PK98260: ERROR WITH SPACES IN ACCEPT-LANGUAGE HTTP HEADER.

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APAR status

  • Closed as program error.

Error description

  • If there is a 'space' char within the Accept-Language HTTP
    header then an exception can happen and the request is not
    successful. Some mobile devices are known to insert a 'space'
    char before or after the semicolon between the 'language' and
    the 'quality' definition. The specification allows an optional
    white space (OWS) before and after the ';' [Accept-Language-v =
    1#( language-range [ OWS ";" OWS "q=" qvalue ] )].
    The exception that can be seen when there is a 'space' char
    after the ';' is a
    [10/7/09 20:11:00:609 IST] 00000039 WebApp        E   [Servlet
    Error]-[portal]: java.lang.NumberFormatException: For input
    string: "en;"
    
     at
    sun.misc.FloatingDecimal.readJavaFormatString(FloatingDecimal.ja
    a:1301)
    
     at java.lang.Float.parseFloat(Float.java:409)
    
     at com.ibm.wps.util.LocaleUtils.parse(LocaleUtils.java:1115)
    
     at
    com.ibm.wps.util.LocaleUtils.parseLocales(LocaleUtils.java:1205)
    
    
     at
    com.ibm.wps.util.LocaleUtils.computeEntry(LocaleUtils.java:578)
    
     at com.ibm.wps.util.LocaleUtils.expand(LocaleUtils.java:942)
    
     at com.ibm.wps.util.LocaleUtils.expand(LocaleUtils.java:860)
    
     at com.ibm.wps.util.LocaleUtils.expand(LocaleUtils.java:876)
    
     at
    com.ibm.wps.engine.ExtendedLocaleFilter.expand(ExtendedLocaleFil
    er.java:144)
    
     at
    com.ibm.wps.engine.ExtendedLocaleFilter.doFilter(ExtendedLocaleF
    lter.java:98)
            ...
    

Local fix

  • Remove spaces from Accept-Language HTTP header in browser (not
    possible for all clients, ie. mobile devices)
    

Problem summary

  • If there is a 'space' char within the Accept-Language HTTP
    header then an exception can happen and the request is not
    successful. Some mobile devices are known to insert a 'space'
    char before or after the semicolon between the 'language' and
    the 'quality' definition. The specification allows an optional
    white space (OWS) before and after the ';' [Accept-Language-v =
    1#( language-range [ OWS ";" OWS "q=" qvalue ] )].
    The exception that can be seen when there is a 'space' char
    after the ';' is a
    [10/7/09 20:11:00:609 IST] 00000039 WebApp E [Servlet
    Error]-[portal]: java.lang.NumberFormatException: For input
    string: "en;"
    
       at
    
    sun.misc.FloatingDecimal.readJavaFormatString(FloatingDecimal.ja
    va:1301)
    
       at java.lang.Float.parseFloat(Float.java:409)
    
       at com.ibm.wps.util.LocaleUtils.parse(LocaleUtils.java:1115)
    
       at
    
    com.ibm.wps.util.LocaleUtils.parseLocales(LocaleUtils.java:1205)
    
       at
    
    com.ibm.wps.util.LocaleUtils.computeEntry(LocaleUtils.java:578)
    
       at com.ibm.wps.util.LocaleUtils.expand(LocaleUtils.java:942)
    
       at com.ibm.wps.util.LocaleUtils.expand(LocaleUtils.java:860)
    
       at com.ibm.wps.util.LocaleUtils.expand(LocaleUtils.java:876)
    
       at
    
    com.ibm.wps.engine.ExtendedLocaleFilter.expand(ExtendedLocaleFil
    ter.java:144)
    
       at
    
    com.ibm.wps.engine.ExtendedLocaleFilter.doFilter(ExtendedLocaleF
    ilter.java:98)
       ...
    

Problem conclusion

  • Remove 'space' delimiter from Tokenizer that parses the
    Accept-Language header.
    
    Manual Steps:
       None
    
    Failing Module(s):
       Engine: Page Assembly
    
    Affected Users:
       Users of clients putting 'space' char into the
    Accept-Language HTTP header (i.e. some mobile devices)
    
    Version Information:
        Portal Version(s): 6.1.0.0
         Pre-Requisite(s): PK80088
          Co-Requisite(s): ---
    
        Portal Version(s): 6.1.0.1
         Pre-Requisite(s): PK80088
          Co-Requisite(s): ---
    
        Portal Version(s): 6.1.0.2
         Pre-Requisite(s): PK80088
          Co-Requisite(s): ---
    
    
    Platform Specific:
       This fix applies to all platforms.
    
    A fix is available from Fix Central:
    
    http://www.ibm.com/eserver/support/fixes/fixcentral/swgquickorde
    r?apar=PK98260&productid=WebSphere%20Portal&brandid=5
    
    You may need to type or paste the complete address into your Web
    browser.
    

Temporary fix

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APAR Information

  • APAR number

    PK98260

  • Reported component name

    WEBSPHERE PORTA

  • Reported component ID

    5724E7600

  • Reported release

    61A

  • Status

    CLOSED PER

  • PE

    NoPE

  • HIPER

    NoHIPER

  • Special Attention

    NoSpecatt

  • Submitted date

    2009-10-09

  • Closed date

    2009-11-03

  • Last modified date

    2009-11-03

  • APAR is sysrouted FROM one or more of the following:

  • APAR is sysrouted TO one or more of the following:

Fix information

  • Fixed component name

    WEBSPHERE PORTA

  • Fixed component ID

    5724E7600

Applicable component levels

  • R610 PSY

       UP

  • R61A PSY

       UP

  • R61B PSY

       UP



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Document information


More support for:

WebSphere Portal

Software version:

6.1.0.1

Reference #:

PK98260

Modified date:

2009-11-03

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