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1<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
2<?xml-stylesheet type='text/xsl' href='../myxml2rfc.xslt'?>
3<!DOCTYPE rfc [
4  <!ENTITY MAY "<bcp14 xmlns='http://purl.org/net/xml2rfc/ext'>MAY</bcp14>">
5  <!ENTITY MUST "<bcp14 xmlns='http://purl.org/net/xml2rfc/ext'>MUST</bcp14>">
6  <!ENTITY MUST-NOT "<bcp14 xmlns='http://purl.org/net/xml2rfc/ext'>MUST NOT</bcp14>">
7  <!ENTITY OPTIONAL "<bcp14 xmlns='http://purl.org/net/xml2rfc/ext'>OPTIONAL</bcp14>">
8  <!ENTITY RECOMMENDED "<bcp14 xmlns='http://purl.org/net/xml2rfc/ext'>RECOMMENDED</bcp14>">
9  <!ENTITY REQUIRED "<bcp14 xmlns='http://purl.org/net/xml2rfc/ext'>REQUIRED</bcp14>">
10  <!ENTITY SHALL "<bcp14 xmlns='http://purl.org/net/xml2rfc/ext'>SHALL</bcp14>">
11  <!ENTITY SHALL-NOT "<bcp14 xmlns='http://purl.org/net/xml2rfc/ext'>SHALL NOT</bcp14>">
12  <!ENTITY SHOULD "<bcp14 xmlns='http://purl.org/net/xml2rfc/ext'>SHOULD</bcp14>">
13  <!ENTITY SHOULD-NOT "<bcp14 xmlns='http://purl.org/net/xml2rfc/ext'>SHOULD NOT</bcp14>">
14  <!ENTITY ID-VERSION "latest">
15  <!ENTITY ID-MONTH "December">
16  <!ENTITY ID-YEAR "2012">
17  <!ENTITY mdash "&#8212;">
18  <!ENTITY Note "<x:h xmlns:x='http://purl.org/net/xml2rfc/ext'>Note:</x:h>">
19  <!ENTITY caching-overview       "<xref target='Part6' x:rel='#caching.overview' xmlns:x='http://purl.org/net/xml2rfc/ext'/>">
20  <!ENTITY cache-incomplete       "<xref target='Part6' x:rel='#response.cacheability' xmlns:x='http://purl.org/net/xml2rfc/ext'/>">
21  <!ENTITY payload                "<xref target='Part2' x:rel='#payload' xmlns:x='http://purl.org/net/xml2rfc/ext'/>">
22  <!ENTITY media-type            "<xref target='Part2' x:rel='#media.type' xmlns:x='http://purl.org/net/xml2rfc/ext'/>">
23  <!ENTITY content-codings        "<xref target='Part2' x:rel='#content.codings' xmlns:x='http://purl.org/net/xml2rfc/ext'/>">
24  <!ENTITY CONNECT                "<xref target='Part2' x:rel='#CONNECT' xmlns:x='http://purl.org/net/xml2rfc/ext'/>">
25  <!ENTITY content.negotiation    "<xref target='Part2' x:rel='#content.negotiation' xmlns:x='http://purl.org/net/xml2rfc/ext'/>">
26  <!ENTITY diff-mime              "<xref target='Part2' x:rel='#differences.between.http.and.mime' xmlns:x='http://purl.org/net/xml2rfc/ext'/>">
27  <!ENTITY representation         "<xref target='Part2' x:rel='#representation' xmlns:x='http://purl.org/net/xml2rfc/ext'/>">
28  <!ENTITY HEAD                   "<xref target='Part2' x:rel='#HEAD' xmlns:x='http://purl.org/net/xml2rfc/ext'/>">
29  <!ENTITY header-allow           "<xref target='Part2' x:rel='#header.allow' xmlns:x='http://purl.org/net/xml2rfc/ext'/>">
30  <!ENTITY header-cache-control   "<xref target='Part6' x:rel='#header.cache-control' xmlns:x='http://purl.org/net/xml2rfc/ext'/>">
31  <!ENTITY header-content-encoding    "<xref target='Part2' x:rel='#header.content-encoding' xmlns:x='http://purl.org/net/xml2rfc/ext'/>">
32  <!ENTITY header-content-location    "<xref target='Part2' x:rel='#header.content-location' xmlns:x='http://purl.org/net/xml2rfc/ext'/>">
33  <!ENTITY header-content-range   "<xref target='Part5' x:rel='#header.content-range' xmlns:x='http://purl.org/net/xml2rfc/ext'/>">
34  <!ENTITY header-content-type    "<xref target='Part2' x:rel='#header.content-type' xmlns:x='http://purl.org/net/xml2rfc/ext'/>">
35  <!ENTITY header-date            "<xref target='Part2' x:rel='#header.date' xmlns:x='http://purl.org/net/xml2rfc/ext'/>">
36  <!ENTITY header-etag            "<xref target='Part4' x:rel='#header.etag' xmlns:x='http://purl.org/net/xml2rfc/ext'/>">
37  <!ENTITY header-expires         "<xref target='Part6' x:rel='#header.expires' xmlns:x='http://purl.org/net/xml2rfc/ext'/>">
38  <!ENTITY header-last-modified   "<xref target='Part4' x:rel='#header.last-modified' xmlns:x='http://purl.org/net/xml2rfc/ext'/>">
39  <!ENTITY header-mime-version    "<xref target='Part2' x:rel='#mime-version' xmlns:x='http://purl.org/net/xml2rfc/ext'/>">
40  <!ENTITY header-pragma          "<xref target='Part6' x:rel='#header.pragma' xmlns:x='http://purl.org/net/xml2rfc/ext'/>">
41  <!ENTITY header-proxy-authenticate  "<xref target='Part7' x:rel='#header.proxy-authenticate' xmlns:x='http://purl.org/net/xml2rfc/ext'/>">
42  <!ENTITY header-proxy-authorization "<xref target='Part7' x:rel='#header.proxy-authorization' xmlns:x='http://purl.org/net/xml2rfc/ext'/>">
43  <!ENTITY header-server          "<xref target='Part2' x:rel='#header.server' xmlns:x='http://purl.org/net/xml2rfc/ext'/>">
44  <!ENTITY header-warning         "<xref target='Part6' x:rel='#header.warning' xmlns:x='http://purl.org/net/xml2rfc/ext'/>">
45  <!ENTITY idempotent-methods     "<xref target='Part2' x:rel='#idempotent.methods' xmlns:x='http://purl.org/net/xml2rfc/ext'/>">
46  <!ENTITY methods                "<xref target='Part2' x:rel='#methods' xmlns:x='http://purl.org/net/xml2rfc/ext'/>">
47  <!ENTITY OPTIONS                "<xref target='Part2' x:rel='#OPTIONS' xmlns:x='http://purl.org/net/xml2rfc/ext'/>">
48  <!ENTITY qvalue                 "<xref target='Part2' x:rel='#quality.values' xmlns:x='http://purl.org/net/xml2rfc/ext'/>">
49  <!ENTITY resource               "<xref target='Part2' x:rel='#resource' xmlns:x='http://purl.org/net/xml2rfc/ext'/>">
50  <!ENTITY selected-representation    "<xref target='Part2' x:rel='#selected.representation' xmlns:x='http://purl.org/net/xml2rfc/ext'/>">
51  <!ENTITY status-codes           "<xref target='Part2' x:rel='#status.codes' xmlns:x='http://purl.org/net/xml2rfc/ext'/>">
52  <!ENTITY status-1xx             "<xref target='Part2' x:rel='#status.1xx' xmlns:x='http://purl.org/net/xml2rfc/ext'/>">
53  <!ENTITY status-203             "<xref target='Part2' x:rel='#status.203' xmlns:x='http://purl.org/net/xml2rfc/ext'/>">
54  <!ENTITY status-3xx             "<xref target='Part2' x:rel='#status.3xx' xmlns:x='http://purl.org/net/xml2rfc/ext'/>">
55  <!ENTITY status-304             "<xref target='Part4' x:rel='#status.304' xmlns:x='http://purl.org/net/xml2rfc/ext'/>">
56  <!ENTITY status-4xx             "<xref target='Part2' x:rel='#status.4xx' xmlns:x='http://purl.org/net/xml2rfc/ext'/>">
57  <!ENTITY status-414             "<xref target='Part2' x:rel='#status.414' xmlns:x='http://purl.org/net/xml2rfc/ext'/>">
58  <!ENTITY iana-header-registry   "<xref target='Part2' x:rel='#header.field.registry' xmlns:x='http://purl.org/net/xml2rfc/ext'/>">
59]>
60<?rfc toc="yes" ?>
61<?rfc symrefs="yes" ?>
62<?rfc sortrefs="yes" ?>
63<?rfc compact="yes"?>
64<?rfc subcompact="no" ?>
65<?rfc linkmailto="no" ?>
66<?rfc editing="no" ?>
67<?rfc comments="yes"?>
68<?rfc inline="yes"?>
69<?rfc rfcedstyle="yes"?>
70<?rfc-ext allow-markup-in-artwork="yes" ?>
71<?rfc-ext include-references-in-index="yes" ?>
72<rfc obsoletes="2145,2616" updates="2817,2818" category="std" x:maturity-level="proposed"
73     ipr="pre5378Trust200902" docName="draft-ietf-httpbis-p1-messaging-&ID-VERSION;"
74     xmlns:x='http://purl.org/net/xml2rfc/ext'>
75<x:link rel="next" basename="p2-semantics"/>
76<x:feedback template="mailto:ietf-http-wg@w3.org?subject={docname},%20%22{section}%22&amp;body=&lt;{ref}&gt;:"/>
77<front>
78
79  <title abbrev="HTTP/1.1 Message Syntax and Routing">Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP/1.1): Message Syntax and Routing</title>
80
81  <author initials="R." surname="Fielding" fullname="Roy T. Fielding" role="editor">
82    <organization abbrev="Adobe">Adobe Systems Incorporated</organization>
83    <address>
84      <postal>
85        <street>345 Park Ave</street>
86        <city>San Jose</city>
87        <region>CA</region>
88        <code>95110</code>
89        <country>USA</country>
90      </postal>
91      <email>fielding@gbiv.com</email>
92      <uri>http://roy.gbiv.com/</uri>
93    </address>
94  </author>
95
96  <author initials="J. F." surname="Reschke" fullname="Julian F. Reschke" role="editor">
97    <organization abbrev="greenbytes">greenbytes GmbH</organization>
98    <address>
99      <postal>
100        <street>Hafenweg 16</street>
101        <city>Muenster</city><region>NW</region><code>48155</code>
102        <country>Germany</country>
103      </postal>
104      <email>julian.reschke@greenbytes.de</email>
105      <uri>http://greenbytes.de/tech/webdav/</uri>
106    </address>
107  </author>
108
109  <date month="&ID-MONTH;" year="&ID-YEAR;"/>
110  <workgroup>HTTPbis Working Group</workgroup>
111
112<abstract>
113<t>
114   The Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) is an application-level protocol for
115   distributed, collaborative, hypertext information systems. HTTP has been in
116   use by the World Wide Web global information initiative since 1990.
