[erlang-bugs] erlang:decode_packet - wrong parsing of Sec-WebSock-Accept header

Loïc Hoguin <>
Tue Jan 29 16:59:03 CET 2013

On 01/29/2013 03:06 PM, Sverker Eriksson wrote:
>> Two, the character S in WebSocket is parsed as lowercase instead of the
>> uppercase it is in the parsed string.
> Header names are case insensitive according to HTTP. To ease matching we
> always return unrecognized strings on a format with capital letters only
> first and after hyphen, like "Sec-Websocket-Accept".

Not exactly true.

3> erlang:decode_packet(httph_bin, <<"sec-websocket-version: 
abc\r\n\r\n">>, []).
4> erlang:decode_packet(httph_bin, <<"sec-websocket-versio: 
abc\r\n\r\n">>, []).

Past a certain number of characters, erlang:decode_packet do not attempt 
that. Problem is this header is used in the wild and standardized. You 
should consider increasing that limit slightly.

Also, although probably not having any impact in real applications:

6> erlang:decode_packet(httph_bin, <<"sec-websocket--ver: 
abc\r\n\r\n">>, []).  {ok,{http_header,0,<<"Sec-Websocket--ver">>,undefined,

If you got two -- the next word do not get capitalized. Minor oddity.

Loïc Hoguin
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