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From "Michael Gardner (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (HTTPCLIENT-1700) CookieSpecBase & empty cookie names
Date Wed, 02 Dec 2015 22:40:11 GMT

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Michael Gardner commented on HTTPCLIENT-1700:

{{RFC2965Spec}} is the other place where an exception is thrown in this case. My reading of
that spec is that although the NAME=VALUE pair is required, there's no requirement about what
to do with an empty NAME.

So I would argue for the same behavior here as well, for the same reasons.

> CookieSpecBase & empty cookie names
> -----------------------------------
>                 Key: HTTPCLIENT-1700
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HTTPCLIENT-1700
>             Project: HttpComponents HttpClient
>          Issue Type: Bug
>          Components: HttpCookie
>    Affects Versions: 4.5.1, 4.5.2
>            Reporter: Michael Gardner
>            Priority: Minor
> As of HTTPCLIENT-1695, {{RFC6265CookieSpec}} accepts cookies with empty names. However,
{{DefaultCookieSpec}} doesn't always choose this parser when it encounters such a cookie,
and since {{CookieSpecBase}} rejects empty cookie names, we can end up with the same result
unless we specify {{RFC6265CookieSpec}} explicitly (not ideal if we need to deal with a variety
of sources).
> In the interests of robustness, I would argue that {{CookieSpecBase}} should similarly
ignore cookie with empty names rather than throw an exception ("be conservative in what you
send, liberal in what you accept").
> Alternatively, {{DefaultCookieSpec}} could detect such cookies and parse them via {{RFC6265CookieSpec}};
but that would be more complex and might lead to other issues.

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