117   This document provides an overview of HTTP architecture and its associated
118   terminology, defines the "http" and "https" Uniform Resource Identifier
119   (URI) schemes, defines the HTTP/1.1 message syntax and parsing requirements,
120   and describes general security concerns for implementations.
121</t>   
122</abstract>
123
124<note title="Editorial Note (To be removed by RFC Editor)">
125  <t>
126    Discussion of this draft takes place on the HTTPBIS working group
127    mailing list (ietf-http-wg@w3.org), which is archived at
128    <eref target="http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/ietf-http-wg/"/>.
129  </t>
130  <t>
131    The current issues list is at
132    <eref target="http://tools.ietf.org/wg/httpbis/trac/report/3"/> and related
133    documents (including fancy diffs) can be found at
134    <eref target="http://tools.ietf.org/wg/httpbis/"/>.
135  </t>
136  <t>
137    The changes in this draft are summarized in <xref target="changes.since.21"/>.
138  </t>
139</note>
140</front>
141<middle>
142<section title="Introduction" anchor="introduction">
143<t>
144   The Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) is an application-level
145   request/response protocol that uses extensible semantics and MIME-like
146   message payloads for flexible interaction with network-based hypertext
147   information systems. This document is the first in a series of documents
148   that collectively form the HTTP/1.1 specification:
149   <list style="empty">
150    <t>RFC xxx1: Message Syntax and Routing</t>
151    <t><xref target="Part2" x:fmt="none">RFC xxx2</xref>: Semantics and Content</t>
152    <t><xref target="Part4" x:fmt="none">RFC xxx3</xref>: Conditional Requests</t>
153    <t><xref target="Part5" x:fmt="none">RFC xxx4</xref>: Range Requests</t>
154    <t><xref target="Part6" x:fmt="none">RFC xxx5</xref>: Caching</t>
155    <t><xref target="Part7" x:fmt="none">RFC xxx6</xref>: Authentication</t>
156   </list>
157</t>
158<t>
159   This HTTP/1.1 specification obsoletes and moves to historic status
160   <xref target="RFC2616" x:fmt="none">RFC 2616</xref>, its predecessor
161   <xref target="RFC2068" x:fmt="none">RFC 2068</xref>, and
162   <xref target="RFC2145" x:fmt="none">RFC 2145</xref> (on HTTP versioning).
163   This specification also updates the use of CONNECT to establish a tunnel,
164   previously defined in <xref target="RFC2817" x:fmt="none">RFC 2817</xref>,
165   and defines the "https" URI scheme that was described informally in
166   <xref target="RFC2818" x:fmt="none">RFC 2818</xref>.
167</t>
168<t>
169   HTTP is a generic interface protocol for information systems. It is
170   designed to hide the details of how a service is implemented by presenting
171   a uniform interface to clients that is independent of the types of
172   resources provided. Likewise, servers do not need to be aware of each
173   client's purpose: an HTTP request can be considered in isolation rather
174   than being associated with a specific type of client or a predetermined
175   sequence of application steps. The result is a protocol that can be used
176   effectively in many different contexts and for which implementations can
177   evolve independently over time.
178</t>
179<t>
180   HTTP is also designed for use as an intermediation protocol for translating
181   communication to and from non-HTTP information systems.
182   HTTP proxies and gateways can provide access to alternative information
183   services by translating their diverse protocols into a hypertext
184   format that can be viewed and manipulated by clients in the same way
185   as HTTP services.
186</t>
187<t>
188   One consequence of this flexibility is that the protocol cannot be
189   defined in terms of what occurs behind the interface. Instead, we
190   are limited to defining the syntax of communication, the intent
191   of received communication, and the expected behavior of recipients.
192   If the communication is considered in isolation, then successful
193   actions ought to be reflected in corresponding changes to the
194   observable interface provided by servers. However, since multiple
195   clients might act in parallel and perhaps at cross-purposes, we
196   cannot require that such changes be observable beyond the scope
197   of a single response.
198</t>
199<t>
200   This document describes the architectural elements that are used or
201   referred to in HTTP, defines the "http" and "https" URI schemes,
202   describes overall network operation and connection management,
203   and defines HTTP message framing and forwarding requirements.
204   Our goal is to define all of the mechanisms necessary for HTTP message
205   handling that are independent of message semantics, thereby defining the
206   complete set of requirements for message parsers and
207   message-forwarding intermediaries.
208</t>
209
210
211<section title="Requirement Notation" anchor="intro.requirements">
212<t>
213   The key words "MUST", "MUST NOT", "REQUIRED", "SHALL", "SHALL NOT",
214   "SHOULD", "SHOULD NOT", "RECOMMENDED", "MAY", and "OPTIONAL" in this
215   document are to be interpreted as described in <xref target="RFC2119"/>.
216</t>
217<t>
218   Conformance criteria and considerations regarding error handling
219   are defined in <xref target="conformance"/>.
220</t>
221</section>
222
223<section title="Syntax Notation" anchor="notation">
224<iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="ALPHA"/>
225<iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="CR"/>
226<iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="CRLF"/>
227<iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="CTL"/>
228<iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="DIGIT"/>
229<iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="DQUOTE"/>
230<iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="HEXDIG"/>
231<iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="HTAB"/>
232<iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="LF"/>
233<iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="OCTET"/>
234<iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="SP"/>
235<iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="VCHAR"/>
236<t>
237   This specification uses the Augmented Backus-Naur Form (ABNF) notation
238   of <xref target="RFC5234"/> with the list rule extension defined in
239   <xref target="abnf.extension"/><xref target="collected.abnf"/> shows
240   the collected ABNF with the list rule expanded.
241</t>
242<t anchor="core.rules">
243  <x:anchor-alias value="ALPHA"/>
244  <x:anchor-alias value="CTL"/>
245  <x:anchor-alias value="CR"/>
246  <x:anchor-alias value="CRLF"/>
247  <x:anchor-alias value="DIGIT"/>
248  <x:anchor-alias value="DQUOTE"/>
249  <x:anchor-alias value="HEXDIG"/>
250  <x:anchor-alias value="HTAB"/>
251  <x:anchor-alias value="LF"/>
252  <x:anchor-alias value="OCTET"/>
253  <x:anchor-alias value="SP"/>
254  <x:anchor-alias value="VCHAR"/>
255   The following core rules are included by
256   reference, as defined in <xref target="RFC5234" x:fmt="," x:sec="B.1"/>:
257   ALPHA (letters), CR (carriage return), CRLF (CR LF), CTL (controls),
258   DIGIT (decimal 0-9), DQUOTE (double quote),
259   HEXDIG (hexadecimal 0-9/A-F/a-f), HTAB (horizontal tab), LF (line feed),
260   OCTET (any 8-bit sequence of data), SP (space), and
261   VCHAR (any visible <xref target="USASCII"/> character).
262</t>
263<t>
264   As a convention, ABNF rule names prefixed with "obs-" denote
265   "obsolete" grammar rules that appear for historical reasons.
