Encoded slash (%2F) with Spring RequestMapping path param gives HTTP 400

This is not a duplicate referenced question, because it is Spring specific. Whoever added that (3 years after the fact!) didn't bother to read the question or comment thread to see what the real answer was. The accepted answer isn't quite the answer, but the author of the answer never came back and edited it like I asked.

Given the restful method below, Spring 3.1 gives a 400 error with "The request sent by the client was syntactically incorrect ()." when the token parameter contains a URL encoded slash (%2F), for example "https://somewhere.com/ws/stuff/lookup/resourceId/287559/token/R4o6lI%2FbBx43/userName/jim" Without the %2F everything works fine. A 3rd party is already calling this service (of course!) so I can't change what they send, in the short term at least. Any ideas on how to work around this on the server side?

This problem is described very well here https://jira.springsource.org/browse/SPR-8662 though that issue is related to UriTemplate which I am not using that I can tell.

@RequestMapping("/ws/stuff/**")
@Controller
public class StuffController {
  @RequestMapping(value = "/ws/stuff/lookup/resourceId/{resourceId}/token/{token}/userName/{userName}", method = RequestMethod.GET)
   public @ResponseBody
   String provisionResource(@PathVariable("resourceId") String resourceId, @PathVariable("token") String token, @PathVariable("userName") String userName, ModelMap modelMap,
         HttpServletRequest request, HttpServletResponse response) {
      return handle(resourceId, userName, request, token, modelMap);
   }
}

Note: This is on Glassfish 3.1.2, and at first it was Grizzly/Glassfish not accepting the slash, but

-Dcom.sun.grizzly.util.buf.UDecoder.ALLOW_ENCODED_SLASH=true

fixed that.

asadmin set configs.config.server-config.network-config.protocols.protocol.http-listener-2.http.encoded-slash-enabled=true

didn't seem to help.

Answers


This could be your answer: urlencoded Forward slash is breaking URL

I would suggest not putting that in the path, move it to a request param instead.

Work around:

You could change the RequestMapping to

@RequestMapping(value = "/ws/stuff/lookup/resourceId/**", method = RequestMethod.GET) 

and then parse the path variables manually from the request object.


for spring-boot, the following did the trick

@SpringBootApplication
public class Application extends WebMvcConfigurerAdapter {

    public static void main(String[] args) throws Exception {
        System.setProperty("org.apache.tomcat.util.buf.UDecoder.ALLOW_ENCODED_SLASH", "true");
        SpringApplication.run(Application.class, args);
    }

    @Override
    public void configurePathMatch(PathMatchConfigurer configurer) {
        UrlPathHelper urlPathHelper = new UrlPathHelper();
        urlPathHelper.setUrlDecode(false);
        configurer.setUrlPathHelper(urlPathHelper);
    }

}

Here is a fix for Spring 3.2.4 (should work for other versions as well). One must overwrite the default UrlPathHelper

public class UrlPathHelperFixed extends UrlPathHelper {

    public UrlPathHelperFixed() {
        super.setUrlDecode(false);
    }

    @Override
    public void setUrlDecode(boolean urlDecode) {
        if (urlDecode) {
            throw new IllegalArgumentException("Handler [" + UrlPathHelperFixed.class.getName() + "] does not support URL decoding.");
        }
    }

    @Override
    public String getServletPath(HttpServletRequest request) {
        String servletPath = getOriginatingServletPath(request);
        return servletPath;
    }

    @Override
    public String getOriginatingServletPath(HttpServletRequest request) {
        String servletPath = request.getRequestURI().substring(request.getContextPath().length());
        return servletPath;
    }
}

And inject it to the Mapping Handler:

<bean class="org.springframework.web.servlet.mvc.method.annotation.RequestMappingHandlerMapping">
    <property name="order" value="-1"></property>
    <property name="urlPathHelper">
        <bean class="com.yoochoose.frontend.spring.UrlPathHelperFixed"/>
    </property>
</bean>

After a day of hard works it works now for me :-)

It was suggested to Spring team as https://jira.springsource.org/browse/SPR-11101


For spring boot application this worked for me..

Version 1 Add

org.apache.tomcat.util.buf.UDecoder.ALLOW_ENCODED_SLASH=true

to your application.properties file

Version 2 run your spring boot application like this.

static void main(String[] args) {
    System.setProperty("org.apache.tomcat.util.buf.UDecoder.ALLOW_ENCODED_SLASH", "true");
    SpringApplication.run this, args
}

Version 3 or run your java application with -Dorg.apache.tomcat.util.buf.UDecoder.ALLOW_ENCODED_SLASH=true

This fixed %2F encoded slash path variable for me.


I have found this solution which is working for me;

System.setProperty("org.apache.tomcat.util.buf.UDecoder.ALLOW_ENCODED_SLASH", "true");

just before springApplication.run(args);

and add below code in Application class

 @Override
    public void configurePathMatch(PathMatchConfigurer configurer) {
        UrlPathHelper urlPathHelper = new UrlPathHelper();
        urlPathHelper.setUrlDecode(false);
        configurer.setUrlPathHelper(urlPathHelper);
    }

We just ran into this issue at my office, we did what was suggestion above from what Solubris said where you put it in a query param. The only additional requirement is that the data could have an '&' as well, which would mess up the query param. All we had to do is encode the text before it is sent in the URL and even '&' were filtered out.


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