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HTTP::Daemon message header restriction causes failure with Norto n Internet Security

Bridget Almas
April 21, 2003 11:57
HTTP::Daemon message header restriction causes failure with Norto n Internet Security
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The get_request() method of HTTP::Daemon (version 1.26) does not comply with
the HTTP 1.1 spec regarding the field-name component of message headers.
This is causing HTTP::Daemon to fail in environments running the Norton
Internet Security firewall product.


Per the HTTP 1.1 spec (at
<> ): 


  message-header = field-name ":" [ field-value ]

  field-name     = token


The HTTP 1.1 spec further defines "token" to be:


  token          = 1*<any CHAR except CTLs or separators>

  separators     = "(" | ")" | "<" | ">" | "@"

                 | "," | ";" | ":" | "\" | <">

                 | "/" | "[" | "]" | "?" | "="

                 | "{" | "}" | SP | HT


  CTL            = <any US-ASCII control character

                 (octets 0 - 31) and DEL (127)>

  SP             = <US-ASCII SP, space (32)>

  HT             = <US-ASCII HT, horizontal-tab (9)>


However, HTTP::Daemon::get_request() restricts field-names to those that
match the following regex:




This causes HTTP::Daemon to improperly truncate posts from environments
running the Norton Internet Security Firewall, which adds a header that
looks something like:  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~: ~~~~~ ~~~~~~~

When HTTP::Daemon::get_request() encounters this header, it assumes that it
should quit processing headers and begin processing the message body.  This
causes the remaining headers to be ignored.


The following regex fixes the problem and is in compliance with the HTTP 1.1



Note that the inclusion of \s* before the : is actually in violation of the
HTTP 1.1 spec, so to be in strict compliance it probably should be removed. 


Bridget Almas

Ovid Technologies Inc.


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