266</t>
267</section>
268</section>
269
270<section title="Architecture" anchor="architecture">
271<t>
272   HTTP was created for the World Wide Web architecture
273   and has evolved over time to support the scalability needs of a worldwide
274   hypertext system. Much of that architecture is reflected in the terminology
275   and syntax productions used to define HTTP.
276</t>
277
278<section title="Client/Server Messaging" anchor="operation">
279<iref primary="true" item="client"/>
280<iref primary="true" item="server"/>
281<iref primary="true" item="connection"/>
282<t>
283   HTTP is a stateless request/response protocol that operates by exchanging
284   <x:dfn>messages</x:dfn> (<xref target="http.message"/>) across a reliable
285   transport or session-layer
286   "<x:dfn>connection</x:dfn>" (<xref target="connection.management"/>).
287   An HTTP "<x:dfn>client</x:dfn>" is a program that establishes a connection
288   to a server for the purpose of sending one or more HTTP requests.
289   An HTTP "<x:dfn>server</x:dfn>" is a program that accepts connections
290   in order to service HTTP requests by sending HTTP responses.
291</t>
292<iref primary="true" item="user agent"/>
293<iref primary="true" item="origin server"/>
294<iref primary="true" item="browser"/>
295<iref primary="true" item="spider"/>
296<iref primary="true" item="sender"/>
297<iref primary="true" item="recipient"/>
298<t>
299   The terms client and server refer only to the roles that
300   these programs perform for a particular connection.  The same program
301   might act as a client on some connections and a server on others.
302   We use the term "<x:dfn>user agent</x:dfn>" to refer to any of the various
303   client programs that initiate a request, including (but not limited to)
304   browsers, spiders (web-based robots), command-line tools, native
305   applications, and mobile apps.  The term "<x:dfn>origin server</x:dfn>" is
306   used to refer to the program that can originate authoritative responses to
307   a request. For general requirements, we use the terms
308   "<x:dfn>sender</x:dfn>" and "<x:dfn>recipient</x:dfn>" to refer to any
309   component that sends or receives, respectively, a given message.
310</t>
311<t>
312   HTTP relies upon the Uniform Resource Identifier (URI)
313   standard <xref target="RFC3986"/> to indicate the target resource
314   (<xref target="target-resource"/>) and relationships between resources.
315   Messages are passed in a format similar to that used by Internet mail
316   <xref target="RFC5322"/> and the Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions
317   (MIME) <xref target="RFC2045"/> (see &diff-mime; for the differences
318   between HTTP and MIME messages).
319</t>
320<t>
321   Most HTTP communication consists of a retrieval request (GET) for
322   a representation of some resource identified by a URI.  In the
323   simplest case, this might be accomplished via a single bidirectional
324   connection (===) between the user agent (UA) and the origin server (O).
325</t>
326<figure><artwork type="drawing">
327         request   &gt;
328    <x:highlight>UA</x:highlight> ======================================= <x:highlight>O</x:highlight>
329                                &lt;   response
330</artwork></figure>
331<iref primary="true" item="message"/>
332<iref primary="true" item="request"/>
333<iref primary="true" item="response"/>
334<t>
335   A client sends an HTTP request to a server in the form of a <x:dfn>request</x:dfn>
336   message, beginning with a request-line that includes a method, URI, and
337   protocol version (<xref target="request.line"/>),
338   followed by header fields containing
339   request modifiers, client information, and representation metadata
340   (<xref target="header.fields"/>),
341   an empty line to indicate the end of the header section, and finally
342   a message body containing the payload body (if any,
343   <xref target="message.body"/>).
344</t>
345<t>
346   A server responds to a client's request by sending one or more HTTP
347   <x:dfn>response</x:dfn>
348   messages, each beginning with a status line that
349   includes the protocol version, a success or error code, and textual
350   reason phrase (<xref target="status.line"/>),
351   possibly followed by header fields containing server
352   information, resource metadata, and representation metadata
353   (<xref target="header.fields"/>),
354   an empty line to indicate the end of the header section, and finally
355   a message body containing the payload body (if any,
356   <xref target="message.body"/>).
357</t>
358<t>
359   A connection might be used for multiple request/response exchanges,
360   as defined in <xref target="persistent.connections"/>.
361</t>
362<t>
363   The following example illustrates a typical message exchange for a
364   GET request on the URI "http://www.example.com/hello.txt":
365</t>
366<figure><preamble>
367client request:
368</preamble><artwork type="message/http; msgtype=&#34;request&#34;" x:indent-with="  ">
369GET /hello.txt HTTP/1.1
370User-Agent: curl/7.16.3 libcurl/7.16.3 OpenSSL/0.9.7l zlib/1.2.3
371Host: www.example.com
372Accept-Language: en, mi
373
374</artwork></figure>
375<figure><preamble>
376server response:
377</preamble><artwork type="message/http; msgtype=&#34;response&#34;" x:indent-with="  ">
378HTTP/1.1 200 OK
379Date: Mon, 27 Jul 2009 12:28:53 GMT
380Server: Apache
381Last-Modified: Wed, 22 Jul 2009 19:15:56 GMT
382ETag: "34aa387-d-1568eb00"
383Accept-Ranges: bytes
384Content-Length: <x:length-of target="exbody"/>
385Vary: Accept-Encoding
386Content-Type: text/plain
387
388<x:span anchor="exbody">Hello World!
389</x:span></artwork></figure>
390</section>
391
392<section title="Implementation Diversity" anchor="implementation-diversity">
393<t>
394   When considering the design of HTTP, it is easy to fall into a trap of
395   thinking that all user agents are general-purpose browsers and all origin
396   servers are large public websites. That is not the case in practice.
397   Common HTTP user agents include household appliances, stereos, scales,
398   firmware update scripts, command-line programs, mobile apps,
399   and communication devices in a multitude of shapes and sizes.  Likewise,
400   common HTTP origin servers include home automation units, configurable
401   networking components, office machines, autonomous robots, news feeds,
402   traffic cameras, ad selectors, and video delivery platforms.
403</t>
404<t>
405   The term "user agent" does not imply that there is a human user directly
406   interacting with the software agent at the time of a request. In many
407   cases, a user agent is installed or configured to run in the background
408   and save its results for later inspection (or save only a subset of those
409   results that might be interesting or erroneous). Spiders, for example, are
410   typically given a start URI and configured to follow certain behavior while
411   crawling the Web as a hypertext graph.
412</t>
413<t>
414   The implementation diversity of HTTP means that we cannot assume the
415   user agent can make interactive suggestions to a user or provide adequate
416   warning for security or privacy options.  In the few cases where this
417   specification requires reporting of errors to the user, it is acceptable
418   for such reporting to only be observable in an error console or log file.
419   Likewise, requirements that an automated action be confirmed by the user
420   before proceeding can be met via advance configuration choices,
421   run-time options, or simply not proceeding with the unsafe action.
422</t>
423</section>
424
425<section title="Intermediaries" anchor="intermediaries">
426<iref primary="true" item="intermediary"/>
427<t>
428   HTTP enables the use of intermediaries to satisfy requests through
429   a chain of connections.  There are three common forms of HTTP
430   <x:dfn>intermediary</x:dfn>: proxy, gateway, and tunnel.  In some cases,
431   a single intermediary might act as an origin server, proxy, gateway,
432   or tunnel, switching behavior based on the nature of each request.
433</t>
434<figure><artwork type="drawing">
435         &gt;             &gt;             &gt;             &gt;
436    <x:highlight>UA</x:highlight> =========== <x:highlight>A</x:highlight> =========== <x:highlight>B</x:highlight> =========== <x:highlight>C</x:highlight> =========== <x:highlight>O</x:highlight>
437               &lt;             &lt;             &lt;             &lt;
438</artwork></figure>
439<t>
440   The figure above shows three intermediaries (A, B, and C) between the
441   user agent and origin server. A request or response message that
442   travels the whole chain will pass through four separate connections.
443   Some HTTP communication options
444   might apply only to the connection with the nearest, non-tunnel
445   neighbor, only to the end-points of the chain, or to all connections
446   along the chain. Although the diagram is linear, each participant might
447   be engaged in multiple, simultaneous communications. For example, B
448   might be receiving requests from many clients other than A, and/or
449   forwarding requests to servers other than C, at the same time that it
450   is handling A's request.
