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Is it possible to make the url index.php?view=something back into /something ?

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Yes. The rewrite rules can manipulate any data it's given. You can't recover data lost in a previous rewrite (usually). –  Chris S Dec 27 '10 at 1:49

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RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} [&?]view=([^&]*)
RewriteRule index.php$ /%1

Note that, if you're not careful, a crafty attacker might be able to abuse this; for example, by generating arbitrary URIs by passing parameters to "view". Appropriate precautions should be taken.

Also, you might want to append an [L], [R], or [R=301] to the RewriteRule (or a combination thereof), depending on your exact intent.

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As long as the URL is rewritten to the same server, how can this technique be abused? (curious because this is how I do it on my website). –  sirlancelot Dec 27 '10 at 2:23
One example off the top of my head: let's say you wanted to let rewritten index.php's be deeper than "/", so you had a rule like RewriteRule index.php$ %1 [L,R]. Imagine if I gave you the URI http://www.yoursite.com/dir/index.php?view=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.evilattackersite.co‌​m—what happens? –  BMDan Dec 27 '10 at 2:53
haha the views are already set. –  Kyle Dec 27 '10 at 22:05

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