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From "Jan Engehausen (Created) (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Created] (CXF-4231) Incorrect handling of "If-None-Match" and "If-Modified-Since" request header combination
Date Thu, 05 Apr 2012 20:52:22 GMT
Incorrect handling of "If-None-Match" and "If-Modified-Since" request header combination

                 Key: CXF-4231
             Project: CXF
          Issue Type: Bug
          Components: JAX-RS
    Affects Versions: 2.5
            Reporter: Jan Engehausen

I have a case where I set both a (weak) "ETag" and a "Last-Modified" response header. I noticed
that, EntityTag) unexpectedly returns
response builder with status code 304 when the ETags differ but the last modified dates are
identical. This is because after the failing check against the ETag the current code simply
the check against the timestamp. According to RFC 2616, section 14.26 (
"If none of the entity tags match, then the server MAY perform the requested method as if
the If-None-Match header field did not exist, but MUST also ignore any If-Modified-Since header
field(s) in the request. That is, if no entity tags match, then the server MUST NOT return
a 304 (Not Modified) response."
This is currently not the case.
This code change works for my case, but some deeper thought needs to be given to possible
request header combinations (If-Match/If-None-Match and If-Modified-Since):
    public ResponseBuilder evaluatePreconditions(Date lastModified, EntityTag eTag) {
        final ResponseBuilder rb = evaluatePreconditions(eTag);
        if (rb != null) {
            // the ETag conditions match; so now conditions for last modified must match
            return evaluatePreconditions(lastModified);
        } else {
            // the ETag conditions do not match, so last modified should be ignored
            // see (section 14.26 for
            // "If-None-Match", behavior not specified for "If-Match", section 14.24)
            return null;
I assume that the most typical behavior for a browser is to send If-None-Match and If-Modified-Since,
and this case is currently not working.

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