451</t>
452<t>
453<iref primary="true" item="upstream"/><iref primary="true" item="downstream"/>
454<iref primary="true" item="inbound"/><iref primary="true" item="outbound"/>
455   We use the terms "<x:dfn>upstream</x:dfn>" and "<x:dfn>downstream</x:dfn>"
456   to describe various requirements in relation to the directional flow of a
457   message: all messages flow from upstream to downstream.
458   Likewise, we use the terms inbound and outbound to refer to
459   directions in relation to the request path:
460   "<x:dfn>inbound</x:dfn>" means toward the origin server and
461   "<x:dfn>outbound</x:dfn>" means toward the user agent.
462</t>
463<t><iref primary="true" item="proxy"/>
464   A "<x:dfn>proxy</x:dfn>" is a message forwarding agent that is selected by the
465   client, usually via local configuration rules, to receive requests
466   for some type(s) of absolute URI and attempt to satisfy those
467   requests via translation through the HTTP interface.  Some translations
468   are minimal, such as for proxy requests for "http" URIs, whereas
469   other requests might require translation to and from entirely different
470   application-level protocols. Proxies are often used to group an
471   organization's HTTP requests through a common intermediary for the
472   sake of security, annotation services, or shared caching.
473</t>
474<t>
475<iref primary="true" item="transforming proxy"/>
476<iref primary="true" item="non-transforming proxy"/>
477   An HTTP-to-HTTP proxy is called a "<x:dfn>transforming proxy</x:dfn>" if it is designed
478   or configured to modify request or response messages in a semantically
479   meaningful way (i.e., modifications, beyond those required by normal
480   HTTP processing, that change the message in a way that would be
481   significant to the original sender or potentially significant to
482   downstream recipients).  For example, a transforming proxy might be
483   acting as a shared annotation server (modifying responses to include
484   references to a local annotation database), a malware filter, a
485   format transcoder, or an intranet-to-Internet privacy filter.  Such
486   transformations are presumed to be desired by the client (or client
487   organization) that selected the proxy and are beyond the scope of
488   this specification.  However, when a proxy is not intended to transform
489   a given message, we use the term "<x:dfn>non-transforming proxy</x:dfn>" to target
490   requirements that preserve HTTP message semantics. See &status-203; and
491   &header-warning; for status and warning codes related to transformations.
492</t>
493<t><iref primary="true" item="gateway"/><iref primary="true" item="reverse proxy"/>
494<iref primary="true" item="accelerator"/>
495   A "<x:dfn>gateway</x:dfn>" (a.k.a., "<x:dfn>reverse proxy</x:dfn>")
496   is a receiving agent that acts
497   as a layer above some other server(s) and translates the received
498   requests to the underlying server's protocol.  Gateways are often
499   used to encapsulate legacy or untrusted information services, to
500   improve server performance through "<x:dfn>accelerator</x:dfn>" caching, and to
501   enable partitioning or load-balancing of HTTP services across
502   multiple machines.
503</t>
504<t>
505   A gateway behaves as an origin server on its outbound connection and
506   as a user agent on its inbound connection.
507   All HTTP requirements applicable to an origin server
508   also apply to the outbound communication of a gateway.
509   A gateway communicates with inbound servers using any protocol that
510   it desires, including private extensions to HTTP that are outside
511   the scope of this specification.  However, an HTTP-to-HTTP gateway
512   that wishes to interoperate with third-party HTTP servers &MUST;
513   conform to HTTP user agent requirements on the gateway's inbound
514   connection and &MUST; implement the <x:ref>Connection</x:ref>
515   (<xref target="header.connection"/>) and <x:ref>Via</x:ref>
516   (<xref target="header.via"/>) header fields for both connections.
517</t>
518<t><iref primary="true" item="tunnel"/>
519   A "<x:dfn>tunnel</x:dfn>" acts as a blind relay between two connections
520   without changing the messages. Once active, a tunnel is not
521   considered a party to the HTTP communication, though the tunnel might
522   have been initiated by an HTTP request. A tunnel ceases to exist when
523   both ends of the relayed connection are closed. Tunnels are used to
524   extend a virtual connection through an intermediary, such as when
525   Transport Layer Security (TLS, <xref target="RFC5246"/>) is used to
526   establish confidential communication through a shared firewall proxy.
527</t>
528<t><iref primary="true" item="interception proxy"/>
529<iref primary="true" item="transparent proxy"/>
530<iref primary="true" item="captive portal"/>
531   The above categories for intermediary only consider those acting as
532   participants in the HTTP communication.  There are also intermediaries
533   that can act on lower layers of the network protocol stack, filtering or
534   redirecting HTTP traffic without the knowledge or permission of message
535   senders. Network intermediaries often introduce security flaws or
536   interoperability problems by violating HTTP semantics.  For example, an
537   "<x:dfn>interception proxy</x:dfn>" <xref target="RFC3040"/> (also commonly
538   known as a "<x:dfn>transparent proxy</x:dfn>" <xref target="RFC1919"/> or
539   "<x:dfn>captive portal</x:dfn>")
540   differs from an HTTP proxy because it is not selected by the client.
541   Instead, an interception proxy filters or redirects outgoing TCP port 80
542   packets (and occasionally other common port traffic).
543   Interception proxies are commonly found on public network access points,
544   as a means of enforcing account subscription prior to allowing use of
545   non-local Internet services, and within corporate firewalls to enforce
546   network usage policies.
547   They are indistinguishable from a man-in-the-middle attack.
548</t>
549<t>
550   HTTP is defined as a stateless protocol, meaning that each request message
551   can be understood in isolation.  Many implementations depend on HTTP's
552   stateless design in order to reuse proxied connections or dynamically
553   load-balance requests across multiple servers.  Hence, servers &MUST-NOT;
554   assume that two requests on the same connection are from the same user
555   agent unless the connection is secured and specific to that agent.
556   Some non-standard HTTP extensions (e.g., <xref target="RFC4559"/>) have
557   been known to violate this requirement, resulting in security and
558   interoperability problems.
559</t>
560</section>
561
562<section title="Caches" anchor="caches">
563<iref primary="true" item="cache"/>
564<t>
565   A "<x:dfn>cache</x:dfn>" is a local store of previous response messages and the
566   subsystem that controls its message storage, retrieval, and deletion.
567   A cache stores cacheable responses in order to reduce the response
568   time and network bandwidth consumption on future, equivalent
569   requests. Any client or server &MAY; employ a cache, though a cache
570   cannot be used by a server while it is acting as a tunnel.
571</t>
572<t>
573   The effect of a cache is that the request/response chain is shortened
574   if one of the participants along the chain has a cached response
575   applicable to that request. The following illustrates the resulting
576   chain if B has a cached copy of an earlier response from O (via C)
577   for a request which has not been cached by UA or A.
578</t>
579<figure><artwork type="drawing">
580            &gt;             &gt;
581       <x:highlight>UA</x:highlight> =========== <x:highlight>A</x:highlight> =========== <x:highlight>B</x:highlight> - - - - - - <x:highlight>C</x:highlight> - - - - - - <x:highlight>O</x:highlight>
582                  &lt;             &lt;
583</artwork></figure>
584<t><iref primary="true" item="cacheable"/>
585   A response is "<x:dfn>cacheable</x:dfn>" if a cache is allowed to store a copy of
586   the response message for use in answering subsequent requests.
587   Even when a response is cacheable, there might be additional
588   constraints placed by the client or by the origin server on when
589   that cached response can be used for a particular request. HTTP
590   requirements for cache behavior and cacheable responses are
591   defined in &caching-overview;
592</t>
593<t>
594   There are a wide variety of architectures and configurations
595   of caches deployed across the World Wide Web and
596   inside large organizations. These include national hierarchies
597   of proxy caches to save transoceanic bandwidth, collaborative systems that
598   broadcast or multicast cache entries, archives of pre-fetched cache
599   entries for use in off-line or high-latency environments, and so on.
600</t>
601</section>
602
603<section title="Conformance and Error Handling" anchor="conformance">
604<t>
605   This specification targets conformance criteria according to the role of
606   a participant in HTTP communication.  Hence, HTTP requirements are placed
607   on senders, recipients, clients, servers, user agents, intermediaries,
608   origin servers, proxies, gateways, or caches, depending on what behavior
609   is being constrained by the requirement. Additional (social) requirements
610   are placed on implementations, resource owners, and protocol element
611   registrations when they apply beyond the scope of a single communication.
612</t>
613<t>
614   The verb "generate" is used instead of "send" where a requirement
615   differentiates between creating a protocol element and merely forwarding a
616   received element downstream.
617</t>
618<t>
619   An implementation is considered conformant if it complies with all of the
620   requirements associated with the roles it partakes in HTTP. Note that
621   SHOULD-level requirements are relevant here, unless one of the documented
622   exceptions is applicable.
