest a breach?

    Here is the full line:

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    $imgData = base64_decode("R0lGODlhUAAMAIAAAP8AAP///yH5BAAHAP8ALAAAAABQAAwAA
    Thanks

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    Bit hard to explain in great detail in a short post but it basically base64 is text that represents something such as a string, file, filestream etc.

    The base64 text can then be sent via http, email etc. If you open a .eml (email file from outlook express) in something like notepad++ that has a file attached, you will see a long column of what appears to be random letters and numbers at the bottom. That is a base64 encoded file.

    At the other end, it can be decoded to restore the original content.
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    So seriously, loosen up that tie, let out the belt, and try relating to normal people on the street instead of the gentleman's club crowd.


 

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