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PHPExcel User Documentation – Reading Spreadsheet Files

Security

XML-based formats such as OfficeOpen XML, Excel2003 XML, OASIS and Gnumeric are susceptible to XML External Entity Processing (XXE) injection attacks (for an explanation of XXE injection see http://websec.io/2012/08/27/Preventing-XEE-in-PHP.html) when reading spreadsheet files. This can lead to:

To prevent this, PHPExcel sets libxml_disable_entity_loader to true for the XML-based Readers by default.