Opened 10 years ago

Closed 10 years ago

Last modified 7 years ago

#8259 closed (fixed)

core/handlers/ raises TypeError in _get_raw_post_data if CONTENT_LENGTH is empty.

Reported by: erny Owned by: Kevin McConnell
Component: HTTP handling Version: master
Severity: Keywords: aug22sprint
Cc: Triage Stage: Accepted
Has patch: yes Needs documentation: no
Needs tests: no Patch needs improvement: no
Easy pickings: UI/UX:


  • write a view which gets raw_post_data from request.
  • run development server
  • use pycurl or other client which can send an empty Content-length header.
  • raises TypeError near: core/handlers/
       content_length = int(self.environ.get('CONTENT_LENGTH', 0))
  • the problem is that CONTENT_LENGTH is None and type(None) -> TypeError

I vave to further investigate this.

Attachments (1)

patch.diff (863 bytes) - added by Kevin McConnell 10 years ago.
Treat Content-Length of None as if empty string

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Change History (9)

comment:1 Changed 10 years ago by Malcolm Tredinnick

milestone: 1.0
Triage Stage: UnreviewedAccepted

That sounds quite believable. I remember having to work around that None vs. missing entirely issue in some other places in the handlers. That single line should be split into two phases: get the environment variable and, if it's not "true", set it to 0.

Zero length posts are quite valid (since it could be automatically creating a new resource).

comment:2 Changed 10 years ago by Graham Dumpleton

A correctly implemented WSGI server should however never be passing CONTENT_LENGTH with value None in WSGI environment.

WSGI PEP says:

The contents of any Content-Length fields in the HTTP request. May be empty or absent."""

Prior to that also says:

"""The following variables must be present, unless their value would be an empty string, in which case they may be omitted, except as otherwise noted below."""

One trap in this is that it suggested that CONTENT_LENGTH can be an empty string and only that it 'may' be omitted in that circumstances, but not required.

Thus, are you sure problem is that it is coming through as None, if it is, then underlying WSGI server code is wrong. Separately though, seems the conversion to integer should cope with an empty string, which it isn't.

So perhaps two issues here.

comment:3 Changed 10 years ago by Kevin McConnell

Owner: changed from nobody to Kevin McConnell
Status: newassigned

Changed 10 years ago by Kevin McConnell

Attachment: patch.diff added

Treat Content-Length of None as if empty string

comment:4 Changed 10 years ago by Kevin McConnell

Has patch: set

I personally couldn't reproduce this problem. And as Graham explained, CONTENT_LENGTH should never have value None anyway.

For the sake of safety & clarity, the patch simply catches TypeError, treating the None the same way as an empty string.

comment:5 Changed 10 years ago by Kevin McConnell

Keywords: aug22sprint added

comment:6 Changed 10 years ago by Malcolm Tredinnick

@kevin: given this patch and a couple of other of yours we've committed / will commit, feel free to open a ticket with a patch to AUTHORS for your name.

comment:7 Changed 10 years ago by Malcolm Tredinnick

Resolution: fixed
Status: assignedclosed

(In [8495]) Fixed #8259 -- Handle an error situation that we should never see, but still
occurs for some reason (be liberal in what you accept, and all that). Patch
from kevin.

comment:8 Changed 7 years ago by Jacob

milestone: 1.0

Milestone 1.0 deleted

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