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From "Peter Darton" <pet...@intrinsica.co.uk>
Subject Error in jcr-server Webdav HTTP headers
Date Fri, 02 Dec 2005 10:05:01 GMT
At present, DAV Explorer won't log in to the JCR WebDav servlet - it
doesn't even ask for a username & password.  (Neither the Microsoft
WinXP WebDAV & Novell's NetDrive were as fussy and were happy to log in)
Using Ethereal, I compared the traffic for a valid Slide WebDav login
compared to a JCR WebDav login.

I've now found and fixed the problem on my local build, and I've now got
DAV Explorer to work with JCR Webdav.  Here's a description of the

er/AbstractWebdavServlet.java, there is a public static final String
This is currently set to "Basic Realm=Jackrabbit Webdav Server".

This is not a valid string for use in this context as it is in breach of
RFC2617 for 2 reasons:
1) "Realm" should be "realm"
2) "Jackrabbit Webdav Server" should be in quotes, i.e. "\"Jackrabbit
Webdav Server\""
According to http://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc2617.txt, a valid challenge
would be:
   WWW-Authenticate: Basic realm="WallyWorld"
Note that "realm" is not capitalised and "WallyWorld" has been enclosed
in quotes.

In other words, AbstractWebdavServlet.java line 82, which currently
    public static final String DEFAULT_AUTHENTICATE_HEADER = "Basic
Realm=Jackrabbit Webdav Server";
should be changed to read
    public static final String DEFAULT_AUTHENTICATE_HEADER = "Basic
realm=\"Jackrabbit Webdav Server\"";

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