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RE: possible race condition in COPY with overwrite

From: Yaron Goland <yarong@microsoft.com>
Date: Sun, 29 Nov 1998 12:46:51 -0800
Message-ID: <3FF8121C9B6DD111812100805F31FC0D08792A89@RED-MSG-59>
To: "'Jim Davis'" <jdavis@parc.xerox.com>, w3c-dist-auth@w3.org
The issue is not multi-threading, it is atomicity. We need to add an
atomicity requirement to COPY, just as already have done in section 8.9 for


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jim Davis [mailto:jdavis@parc.xerox.com]
> Sent: Sunday, November 29, 1998 9:49 AM
> To: w3c-dist-auth@w3.org
> Subject: possible race condition in COPY with overwrite
> Suppose I want to COPY a resource (S) to destination D.  To ensure
> consistency, I take out a lock on destination D.  Since I 
> have locked D, it
> becomes a lock-null resource (per 7.4), and hence it 
> 'exists', so I must
> also specify the Overwrite header (8.8.4) as T, and thus the 
> server MUST
> delete D prior to the copy.  But by 8.10.5,  a successful DELETE of a
> resource MUST cause all of its locks to be removed.  Thus the 
> lock has no
> real protection.  If the server is multithreaded, then while 
> the COPY is in
> progress, as soon as the DELETE finished, a second client could start
> altering D as well.
> The workaround seems to be to lock the parent of D (with 
> depth infinity),
> not D itself.  This causes the newly created resource to 
> inherit the lock
> of the parent (per 7.7)
> Do you agree with this analysis?
> If so, please mention it in "DAV for Dummies" or whatever 
> tutorial document
> is written about WebDAV. I don't think it requires any changes to the
> protocol or the the spec.
> Jim
> ------------------------------------
> http://www.parc.xerox.com/jdavis/
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Received on Sunday, 29 November 1998 15:46:53 GMT

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