Bug 40771 - Can't read POST data from within a filter or valve
Summary: Can't read POST data from within a filter or valve
Alias: None
Product: Tomcat 5
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Connector:Coyote (show other bugs)
Version: 5.5.17
Hardware: All Windows XP
: P4 minor (vote)
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Tomcat Developers Mailing List
Depends on:
Reported: 2006-10-16 16:08 UTC by Michael Dufel
Modified: 2006-10-17 19:28 UTC (History)
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Description Michael Dufel 2006-10-16 16:08:36 UTC
I was attempting to create a Filter or Valve that could be placed in front of an
Axis web service that would handle security according to the WS-Security
specification. That turned out to be a rabbit trail, but I did find and fix a
bug that I discovered along the way. 

I ran into problems reading POST data (the web service request) from the
org.apache.catalina.connector.Request object exposed in the Filter/Valve
interfaces. This is a chunk of code in a prototype Valve that didn't work:

private ByteChunk getPOSTBody(Request request)
      throws IOException
    ByteChunk retval = new ByteChunk(request.getContentLength());
    ByteChunk body = new ByteChunk(request.getContentLength());

    int bytesRead;
      bytesRead = request.getCoyoteRequest().doRead(body);
    while (bytesRead >= 0) ;

    //puts the data back into the pipe.
        (ActionCode.ACTION_REQ_SET_BODY_REPLAY, retval);

    return retval;

This code works as designed, however the problem occurs later on when Axis
attempted to parse the web service request. I don't remember the exact Axis
error, but I was able to track the problem down to a bug in the
org.apache.coyote.http11.filters.SavedRequestInputFilter class. The doRead
method was not properly implemented to return a -1 when appropriate.

Here is my modified version of the doRead method:

public int doRead(ByteChunk chunk, org.apache.coyote.Request request)
            throws IOException {
        int writeLength = 0;
        if (chunk.getLimit() > 0 && chunk.getLimit() < input.getLength()) {
            writeLength = chunk.getLimit();
        } else {
        	writeLength = input.getLength();
        if(input.getOffset()>= input.getEnd())
            return -1;

        input.substract(chunk.getBuffer(), 0, writeLength);
        return writeLength;    

This bug won't show up unless someone tries to use a filter/valve to do
something with web services. That's not too likely because that's what we have
SOAPHandlers for.
Comment 1 Mark Thomas 2006-10-17 19:28:34 UTC
Fixed in SVN. Will be included in 5.5.21 onwards.

Many thanks for the patch.