623</t>
624<t>
625   Conformance applies to both the syntax and semantics of HTTP protocol
626   elements. A sender &MUST-NOT; generate protocol elements that convey a
627   meaning that is known by that sender to be false. A sender &MUST-NOT;
628   generate protocol elements that do not match the grammar defined by the
629   ABNF rules for those protocol elements that are applicable to the sender's
630   role. If a received protocol element is processed, the recipient &MUST; be
631   able to parse any value that would match the ABNF rules for that protocol
632   element, excluding only those rules not applicable to the recipient's role.
633</t>
634<t>
635   Unless noted otherwise, a recipient &MAY; attempt to recover a usable
636   protocol element from an invalid construct.  HTTP does not define
637   specific error handling mechanisms except when they have a direct impact
638   on security, since different applications of the protocol require
639   different error handling strategies.  For example, a Web browser might
640   wish to transparently recover from a response where the
641   <x:ref>Location</x:ref> header field doesn't parse according to the ABNF,
642   whereas a systems control client might consider any form of error recovery
643   to be dangerous.
644</t>
645</section>
646
647<section title="Protocol Versioning" anchor="http.version">
648  <x:anchor-alias value="HTTP-version"/>
649  <x:anchor-alias value="HTTP-name"/>
650<t>
651   HTTP uses a "&lt;major&gt;.&lt;minor&gt;" numbering scheme to indicate
652   versions of the protocol. This specification defines version "1.1".
653   The protocol version as a whole indicates the sender's conformance
654   with the set of requirements laid out in that version's corresponding
655   specification of HTTP.
656</t>
657<t>
658   The version of an HTTP message is indicated by an HTTP-version field
659   in the first line of the message. HTTP-version is case-sensitive.
660</t>
661<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="HTTP-version"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="HTTP-name"/>
662  <x:ref>HTTP-version</x:ref>  = <x:ref>HTTP-name</x:ref> "/" <x:ref>DIGIT</x:ref> "." <x:ref>DIGIT</x:ref>
663  <x:ref>HTTP-name</x:ref>     = <x:abnf-char-sequence>"HTTP"</x:abnf-char-sequence> ; "HTTP", case-sensitive
664</artwork></figure>
665<t>
666   The HTTP version number consists of two decimal digits separated by a "."
667   (period or decimal point).  The first digit ("major version") indicates the
668   HTTP messaging syntax, whereas the second digit ("minor version") indicates
669   the highest minor version to which the sender is
670   conformant and able to understand for future communication.  The minor
671   version advertises the sender's communication capabilities even when the
672   sender is only using a backwards-compatible subset of the protocol,
673   thereby letting the recipient know that more advanced features can
674   be used in response (by servers) or in future requests (by clients).
675</t>
676<t>
677   When an HTTP/1.1 message is sent to an HTTP/1.0 recipient
678   <xref target="RFC1945"/> or a recipient whose version is unknown,
679   the HTTP/1.1 message is constructed such that it can be interpreted
680   as a valid HTTP/1.0 message if all of the newer features are ignored.
681   This specification places recipient-version requirements on some
682   new features so that a conformant sender will only use compatible
683   features until it has determined, through configuration or the
684   receipt of a message, that the recipient supports HTTP/1.1.
685</t>
686<t>
687   The interpretation of a header field does not change between minor
688   versions of the same major HTTP version, though the default
689   behavior of a recipient in the absence of such a field can change.
690   Unless specified otherwise, header fields defined in HTTP/1.1 are
691   defined for all versions of HTTP/1.x.  In particular, the <x:ref>Host</x:ref>
692   and <x:ref>Connection</x:ref> header fields ought to be implemented by all
693   HTTP/1.x implementations whether or not they advertise conformance with
694   HTTP/1.1.
695</t>
696<t>
697   New header fields can be defined such that, when they are
698   understood by a recipient, they might override or enhance the
699   interpretation of previously defined header fields.  When an
700   implementation receives an unrecognized header field, the recipient
701   &MUST; ignore that header field for local processing regardless of
702   the message's HTTP version.  An unrecognized header field received
703   by a proxy &MUST; be forwarded downstream unless the header field's
704   field-name is listed in the message's <x:ref>Connection</x:ref> header field
705   (see <xref target="header.connection"/>).
706   These requirements allow HTTP's functionality to be enhanced without
707   requiring prior update of deployed intermediaries.
708</t>
709<t>
710   Intermediaries that process HTTP messages (i.e., all intermediaries
711   other than those acting as tunnels) &MUST; send their own HTTP-version
712   in forwarded messages.  In other words, they &MUST-NOT; blindly
713   forward the first line of an HTTP message without ensuring that the
714   protocol version in that message matches a version to which that
715   intermediary is conformant for both the receiving and
716   sending of messages.  Forwarding an HTTP message without rewriting
717   the HTTP-version might result in communication errors when downstream
718   recipients use the message sender's version to determine what features
719   are safe to use for later communication with that sender.
720</t>
721<t>
722   An HTTP client &SHOULD; send a request version equal to the highest
723   version to which the client is conformant and
724   whose major version is no higher than the highest version supported
725   by the server, if this is known.  An HTTP client &MUST-NOT; send a
726   version to which it is not conformant.
727</t>
728<t>
729   An HTTP client &MAY; send a lower request version if it is known that
730   the server incorrectly implements the HTTP specification, but only
731   after the client has attempted at least one normal request and determined
732   from the response status or header fields (e.g., <x:ref>Server</x:ref>) that
733   the server improperly handles higher request versions.
734</t>
735<t>
736   An HTTP server &SHOULD; send a response version equal to the highest
737   version to which the server is conformant and
738   whose major version is less than or equal to the one received in the
739   request.  An HTTP server &MUST-NOT; send a version to which it is not
740   conformant.  A server &MAY; send a <x:ref>505 (HTTP Version Not
741   Supported)</x:ref> response if it cannot send a response using the
742   major version used in the client's request.
743</t>
744<t>
745   An HTTP server &MAY; send an HTTP/1.0 response to an HTTP/1.0 request
746   if it is known or suspected that the client incorrectly implements the
747   HTTP specification and is incapable of correctly processing later
748   version responses, such as when a client fails to parse the version
749   number correctly or when an intermediary is known to blindly forward
750   the HTTP-version even when it doesn't conform to the given minor
751   version of the protocol. Such protocol downgrades &SHOULD-NOT; be
752   performed unless triggered by specific client attributes, such as when
753   one or more of the request header fields (e.g., <x:ref>User-Agent</x:ref>)
754   uniquely match the values sent by a client known to be in error.
755</t>
756<t>
757   The intention of HTTP's versioning design is that the major number
758   will only be incremented if an incompatible message syntax is
759   introduced, and that the minor number will only be incremented when
760   changes made to the protocol have the effect of adding to the message
761   semantics or implying additional capabilities of the sender.  However,
762   the minor version was not incremented for the changes introduced between
763   <xref target="RFC2068"/> and <xref target="RFC2616"/>, and this revision
764   has specifically avoiding any such changes to the protocol.
765</t>
766</section>
767
768<section title="Uniform Resource Identifiers" anchor="uri">
769<iref primary="true" item="resource"/>
770<t>
771   Uniform Resource Identifiers (URIs) <xref target="RFC3986"/> are used
772   throughout HTTP as the means for identifying resources (&resource;).
773   URI references are used to target requests, indicate redirects, and define
774   relationships.
775</t>
776  <x:anchor-alias value="URI-reference"/>
777  <x:anchor-alias value="absolute-URI"/>
778  <x:anchor-alias value="relative-part"/>
779  <x:anchor-alias value="authority"/>
780  <x:anchor-alias value="path-abempty"/>
781  <x:anchor-alias value="path-absolute"/>
782  <x:anchor-alias value="port"/>
783  <x:anchor-alias value="query"/>
784  <x:anchor-alias value="uri-host"/>
785  <x:anchor-alias value="partial-URI"/>
786<t>
787   This specification adopts the definitions of "URI-reference",
788   "absolute-URI", "relative-part", "port", "host",
789   "path-abempty", "path-absolute", "query", and "authority" from the
790   URI generic syntax.
791   In addition, we define a partial-URI rule for protocol elements
792   that allow a relative URI but not a fragment.
