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From Jörgen Rydenius (JIRA) <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Reopened: (HTTPCLIENT-923) NetscapeDraftSpec is too strict about cookie expires date format
Date Fri, 05 Mar 2010 13:16:35 GMT

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Jörgen Rydenius reopened HTTPCLIENT-923:
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Thank you for a prompt solution! But I think you missed my intention here. I was not requesting
that the NetscapeDraftSpec should only accept 2 digit years. That breaks a whole bunch of
other web servers that use 4 digit years (for example tomcat!). I wanted it to accept 2 OR
4 digit years, since both ways are present in the standard document. Try 2 digit patter first
and if it comes back malformed, use the 4 digit pattern by using the DateUtil.parseDate()
utility.

> NetscapeDraftSpec is too strict about cookie expires date format
> ----------------------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: HTTPCLIENT-923
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HTTPCLIENT-923
>             Project: HttpComponents HttpClient
>          Issue Type: Bug
>          Components: HttpClient
>    Affects Versions: 4.0.1
>            Reporter: Jörgen Rydenius
>            Priority: Minor
>             Fix For: 4.1 Alpha2
>
>
> The Netscape Draft specification (http://curl.haxx.se/rfc/cookie_spec.html) specifies
clearly that the date format for Set-Cookie expires is "Wdy, DD-Mon-YYYY HH:MM:SS GMT". But
on the other hand, in the examples section of the same document, the only example header that
contains "Expires" is the following:
> Set-Cookie: CUSTOMER=WILE_E_COYOTE; path=/; expires=Wednesday, 09-Nov-99 23:12:40 GMT
> Note that the weekday is fully spelled out and that the year is written as two digits
only. I would say that the specification therefore makes the 2 or 4 digit year optional. I
think NetscapeDraftSpec should reflect this. An example of a product that uses the 2 digit
version is jetty 6 and 7. When using httpclient 4 talking to a jetty server, any Set-Cookie
headers for persistent cookies will be interpreted as a 4 digit year in the date and the cookie
will immediately be disregarded as expired by some 2,000 years or so. Httpclient 3 on the
other hand had no problem understanding the persistent cookies from jetty. I filed a bug report
https://bugs.eclipse.org/bugs/show_bug.cgi?id=304698 on jetty to change their date format,
but on the other hand I also think httpclient 4 is too strict about the date format when even
the original specification uses two alternatives.
> Workaround is easy by setting CookieSpecPNames.DATE_PATTERNS, but I really think that
projects like jetty and httpclient should be compatible by default. Also, since the date format
used by jetty is parsable but misinterpreted and disregarded by httpclient makes it especially
hard to detect the first time on encounters the problem.

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