Re: [http-state] non-ASCII cookie values (was Re: Closing Ticket 3: Public Suffixes)

Adam Barth <ietf@adambarth.com> Wed, 03 February 2010 08:41 UTC

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From: Adam Barth <ietf@adambarth.com>
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Subject: Re: [http-state] non-ASCII cookie values (was Re: Closing Ticket 3: Public Suffixes)
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On Wed, Feb 3, 2010 at 12:39 AM, Maciej Stachowiak <mjs@apple.com> wrote:
> On Feb 3, 2010, at 12:11 AM, Julian Reschke wrote:
>> Adam Barth wrote:
>>> ...
>>> Those cases being charset0001, charset0002, and charset0003.  One
>>> possible explanation is that Safari rejects cookies that have
>>> non-ASCII characters in their values.
>>> ...
>>
>> ...which I think is not really a bug, according to the specs.
>>
>> Unless that affects Safari's interoperability, I'd strongly recommend to consider making this the recommended behavior.
>
> I don't have information one way or another on this. I don't see any bugs that are obviously this issue, but it could be the cause of less obvious compatibility bugs. Perhaps the thing to do is a study to determine the frequency with which non-ASCII cookies are sent.

Do you see a particular benefit to dropping non-ASCII cookies?  I
don't understand what we're trying to gain here.

> BTW from code inspection, it looks to me like Safari *will* allow non-ASCII characters in the cookie value if it is a quoted string.

Thanks.  I'll add a test for this case.

Adam