[PATCH 1 of 1 STABLE] http digest auth: reset redirect counter on new requests (issue2255)

Augie Fackler durin42 at gmail.com
Wed Jun 30 08:02:44 CDT 2010

On Jun 28, 2010, at 1:50 PM, Wagner Bruna wrote:

> Wagner Bruna wrote:
>> # HG changeset patch
>> # User Mads Kiilerich<mads at kiilerich.com>
>> # Date 1277586058 -7200
>> # Branch stable
>> # Node ID f19b6d8ae201d91396a4e32157c1c1698efb45ed
>> # Parent  b9a46acdfe1f8f5c5c0ff63bf759b590e6780c81
>> http digest auth: reset redirect counter on new requests (issue2255)
> Matt Mackall wrote:
>> Why is Mads' name attached to this?
> As explained, he wrote that patch; sorry for not being clearer.
> Mads Kiilerich wrote:
>> It _is_ a high risk patch, but I am not sure it is more risky than using
>> urllib2 in general. The impact of issue2179 was however smaller than the
>> potential impact of this patch combined with previous and future
>> versions of urllib2.
>> The handling of redirects in urllib2 seems to be fundamentally broken.
>> The redirect counter in digest auth is hardcoded to stop after 5
>> redirects, but the counter is reset on (some) redirects (sic!) and will
>> thus loop forever in some cases. The counter will however not be reset
>> in any other cases, so when the digest auth is resued for several
>> requests (for example when exploring remote changesets) the counter will
>> reach the limit.
> The current code always tries an unauthenticated request first, even
> after the first authenticated request is accepted successfully. So we
> get a 401 for each request, and each of those increments the redirect
> counter.
> A better approach could be to somehow reuse the authentication
> information from the first try on subsequent requests: that way we
> wouldn't increment the redirect counter for each request (the
> discovery time would also be much improved).

Yeah, seriously. I don't know why urllib2 works this way.

> But I'm not sure that'd be possible without major replacing of urllib2 code...

I'm working on that. Maybe in another 3 months I'll actually be able to finish...

> Regards,
> Wagner
>> In python 2.6.6 (and apparently backported to debian 2.6.5) basic auth
>> has the same feature.
>> /Mads
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