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header field value character encoding, was: Rechartering HTTPbis

From: Julian Reschke <julian.reschke@gmx.de>
Date: Mon, 06 Feb 2012 19:28:57 +0100
Message-ID: <4F301BE9.5080107@gmx.de>
To: Henrik Nordström <henrik@henriknordstrom.net>
CC: Willy Tarreau <w@1wt.eu>, Mark Nottingham <mnot@mnot.net>, HTTP Working Group <ietf-http-wg@w3.org>
On 2012-02-06 19:02, Henrik Nordström wrote:
> mån 2012-02-06 klockan 10:07 +0100 skrev Julian Reschke:
>
>> It doesn't affect Basic auth at all, because Basic uses plain-ASCII (so
>> the encoding happens on a different layer).
>
> True. But it does affect Digest auth, and can't be recoded there without
> breaking the digest. Plus that browsers vary greatly in what encoding
> they use within basic auth before base64-encoding so in a sense it does
> affect basic auth as well.

I agree that Basic auth has a problem, but it's not going to be fixed by 
changing the encoding default for field values.

See 
<http://greenbytes.de/tech/webdav/draft-reschke-basicauth-enc-latest.html>.

Best regards, Julian
Received on Monday, 6 February 2012 19:29:29 GMT

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