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From "Martin Cooper (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] Commented: (FILEUPLOAD-168) read form field parameters even if maxSize has been exceeded
Date Tue, 14 Oct 2008 15:00:44 GMT


Martin Cooper commented on FILEUPLOAD-168:

The semantic of sizeMax is specifically "the maximum allowed size of a complete request".
That is, if the complete request is larger than sizeMax, regardless of how many files or fields
are being uploaded within it, it is rejected, because that is exactly what sizeMax is defined
to do.

The semantic of fileSizeMax is "the maximum size permitted for a single uploaded file", which
allows the processing of the entire request, but rejecting any individual files that exceed
the specified maximum size for a single file.

Most of the issues being raised in this report could be resolved by simply using fileSizeMax
instead of sizeMax. Trying to use sizeMax for this does not make sense, because it does not
make sense to allow a request to be processed that specifically violates the semantic of sizeMax.

If that still doesn't satisfy, the streaming mode was implemented to provide more flexibility
than sizeMax and fileSize Max can do on their own, so if you need that additional flexibility,
the streaming mode was designed for you.

> read form field parameters even if maxSize has been exceeded
> ------------------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: FILEUPLOAD-168
>                 URL:
>             Project: Commons FileUpload
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>         Environment: commons fileupload 1.2.2-SNAPSHOT
>            Reporter: Paul Rivera
>         Attachments: fileupload1.patch, fileupload2.patch
> Hi!
> This issue is similar to FILEUPLOAD-140.  I can't seem to reopen it so I created a new
one instead.  FILEUPLOAD-140 was marked as resolve by using the streaming API, if I'm not
mistaken.  No change was done.  But I disagree on the resolution of simply using the streaming
API (as detailed in
> First of all, I tried to upload a big file exceeding maxSize with streaming API and got
the SizeLimitExceededException even before ANY parameter has been read.  
> ServletFileUpload.getItemIterator() calls FileUploadBase.getItemIterator() which creates
a new FileItemIteratorImpl().  In the constructor code of FileItemIteratorImpl, it already
checks for the requestSize and throws SizeLimitExceededException if sizeMax is exceeded.
> I'd like to open this discussion again and hope that in the end, we can have either:
>   - form field parameters BEFORE the file parameter will still get read if requestSize
is greater than sizeMax and then terminate once we reach the file
>   - all form field parameters will still get read if requestSize is greater than sizeMax.
 But, we should skip reading the body of the files and proceed to the next 'boundary' so as
not to keep the user waiting, if ever this is possible. (preferred)
> Then, we should also apply the same improvement into PortletFileUpload.

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