Bug 43818 - PROPFIND on -w- collections returns 207 MULTI-STATUS with empty content
Summary: PROPFIND on -w- collections returns 207 MULTI-STATUS with empty content
Alias: None
Product: Apache httpd-2
Classification: Unclassified
Component: mod_dav (show other bugs)
Version: 2.2.6
Hardware: Other other
: P2 normal (vote)
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Apache HTTPD Bugs Mailing List
Keywords: MassUpdate, RFC
Depends on:
Reported: 2007-11-08 12:53 UTC by Rafał Malinowski
Modified: 2018-11-07 21:08 UTC (History)
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Description Rafał Malinowski 2007-11-08 12:53:51 UTC
When doing a PROPFIND on a collection that has -w- or --- permissions for apache the result is a 207 
MULTI STATUS reponse with Content-Length=0 and no content.

It should return some content with 403 or 404 in <status> element.

How to reproduce:
1. set up a web-dav server
2. make a web-dav collection with any namy
3. use chmod 000 on that collection
4. make PROPFIND request on this collection

Actual results:
1. HTTP 207 MULTI STATUS response with no content

Expected results:
1. HTTP 207 MULTI STATUS response with XML content describing and 404 or 403 error on this 
or 2. 403 or 404 HTTP response
Comment 1 Wim Lewis 2013-04-30 00:47:31 UTC
This precise bug seems to be fixed in httpd 2.4.4 and in 2.5-dev (r1477094): the server returns 403 Forbidden for a PROPFIND on a collection whose directory it can't read.

But a very similar problem still exists: if you do a PROPFIND on that collection's *parent*, with Depth: infinity (and DavDepthInfinity on in your config file), then you get an empty response --- no HTTP headers, status line, or content; the connection just drops.

Apache does log this message though:

[Mon Apr 29 17:43:34.153164 2013] [dav:error] [pid 57866] [client] Provider encountered an error while streaming a multistatus PROPFIND response.  [404, #0]
Comment 2 William A. Rowe Jr. 2018-11-07 21:08:30 UTC
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