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dav autoversioning bug... not good.

From: Ben Collins-Sussman <sussman_at_collab.net>
Date: 2005-05-10 15:39:23 CEST

I think there's a latent bug in DAV autoversioning, one I hope to
isolate and fix today. But I thought I'd alert more people to it...
more eyes to see it, etc.


In the DAV universe, locks have a <DAV:owner> field, which actually
has nothing to do with authn or authz; it's just a comment that the
client expects the server to preserve. In fact, mod_dav_svn maps
<DAV:owner> to svn_lock_t->comment.

The problem with this is that if you do a lock with an svn client
over ra_dav, a bunch of XML junk ends up being stored in svn_lock_t-
>comment (due to mod_dav's design), which violates our principle of
any RA layer leaving a nasty footprint behind.

So our previous solution was to make mod_dav_svn notice whether the
incoming LOCK request is coming from svn, or from a generic DAV
client. In the former case, we strip the XML junk off of the comment
and store the lock. In the latter case, we leave the XML junk in
place, but set a flag reminding us it's there.

When retrieving locks, we look at the flag. If not present, we re-
add proper XML wrapping so as to create a compliant response. If the
flag is set, we do nothing, because the XML wrapping is already there.

All of this code is in mod_dav_svn/lock.c, functions
svn_lock_to_dav_lock() and dav_lock_to_svn_lock().


I'm looking at a Dreamweaver http session, and it's the first DAV
client I've seen which sets the <DAV:owner> field. It's setting the
value to "<DAV:href>blah</DAV:href>". Later on, when it does a
PROPFIND to retrieve the lock, the value isn't coming back identical
-- it's been accidentally xml-unescaped. (i.e.
"&ltDAV:href&gtblah...") Dreameweaver then chokes and refuses to
interoperate with mod_dav_svn.

Impact of Bug:

I think that any generic DAV client which sets the <DAV:owner> field
is likely to fail against mod_dav_svn. This is serious enough that I
might argue it's worth rolling an rc4 tarball for, delaying the final
release by a day or two. After all, autoversioning is supposed to be
one of the big new important features in 1.2.


Does anyone know a free DAV client that allows me to set <DAV:owner>
in a LOCK request? Cadaver won't let me do it, and I don't think
Windows Webfolders or OSX does it either. Maybe I'll just do a
'netcat' simulation.

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