793</t>
794<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="URI-reference"><!--exported production--></iref><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="absolute-URI"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="authority"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="path-absolute"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="port"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="query"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="uri-host"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="partial-URI"><!--exported production--></iref>
795  <x:ref>URI-reference</x:ref> = &lt;URI-reference, defined in <xref target="RFC3986" x:fmt="," x:sec="4.1"/>&gt;
796  <x:ref>absolute-URI</x:ref>  = &lt;absolute-URI, defined in <xref target="RFC3986" x:fmt="," x:sec="4.3"/>&gt;
797  <x:ref>relative-part</x:ref> = &lt;relative-part, defined in <xref target="RFC3986" x:fmt="," x:sec="4.2"/>&gt;
798  <x:ref>authority</x:ref>     = &lt;authority, defined in <xref target="RFC3986" x:fmt="," x:sec="3.2"/>&gt;
799  <x:ref>path-abempty</x:ref>  = &lt;path-abempty, defined in <xref target="RFC3986" x:fmt="," x:sec="3.3"/>&gt;
800  <x:ref>path-absolute</x:ref> = &lt;path-absolute, defined in <xref target="RFC3986" x:fmt="," x:sec="3.3"/>&gt;
801  <x:ref>port</x:ref>          = &lt;port, defined in <xref target="RFC3986" x:fmt="," x:sec="3.2.3"/>&gt;
802  <x:ref>query</x:ref>         = &lt;query, defined in <xref target="RFC3986" x:fmt="," x:sec="3.4"/>&gt;
803  <x:ref>uri-host</x:ref>      = &lt;host, defined in <xref target="RFC3986" x:fmt="," x:sec="3.2.2"/>&gt;
804 
805  <x:ref>partial-URI</x:ref>   = relative-part [ "?" query ]
806</artwork></figure>
807<t>
808   Each protocol element in HTTP that allows a URI reference will indicate
809   in its ABNF production whether the element allows any form of reference
810   (URI-reference), only a URI in absolute form (absolute-URI), only the
811   path and optional query components, or some combination of the above.
812   Unless otherwise indicated, URI references are parsed
813   relative to the effective request URI
814   (<xref target="effective.request.uri"/>).
815</t>
816
817<section title="http URI scheme" anchor="http.uri">
818  <x:anchor-alias value="http-URI"/>
819  <iref item="http URI scheme" primary="true"/>
820  <iref item="URI scheme" subitem="http" primary="true"/>
821<t>
822   The "http" URI scheme is hereby defined for the purpose of minting
823   identifiers according to their association with the hierarchical
824   namespace governed by a potential HTTP origin server listening for
825   TCP connections on a given port.
826</t>
827<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="http-URI"><!--terminal production--></iref>
828  <x:ref>http-URI</x:ref> = "http:" "//" <x:ref>authority</x:ref> <x:ref>path-abempty</x:ref> [ "?" <x:ref>query</x:ref> ]
829</artwork></figure>
830<t>
831   The HTTP origin server is identified by the generic syntax's
832   <x:ref>authority</x:ref> component, which includes a host identifier
833   and optional TCP port (<xref target="RFC3986" x:fmt="," x:sec="3.2.2"/>).
834   The remainder of the URI, consisting of both the hierarchical path
835   component and optional query component, serves as an identifier for
836   a potential resource within that origin server's name space.
837</t>
838<t>
839   If the host identifier is provided as an IP address,
840   then the origin server is any listener on the indicated TCP port at
841   that IP address. If host is a registered name, then that name is
842   considered an indirect identifier and the recipient might use a name
843   resolution service, such as DNS, to find the address of a listener
844   for that host.
845   The host &MUST-NOT; be empty; if an "http" URI is received with an
846   empty host, then it &MUST; be rejected as invalid.
847   If the port subcomponent is empty or not given, then TCP port 80 is
848   assumed (the default reserved port for WWW services).
849</t>
850<t>
851   Regardless of the form of host identifier, access to that host is not
852   implied by the mere presence of its name or address. The host might or might
853   not exist and, even when it does exist, might or might not be running an
854   HTTP server or listening to the indicated port. The "http" URI scheme
855   makes use of the delegated nature of Internet names and addresses to
856   establish a naming authority (whatever entity has the ability to place
857   an HTTP server at that Internet name or address) and allows that
858   authority to determine which names are valid and how they might be used.
859</t>
860<t>
861   When an "http" URI is used within a context that calls for access to the
862   indicated resource, a client &MAY; attempt access by resolving
863   the host to an IP address, establishing a TCP connection to that address
864   on the indicated port, and sending an HTTP request message
865   (<xref target="http.message"/>) containing the URI's identifying data
866   (<xref target="message.routing"/>) to the server.
867   If the server responds to that request with a non-interim HTTP response
868   message, as described in &status-codes;, then that response
869   is considered an authoritative answer to the client's request.
870</t>
871<t>
872   Although HTTP is independent of the transport protocol, the "http"
873   scheme is specific to TCP-based services because the name delegation
874   process depends on TCP for establishing authority.
875   An HTTP service based on some other underlying connection protocol
876   would presumably be identified using a different URI scheme, just as
877   the "https" scheme (below) is used for resources that require an
878   end-to-end secured connection. Other protocols might also be used to
879   provide access to "http" identified resources &mdash; it is only the
880   authoritative interface used for mapping the namespace that is
881   specific to TCP.
882</t>
883<t>
884   The URI generic syntax for authority also includes a deprecated
885   userinfo subcomponent (<xref target="RFC3986" x:fmt="," x:sec="3.2.1"/>)
886   for including user authentication information in the URI.  Some
887   implementations make use of the userinfo component for internal
888   configuration of authentication information, such as within command
889   invocation options, configuration files, or bookmark lists, even
890   though such usage might expose a user identifier or password.
891   Senders &MUST; exclude the userinfo subcomponent (and its "@"
892   delimiter) when an "http" URI is transmitted within a message as a
893   request target or header field value.
894   Recipients of an "http" URI reference &SHOULD; parse for userinfo and
895   treat its presence as an error, since it is likely being used to obscure
896   the authority for the sake of phishing attacks.
897</t>
898</section>
899
900<section title="https URI scheme" anchor="https.uri">
901   <x:anchor-alias value="https-URI"/>
902   <iref item="https URI scheme"/>
903   <iref item="URI scheme" subitem="https"/>
904<t>
905   The "https" URI scheme is hereby defined for the purpose of minting
906   identifiers according to their association with the hierarchical
907   namespace governed by a potential HTTP origin server listening to a
908   given TCP port for TLS-secured connections <xref target="RFC5246"/>.
909</t>
910<t>
911   All of the requirements listed above for the "http" scheme are also
912   requirements for the "https" scheme, except that a default TCP port
913   of 443 is assumed if the port subcomponent is empty or not given,
914   and the TCP connection &MUST; be secured, end-to-end, through the
915   use of strong encryption prior to sending the first HTTP request.
916</t>
917<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="https-URI"><!--terminal production--></iref>
918  <x:ref>https-URI</x:ref> = "https:" "//" <x:ref>authority</x:ref> <x:ref>path-abempty</x:ref> [ "?" <x:ref>query</x:ref> ]
919</artwork></figure>
920<t>
921   Resources made available via the "https" scheme have no shared
922   identity with the "http" scheme even if their resource identifiers
923   indicate the same authority (the same host listening to the same
924   TCP port).  They are distinct name spaces and are considered to be
925   distinct origin servers.  However, an extension to HTTP that is
926   defined to apply to entire host domains, such as the Cookie protocol
927   <xref target="RFC6265"/>, can allow information
928   set by one service to impact communication with other services
929   within a matching group of host domains.
930</t>
931<t>
932   The process for authoritative access to an "https" identified
933   resource is defined in <xref target="RFC2818"/>.
934</t>
935</section>
936
937<section title="http and https URI Normalization and Comparison" anchor="uri.comparison">
938<t>
939   Since the "http" and "https" schemes conform to the URI generic syntax,
940   such URIs are normalized and compared according to the algorithm defined
941   in <xref target="RFC3986" x:fmt="," x:sec="6"/>, using the defaults
942   described above for each scheme.
943</t>
944<t>
945   If the port is equal to the default port for a scheme, the normal form is
946   to elide the port subcomponent. When not being used in absolute form as the
947   request target of an OPTIONS request, an empty path component is equivalent
948   to an absolute path of "/", so the normal form is to provide a path of "/"
949   instead. The scheme and host are case-insensitive and normally provided in
950   lowercase; all other components are compared in a case-sensitive manner.
951   Characters other than those in the "reserved" set are equivalent to their
952   percent-encoded octets (see <xref target="RFC3986" x:fmt=","
953   x:sec="2.1"/>): the normal form is to not encode them.
954</t>
955<t>
956   For example, the following three URIs are equivalent:
957</t>
958<figure><artwork type="example">
959   http://example.com:80/~smith/home.html
960   http://EXAMPLE.com/%7Esmith/home.html
961   http://EXAMPLE.com:/%7esmith/home.html
962</artwork></figure>
963</section>
964</section>
965</section>
966
967<section title="Message Format" anchor="http.message">
968<x:anchor-alias value="generic-message"/>
969<x:anchor-alias value="message.types"/>
970<x:anchor-alias value="HTTP-message"/>
971<x:anchor-alias value="start-line"/>
972<iref item="header section"/>
973<iref item="headers"/>
974<iref item="header field"/>
975<t>
976   All HTTP/1.1 messages consist of a start-line followed by a sequence of
977   octets in a format similar to the Internet Message Format
978   <xref target="RFC5322"/>: zero or more header fields (collectively
979   referred to as the "headers" or the "header section"), an empty line
980   indicating the end of the header section, and an optional message body.
