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bug#4883: 23.1; url-http: wrong server name used for pwd lookup during p

From: Kai Tetzlaff
Subject: bug#4883: 23.1; url-http: wrong server name used for pwd lookup during proxy authentication
Date: Sat, 07 Nov 2009 12:43:01 +0100
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Please describe exactly what actions triggered the bug
and the precise symptoms of the bug:

The following describes a problem with password lookup which happens when
trying to download an HTTP document through a proxy server when this proxy
server requires users to authenticate. When trying to find credentials, the
URL lib is using the name of the server in the original download URL instead
of the name of the proxy server for the username/password lookup.

I've tried to analyze what's happening and also have a patch (at the end of
this bug report). But now some more details:

Even though this report describes what i believe is a bug in the url lib, let
me first explain shortly what i've been doing when i discovered the problem:
I've been trying out the irfc package (http://www.emacswiki.org/emacs/irfc.el)
to download RFCs from emacs. At work i can only access the web via an HTTP
proxy server which requires (http basic) authentication.


(setq url-proxy-services '(("http" . "proxy.example.net:80")))

i then tried to download rfc3098 using irfc-visit. Irfc-visit subsequently
calls url-retrieve with the result of:

(url-generic-parse-url "http://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc3098.txt";)

The functions in the url.el and friends start doing their work. A GET request
gets sent to the proxy server which is answered with a 407 response asking for
authentication. The URL lib detects the authentication request and tries to
obtain the required credentials. This is done by calling:

url-get-authentication (url-auth.el)
url-basic-auth (url-auth.el)

and finally:
auth-source-user-or-password (auth-source.el)

which uses the name of the server which asks for authentication (and a
protocol identifier) to check if a login/password is stored somewhere (in my
case: ~/authinfo.gpg).

However, the lookup is using www.ietf.org to lookup the password instead of
the name of the proxy server (proxy.example.net). So the lookup fails.

The following patch tries to fix proxy authentication in
url-http-handle-authentication. It is adding a new variable auth-url which
gets set to the proxy url or the original download URL depending on the use of
a proxy server. This new variable is then used in the call to
url-get-authentication (instead of always using the original download URL).

There might be a better solution from someone who has a deeper understanding
of the code in the url lib. But the following solves the problem - at least
for my case:

Index: lisp/url/url-http.el
RCS file: /cvsroot/emacs/emacs/lisp/url/url-http.el,v
retrieving revision 1.64
diff -u -r1.64 url-http.el
--- lisp/url/url-http.el        1 Oct 2009 02:06:55 -0000       1.64
+++ lisp/url/url-http.el        6 Nov 2009 10:25:02 -0000
@@ -315,12 +315,16 @@
        (type nil)
        (url (url-recreate-url url-current-object))
-       (url-basic-auth-storage 'url-http-real-basic-auth-storage)
+       (auth-url (url-recreate-url
+                  (if (and proxy (boundp 'url-http-proxy))
+                      url-http-proxy
+                    url-current-object)))
+       (url-basic-auth-storage (if proxy
+                                   ;; Cheating, but who cares? :)
+                                   'url-http-proxy-basic-auth-storage
+                                 'url-http-real-basic-auth-storage))
        (strength 0))
-    ;; Cheating, but who cares? :)
-    (if proxy
-       (setq url-basic-auth-storage 'url-http-proxy-basic-auth-storage))
     ;; find strongest supported auth
     (dolist (this-auth auths)
@@ -347,7 +351,7 @@
                  " send it to " url-bug-address ".<hr>")
          (setq status t))
       (let* ((args (url-parse-args (subst-char-in-string ?, ?\; auth)))
-            (auth (url-get-authentication url (cdr-safe (assoc "realm" args))
+            (auth (url-get-authentication auth-url (cdr-safe (assoc "realm" 
                                           type t args)))
        (if (not auth)
            (setq success t)

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<menu-bar> <help-menu> <send-emacs-bug-report>

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