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URI security

From: Paul Phillips <paulp@cerf.net>
Date: Fri, 28 Apr 1995 15:02:34 -0700 (PDT)
To: www-talk@www10.w3.org
Message-Id: <Pine.SUN.3.91.950428145919.1633A-100000@nic.cerf.net>
Upon whom does the responsibility lie for avoiding ".." in request 
pathnames? Would a server that rejects any URL request with ".." in it be 
non-compliant? It's my (limited) understanding that the client is 
supposed to take care of this, i.e. if I have a page like so:


<A HREF="../baz.html">Baz</A>

The client should issue that request as /baz.html rarther than 
/foo/../baz.html.  Is this codified anywhere? I don't like the server 
overhead of doing .. translations, I'd rather reject it out of hand, if I 

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