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From Rob Hartill <r...@imdb.com>
Subject Re: general/640: ErrorDocument returns redirects
Date Fri, 30 May 1997 21:01:54 GMT

Simon mentioned this in another mailing list where I answered that
this is a powerful feature and that at the end of the day it's admins
who must use it properly.


On Fri, 30 May 1997, Simon Wilkinson wrote:

 
> >Number:         640
> >Category:       general
> >Synopsis:       ErrorDocument returns redirects
> >Confidential:   no
> >Severity:       serious
> >Priority:       medium
> >Responsible:    apache (Apache HTTP Project)
> >State:          open
> >Class:          sw-bug
> >Submitter-Id:   apache
> >Arrival-Date:   Fri May 30 12:40:05 1997
> >Originator:     sxw@tardis.ed.ac.uk
> >Organization:
> apache
> >Release:        1.2b10
> >Environment:
> SunOS 4.1.4, built using gcc 2.7.2.1,
> SunOS vortis 4.1.4 5 sun4
> >Description:
> The ErrorDocument configuration option returns redirects for non-existent pages,
> when an absolute URL is specified. This is hinted at in the documentation, but
> I feel it is a serious problem, as it can lead to servers where every incorrect
> document on the server looks, to a search engine, like it is a correct (if
> redirected) response. 
> 
> This behaviour merges the 4xx and 3xx return codes until they are virtually 
> useless.
> >How-To-Repeat:
> Go to any site with an external ErrorDocument and look at the response from an
> incorrect URL.
> >Fix:
> Either get rid of this (I can see way this would be hard though :-), or include
> a warning in the documentation about how bad it is to return a redirect for
> a document that doesn't really exist
> >Audit-Trail:
> >Unformatted:
> 
> 
> 
> 

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