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From "Marc Saegesser" <>
Subject Spec Compliance: getRequestedSessionId(), ...
Date Mon, 05 Mar 2001 23:46:47 GMT
I'm reviewing Bugzilla bugs in preparation of the Tomcat 3.2.2 release.
Bugzilla 160 has been open since Tomcat 3.1 and it looks like its real and
that it violates the Servlet 2.2 spec.

I want to make sure I am correctly interpretting the spec before I dig too
deep.  I'll send a similar message to the servlet api mailing list.

1)  HttpServletRequest.getRequestedSessionId() should return the session
that arrived with the request.  This might not match the session id returned
by HttpServletRequest.getSession()because the session might have been
invalidated or timed out, etc.  So far so good.  What isn't clear (at least
from reading the code) is should calling HttpServletRequest.getSession()
modify the requested session id.  I think that it shouldn't but the code in updates the requested session id.  A quick look at the
Tomcat 3.3 version appears to work as I expected it to.

2)  A related question, HttpServletRequest.isRequestedSessionIdValid() is
implemented as follows:

	HttpSession session = (HttpSession)request.getSession(false);
	return (session != null);

If this method is called *before* the invoking servlet calls
getSession(true) then it will correctly determine if the *requested* session
id was valid.  After that it will always return true.  This seems wrong
because specification clearly states this method determines if the requested
session id was valid.  Tomcat 3.3 appears to suffer from this problem.

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