981</t>
982<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="HTTP-message"><!--terminal production--></iref>
983  <x:ref>HTTP-message</x:ref>   = <x:ref>start-line</x:ref>
984                   *( <x:ref>header-field</x:ref> <x:ref>CRLF</x:ref> )
985                   <x:ref>CRLF</x:ref>
986                   [ <x:ref>message-body</x:ref> ]
987</artwork></figure>
988<t>
989   The normal procedure for parsing an HTTP message is to read the
990   start-line into a structure, read each header field into a hash
991   table by field name until the empty line, and then use the parsed
992   data to determine if a message body is expected.  If a message body
993   has been indicated, then it is read as a stream until an amount
994   of octets equal to the message body length is read or the connection
995   is closed.
996</t>
997<t>
998   Recipients &MUST; parse an HTTP message as a sequence of octets in an
999   encoding that is a superset of US-ASCII <xref target="USASCII"/>.
1000   Parsing an HTTP message as a stream of Unicode characters, without regard
1001   for the specific encoding, creates security vulnerabilities due to the
1002   varying ways that string processing libraries handle invalid multibyte
1003   character sequences that contain the octet LF (%x0A).  String-based
1004   parsers can only be safely used within protocol elements after the element
1005   has been extracted from the message, such as within a header field-value
1006   after message parsing has delineated the individual fields.
1007</t>
1008<t>
1009   An HTTP message can be parsed as a stream for incremental processing or
1010   forwarding downstream.  However, recipients cannot rely on incremental
1011   delivery of partial messages, since some implementations will buffer or
1012   delay message forwarding for the sake of network efficiency, security
1013   checks, or payload transformations.
1014</t>
1015
1016<section title="Start Line" anchor="start.line">
1017  <x:anchor-alias value="Start-Line"/>
1018<t>
1019   An HTTP message can either be a request from client to server or a
1020   response from server to client.  Syntactically, the two types of message
1021   differ only in the start-line, which is either a request-line (for requests)
1022   or a status-line (for responses), and in the algorithm for determining
1023   the length of the message body (<xref target="message.body"/>).
1024</t>
1025<t>
1026   In theory, a client could receive requests and a server could receive
1027   responses, distinguishing them by their different start-line formats,
1028   but in practice servers are implemented to only expect a request
1029   (a response is interpreted as an unknown or invalid request method)
1030   and clients are implemented to only expect a response.
1031</t>
1032<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="start-line"/>
1033  <x:ref>start-line</x:ref>     = <x:ref>request-line</x:ref> / <x:ref>status-line</x:ref>
1034</artwork></figure>
1035<t>
1036   A sender &MUST-NOT; send whitespace between the start-line and
1037   the first header field. The presence of such whitespace in a request
1038   might be an attempt to trick a server into ignoring that field or
1039   processing the line after it as a new request, either of which might
1040   result in a security vulnerability if other implementations within
1041   the request chain interpret the same message differently.
1042   Likewise, the presence of such whitespace in a response might be
1043   ignored by some clients or cause others to cease parsing.
1044</t>
1045<t>
1046   A recipient that receives whitespace between the start-line and
1047   the first header field &MUST; either reject the message as invalid or
1048   consume each whitespace-preceded line without further processing of it
1049   (i.e., ignore the entire line, along with any subsequent lines preceded
1050   by whitespace, until a properly formed header field is received or the
1051   header block is terminated).
1052</t>
1053
1054<section title="Request Line" anchor="request.line">
1055  <x:anchor-alias value="Request"/>
1056  <x:anchor-alias value="request-line"/>
1057<t>
1058   A request-line begins with a method token, followed by a single
1059   space (SP), the request-target, another single space (SP), the
1060   protocol version, and ending with CRLF.
1061</t>
1062<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="request-line"/>
1063  <x:ref>request-line</x:ref>   = <x:ref>method</x:ref> <x:ref>SP</x:ref> <x:ref>request-target</x:ref> <x:ref>SP</x:ref> <x:ref>HTTP-version</x:ref> <x:ref>CRLF</x:ref>
1064</artwork></figure>
1065<iref primary="true" item="method"/>
1066<t anchor="method">
1067   The method token indicates the request method to be performed on the
1068   target resource. The request method is case-sensitive.
1069</t>
1070<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="method"/>
1071  <x:ref>method</x:ref>         = <x:ref>token</x:ref>
1072</artwork></figure>
1073<t>
1074   The methods defined by this specification can be found in
1075   &methods;, along with information regarding the HTTP method registry
1076   and considerations for defining new methods.
1077</t>
1078<iref item="request-target"/>
1079<t>
1080   The request-target identifies the target resource upon which to apply
1081   the request, as defined in <xref target="request-target"/>.
1082</t>
1083<t>
1084   No whitespace is allowed inside the method, request-target, and
1085   protocol version.  Hence, recipients typically parse the request-line
1086   into its component parts by splitting on whitespace
1087   (see <xref target="message.robustness"/>).
1088</t>
1089<t>
1090   Unfortunately, some user agents fail to properly encode hypertext
1091   references that have embedded whitespace, sending the characters directly
1092   instead of properly encoding or excluding the disallowed characters.
1093   Recipients of an invalid request-line &SHOULD; respond with either a
1094   <x:ref>400 (Bad Request)</x:ref> error or a <x:ref>301 (Moved Permanently)</x:ref>
1095   redirect with the request-target properly encoded.  Recipients &SHOULD-NOT;
1096   attempt to autocorrect and then process the request without a redirect,
1097   since the invalid request-line might be deliberately crafted to bypass
1098   security filters along the request chain.
1099</t>
1100<t>
1101   HTTP does not place a pre-defined limit on the length of a request-line.
1102   A server that receives a method longer than any that it implements
1103   &SHOULD; respond with either a <x:ref>405 (Method Not Allowed)</x:ref>, if it is an origin
1104   server, or a <x:ref>501 (Not Implemented)</x:ref> status code.
1105   A server &MUST; be prepared to receive URIs of unbounded length and
1106   respond with the <x:ref>414 (URI Too Long)</x:ref> status code if the received
1107   request-target would be longer than the server wishes to handle
1108   (see &status-414;).
1109</t>
1110<t>
1111   Various ad-hoc limitations on request-line length are found in practice.
1112   It is &RECOMMENDED; that all HTTP senders and recipients support, at a
1113   minimum, request-line lengths of 8000 octets.
1114</t>
1115</section>
1116
1117<section title="Status Line" anchor="status.line">
1118  <x:anchor-alias value="response"/>
1119  <x:anchor-alias value="status-line"/>
1120  <x:anchor-alias value="status-code"/>
1121  <x:anchor-alias value="reason-phrase"/>
1122<t>
1123   The first line of a response message is the status-line, consisting
1124   of the protocol version, a space (SP), the status code, another space,
1125   a possibly-empty textual phrase describing the status code, and
1126   ending with CRLF.
1127</t>
1128<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="status-line"/>
1129  <x:ref>status-line</x:ref> = <x:ref>HTTP-version</x:ref> <x:ref>SP</x:ref> <x:ref>status-code</x:ref> <x:ref>SP</x:ref> <x:ref>reason-phrase</x:ref> <x:ref>CRLF</x:ref>
1130</artwork></figure>
1131<t>
1132   The status-code element is a 3-digit integer code describing the
1133   result of the server's attempt to understand and satisfy the client's
1134   corresponding request. The rest of the response message is to be
1135   interpreted in light of the semantics defined for that status code.
1136   See &status-codes; for information about the semantics of status codes,
1137   including the classes of status code (indicated by the first digit),
1138   the status codes defined by this specification, considerations for the
1139   definition of new status codes, and the IANA registry.
1140</t>
1141<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="status-code"/>
1142  <x:ref>status-code</x:ref>    = 3<x:ref>DIGIT</x:ref>
1143</artwork></figure>
1144<t>   
1145   The reason-phrase element exists for the sole purpose of providing a
1146   textual description associated with the numeric status code, mostly
1147   out of deference to earlier Internet application protocols that were more
1148   frequently used with interactive text clients. A client &SHOULD; ignore
1149   the reason-phrase content.
