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RE: Security Concerns section added to Query_by_reference

From: Seaborne, Andy <andy.seaborne@hp.com>
Date: Wed, 25 Mar 2009 15:30:50 +0000
To: Steve Harris <steve.harris@garlik.com>, SPARQL Working Group <public-rdf-dawg@w3.org>
Message-ID: <B6CF1054FDC8B845BF93A6645D19BEA3628D9A722C@GVW1118EXC.americas.hpqcorp.net>
A practice-and-experience note.

Queries that use FROM/FROM NAMED also cause servers to load data from a remote reference and have the same serious issues.  

In the Joseki example endpoint I run, there is an internal limit on the size of the graph it will load (size by number of triples, the number is quite low - the parsers stream and it counts the stream). It only applies to data read in by URL, not if the query is on a fixed dataset that the server already has.  It's not ideal but some mechanism was needed, and, yes, it has been triggered and not just occasionally.  There have requests to read in simply huge files by HTTP GET.

It also refuses to read "file:" URLs.

Any SPARQL endpoint can reject a query for whatever reason it chooses. Joseki provides a configuration option (per endpoint) to reject queries with FROMN/FROM NAMED or the protocol equivalent, and it is recommended to use that.

So a processor can legitimately refuse to support any use Feature:Query_by_reference.  If that might be common, the time spent spec'ing isn't well spent IMHO.


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> Subject: Security Concerns section added to Query_by_reference
> http://www.w3.org/2009/sparql/wiki/Feature:Query_by_reference

> In short, providing public systems that can trigger bigger external
> requests than they receive is a serious security issue.
> - Steve
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