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From "bitfire (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (HTTPCLIENT-1489) Multiple, comma-separated challenges in WWW-Authenticate are not recognized
Date Sat, 22 Mar 2014 17:17:43 GMT

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bitfire commented on HTTPCLIENT-1489:
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{quote}What about commas in quoted strings? AFAICT commas are allowed there.{quote}
Yes, commas are allowed, but only when quoted.

{quote}And parsing quoted strings is not trivial either as it seems they can contain doubled
quotes.{quote}

What do you mean by "doubled quotes"? Quotation chars in values MUST be escaped to \" ("quoted-string"
definition), so the syntax is unambiguous.

{quote}
It looks like you can define your own AuthenticationStrategy, so you could subclass TargetAuthenticationStrategy
and override the getChallenges method.
{quote}
I could. In fact, I could also force preemptive authentication (so the problem doesn't even
occur). But I'm not looking for a dirty workaround for my specific project, but I want to
contribute to a standards-compliant solution that may also help others with the same problem.

{quote}
But as far as I can tell, in general it is not going to be trivial to split the header value
into multiple challenges.
{quote}
I don't think it's trivial, that's why I have suggested an algorithm above. What's your opionion
about it?

> Multiple, comma-separated challenges in WWW-Authenticate are not recognized
> ---------------------------------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: HTTPCLIENT-1489
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HTTPCLIENT-1489
>             Project: HttpComponents HttpClient
>          Issue Type: Bug
>          Components: HttpClient
>    Affects Versions: 4.3.3
>            Reporter: bitfire
>              Labels: authentication, parsing
>             Fix For: 4.4 Final
>
>
> As per RFC 2616, WWW-Authenticate may contain more than one challenge:
> »User agents are advised to take special care in parsing the WWW- Authenticate field
value as it might contain more than one challenge, or if more than one WWW-Authenticate header
field is provided, the contents of a challenge itself can contain a comma-separated list of
authentication parameters.« [https://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc2616#section-14.47]
> For instance, https://contacts.icloud.com returns such a WWW-Authenticate header:
> > GET / HTTP/1.1
> > Host: contacts.icloud.com
> > Accept: */*
> > 
> < HTTP/1.1 401 Unauthorized
> < ...
> < WWW-Authenticate: X-MobileMe-AuthToken realm="Newcastle", Basic realm="Newcastle"
> The X-MobileMe-AuthToken challenge is recognized by HttpClient, but the Basic challenge
is not. HttpClient logs when sending a GET request to https://contacts.icloud.com:
> [DEBUG] headers - http-outgoing-0 << HTTP/1.1 401 Unauthorized
> [DEBUG] headers - http-outgoing-0 << Date: Fri, 21 Mar 2014 19:20:14 GMT
> [DEBUG] headers - http-outgoing-0 << X-Apple-Request-UUID: d1d0aa7d-d651-4da2-be9f-595f1619db85
> [DEBUG] headers - http-outgoing-0 << X-Responding-Instance: carddav:12100701:st13p21ic-quav11230703:8001:14B52:125783
> [DEBUG] headers - http-outgoing-0 << WWW-Authenticate: X-MobileMe-AuthToken realm="Newcastle",
Basic realm="Newcastle"
> [DEBUG] headers - http-outgoing-0 << Content-Length: 0
> [DEBUG] MainClientExec - Connection can be kept alive indefinitely
> [DEBUG] HttpAuthenticator - Authentication required
> [DEBUG] HttpAuthenticator - contacts.icloud.com:443 requested authentication
> [INFO] TargetAuthenticationStrategy - GOT Auth header: X-MobileMe-AuthToken realm="Newcastle",
Basic realm="Newcastle"
> [DEBUG] TargetAuthenticationStrategy - Authentication schemes in the order of preference:
[negotiate, Kerberos, NTLM, Digest, Basic]
> [DEBUG] TargetAuthenticationStrategy - Challenge for negotiate authentication scheme
not available
> [DEBUG] TargetAuthenticationStrategy - Challenge for Kerberos authentication scheme not
available
> [DEBUG] TargetAuthenticationStrategy - Challenge for NTLM authentication scheme not available
> [DEBUG] TargetAuthenticationStrategy - Challenge for Digest authentication scheme not
available
> [DEBUG] TargetAuthenticationStrategy - Challenge for Basic authentication scheme not
available
> The Basic auth challenge is NOT recognized!
> Reason: org.apache.http.impl.client.AuthenticationStrategyImpl:getChallenges iterates
through the WWW-Authenticate HEADERS but doesn't take account that a single header may contain
multiple challenges.
> How to fix:
> Split and parse the WWW-Authenticate header correctly in org.apache.http.impl.client.AuthenticationStrategyImpl:getChallenges




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