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HTTP 1.0 request over TCP

From: Emilio Mira Alfaro <emial@alumni.uv.es>
Date: Wed, 21 Jan 2004 15:27:17 +0100 (CET)
To: www-talk@w3.org
Cc: Maarten Van Horenbeeck <maarten.vanhorenbeeck@be.ubizen.com>
Message-ID: <4211859686emial@alumni.uv.es>

Hello list,

I've tried to find on the Internet something that answers my question but I didn't
find it, so may be somebody there could give me a hand.

I've got an antivirus system working as proxy. It sends HTTP/1.0 requests splitted
in two different segments:

--------------------------------
Antivirus > IIS 5.0: SYN
IIS 5.0> Antivirus : SYN, ACK
Antivirus > IIS 5.0: ACK
Antivirus > IIS 5.0: HTTP request (part 1)
          GET / HTTP/1.0 [cr][lf]
          User-Agent: Wget/1.8.1 [cr][lf]
          Host: x.x.x.x [cr][lf]
          Accept: */* [cr][lf]
          Forwarded: by (proxy) [cr][lf]
          connection: close [cr][lf]
IIS 5.0> Antivirus : ACK
Antivirus > ISS 5.0: HTTP request (part 2)
          [cr][lf]
ISS 5.0> Antivirus : ACK
ISS 5.0> Antivirus : HTTP Error
          HTTP/1.1 500 Server Error
          Server: Microsoft-IIS/5.0
          Date: Wed, 14 Jan 2004 07:54:10 GMT
          Content-Type: text/html
          Content-Length: 102

          <html><head><title>Error</title></head><body>The system 
          cannot find the file specified. </body></html>
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As shown above, the first HTTP request corresponds to the HTTP headers and the second one
contains a plain [cr][lf]. Some servers accept this kind of request but some others 
don't. All "500: Server Error" messages come from IIS 5.0 servers.

Since this two segments should arrive in the webserver software as a unique flow 
reconstructed by the TCP layer, it shouldn't make any difference between using one or two 
TCP segments. However, I've tested this by sending only one TCP segment that includes the 
last [cr][lf] and I could get the a succesful response from the server.

Has anybody experimented this problem before?

Thanks in advance,
Emilio

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Emilio Mira
e-mail: emial@alumni.uv.es
Received on Wednesday, 21 January 2004 09:28:13 UTC

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