Spdy - Double Status header

Valentin V. Bartenev ne at vbart.ru
Wed Jun 20 15:42:28 UTC 2012

On Wednesday 20 June 2012 05:12:12 Matthieu Tourne wrote:
> Hi,
> I think, I've found an interesting corner case with the recent Nginx
> SPDY support.
> I'm using the latest : http://nginx.org/patches/spdy/patch.spdy-37.txt
> I connect to Nginx using SPDY, and then proxy_pass to another server,
> with a location similar to this :
>     location /redirect {
>         add_header 'Status' '301 Moved Permanently';
>         rewrite (.*) / permanent;
>     }
> This causes Nginx to return 2 Spdy ":status" headers, which I guess is
> disallowed by the protocol.
> This is the output from spdycat (https://github.com/tatsuhiro-t/spdylay/)
> Chrome reports a similar error.
> [  0.141] [INVALID; status=PROTOCOL_ERROR] recv SYN_REPLY frame
> <version=2, flags=0, length=227>
> (...)
>     status: 301
>     status: 301 Moved Permanently
> Note that this can be fixed using configuration to hide any potential
> "Status" header returned by the second server, before the Spdy
> response is generated.
> But the code should probably handle this ?

The problem is that spdy draft 2 reserved "status" and "version" header
names for its own purpose. This was fixed in draft 3, where all such
headers have the colon prefix (":status", ":version").

Personally, I think that since these headers are non-standard for HTTP
protocol, then the user is entirely responsible for their usage. However, 
because the "Status" header is quite often appears somewhere, then hiding
of these headers inside the spdy module will cause less headaches.

Done in http://nginx.org/patches/spdy/patch.spdy-38.txt


 wbr, Valentin V. Bartenev

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