1150</t>
1151<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="reason-phrase"/>
1152  <x:ref>reason-phrase</x:ref>  = *( <x:ref>HTAB</x:ref> / <x:ref>SP</x:ref> / <x:ref>VCHAR</x:ref> / <x:ref>obs-text</x:ref> )
1153</artwork></figure>
1154</section>
1155</section>
1156
1157<section title="Header Fields" anchor="header.fields">
1158  <x:anchor-alias value="header-field"/>
1159  <x:anchor-alias value="field-content"/>
1160  <x:anchor-alias value="field-name"/>
1161  <x:anchor-alias value="field-value"/>
1162  <x:anchor-alias value="obs-fold"/>
1163<t>
1164   Each HTTP header field consists of a case-insensitive field name
1165   followed by a colon (":"), optional whitespace, and the field value.
1166</t>
1167<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="header-field"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="field-name"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="field-value"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="field-content"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="obs-fold"/>
1168  <x:ref>header-field</x:ref>   = <x:ref>field-name</x:ref> ":" <x:ref>OWS</x:ref> <x:ref>field-value</x:ref> <x:ref>BWS</x:ref>
1169  <x:ref>field-name</x:ref>     = <x:ref>token</x:ref>
1170  <x:ref>field-value</x:ref>    = *( <x:ref>field-content</x:ref> / <x:ref>obs-fold</x:ref> )
1171  <x:ref>field-content</x:ref>  = *( <x:ref>HTAB</x:ref> / <x:ref>SP</x:ref> / <x:ref>VCHAR</x:ref> / <x:ref>obs-text</x:ref> )
1172  <x:ref>obs-fold</x:ref>       = <x:ref>CRLF</x:ref> ( <x:ref>SP</x:ref> / <x:ref>HTAB</x:ref> )
1173                 ; obsolete line folding
1174                 ; see <xref target="field.parsing"/>
1175</artwork></figure>
1176<t>
1177   The field-name token labels the corresponding field-value as having the
1178   semantics defined by that header field.  For example, the <x:ref>Date</x:ref>
1179   header field is defined in &header-date; as containing the origination
1180   timestamp for the message in which it appears.
1181</t>
1182
1183<section title="Field Extensibility" anchor="field.extensibility">
1184<t>
1185   HTTP header fields are fully extensible: there is no limit on the
1186   introduction of new field names, each presumably defining new semantics,
1187   nor on the number of header fields used in a given message.  Existing
1188   fields are defined in each part of this specification and in many other
1189   specifications outside the core standard.
1190   New header fields can be introduced without changing the protocol version
1191   if their defined semantics allow them to be safely ignored by recipients
1192   that do not recognize them.
1193</t>
1194<t>
1195   New HTTP header fields &SHOULD; be registered with IANA in the
1196   Message Header Field Registry, as described in &iana-header-registry;.
1197   Unrecognized header fields &MUST; be forwarded by a proxy unless the
1198   field-name is listed in the <x:ref>Connection</x:ref> header field
1199   (<xref target="header.connection"/>) or the proxy is specifically
1200   configured to block or otherwise transform such fields.
1201   Unrecognized header fields &SHOULD; be ignored by other recipients.
1202</t>
1203</section>
1204
1205<section title="Field Order" anchor="field.order">
1206<t>
1207   The order in which header fields with differing field names are
1208   received is not significant. However, it is "good practice" to send
1209   header fields that contain control data first, such as <x:ref>Host</x:ref>
1210   on requests and <x:ref>Date</x:ref> on responses, so that implementations
1211   can decide when not to handle a message as early as possible.  A server
1212   &MUST; wait until the entire header section is received before interpreting
1213   a request message, since later header fields might include conditionals,
1214   authentication credentials, or deliberately misleading duplicate
1215   header fields that would impact request processing.
1216</t>
1217<t>
1218   Multiple header fields with the same field name &MUST-NOT; be
1219   sent in a message unless the entire field value for that
1220   header field is defined as a comma-separated list [i.e., #(values)].
1221</t>
1222<t>
1223   Multiple header fields with the same field name can be combined into
1224   one "field-name: field-value" pair, without changing the semantics of the
1225   message, by appending each subsequent field value to the combined
1226   field value in order, separated by a comma. The order in which
1227   header fields with the same field name are received is therefore
1228   significant to the interpretation of the combined field value;
1229   a proxy &MUST-NOT; change the order of these field values when
1230   forwarding a message.
1231</t>
1232<x:note>
1233  <t>
1234   &Note; In practice, the "Set-Cookie" header field (<xref target="RFC6265"/>)
1235   often appears multiple times in a response message and does not use the
1236   list syntax, violating the above requirements on multiple header fields
1237   with the same name. Since it cannot be combined into a single field-value,
1238   recipients ought to handle "Set-Cookie" as a special case while processing
1239   header fields. (See Appendix A.2.3 of <xref target="Kri2001"/> for details.)
1240  </t>
1241</x:note>
1242</section>
1243
1244<section title="Whitespace" anchor="whitespace">
1245<t anchor="rule.LWS">
1246   This specification uses three rules to denote the use of linear
1247   whitespace: OWS (optional whitespace), RWS (required whitespace), and
1248   BWS ("bad" whitespace).
1249</t>
1250<t anchor="rule.OWS">
1251   The OWS rule is used where zero or more linear whitespace octets might
1252   appear. OWS &SHOULD; either not be generated or be generated as a single
1253   SP. Multiple OWS octets that occur within field-content &SHOULD; either
1254   be replaced with a single SP or transformed to all SP octets (each
1255   octet other than SP replaced with SP) before interpreting the field value
1256   or forwarding the message downstream.
1257</t>
1258<t anchor="rule.RWS">
1259   RWS is used when at least one linear whitespace octet is required to
1260   separate field tokens. RWS &SHOULD; be generated as a single SP.
1261   Multiple RWS octets that occur within field-content &SHOULD; either
1262   be replaced with a single SP or transformed to all SP octets before
1263   interpreting the field value or forwarding the message downstream.
1264</t>
1265<t anchor="rule.BWS">
1266   BWS is used where the grammar allows optional whitespace, for historical
1267   reasons, but senders &SHOULD-NOT; generate it in messages;
1268   recipients &MUST; accept such bad optional whitespace and remove it before
1269   interpreting the field value or forwarding the message downstream.
1270</t>
1271<t anchor="rule.whitespace">
1272  <x:anchor-alias value="BWS"/>
1273  <x:anchor-alias value="OWS"/>
1274  <x:anchor-alias value="RWS"/>
1275</t>
1276<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="OWS"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="RWS"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="BWS"/>
1277  <x:ref>OWS</x:ref>            = *( <x:ref>SP</x:ref> / <x:ref>HTAB</x:ref> )
1278                 ; optional whitespace
1279  <x:ref>RWS</x:ref>            = 1*( <x:ref>SP</x:ref> / <x:ref>HTAB</x:ref> )
1280                 ; required whitespace
1281  <x:ref>BWS</x:ref>            = <x:ref>OWS</x:ref>
1282                 ; "bad" whitespace
1283</artwork></figure>
1284</section>
1285
1286<section title="Field Parsing" anchor="field.parsing">
1287<t>
1288   No whitespace is allowed between the header field-name and colon.
1289   In the past, differences in the handling of such whitespace have led to
1290   security vulnerabilities in request routing and response handling.
1291   A server &MUST; reject any received request message that contains
1292   whitespace between a header field-name and colon with a response code of
1293   <x:ref>400 (Bad Request)</x:ref>. A proxy &MUST; remove any such whitespace
1294   from a response message before forwarding the message downstream.
1295</t>
1296<t>
1297   A field value is preceded by optional whitespace (OWS); a single SP is
1298   preferred. The field value does not include any leading or trailing white
1299   space: OWS occurring before the first non-whitespace octet of the
1300   field value or after the last non-whitespace octet of the field value
1301   is ignored and &SHOULD; be removed before further processing (as this does
1302   not change the meaning of the header field).
1303</t>
1304<t>
1305   Historically, HTTP header field values could be extended over multiple
1306   lines by preceding each extra line with at least one space or horizontal
1307   tab (obs-fold). This specification deprecates such line
1308   folding except within the message/http media type
1309   (<xref target="internet.media.type.message.http"/>).
1310   Senders &MUST-NOT; generate messages that include line folding
1311   (i.e., that contain any field-value that matches the obs-fold rule) unless
1312   the message is intended for packaging within the message/http media type.
1313   Recipients &MUST; accept line folding and replace any embedded
1314   obs-fold whitespace with either a single SP or a matching number of SP
1315   octets (to avoid buffer copying) prior to interpreting the field value or
1316   forwarding the message downstream.
1317</t>
1318<t>
1319   Historically, HTTP has allowed field content with text in the ISO-8859-1
1320   <xref target="ISO-8859-1"/> charset, supporting other charsets only
1321   through use of <xref target="RFC2047"/> encoding.
1322   In practice, most HTTP header field values use only a subset of the
1323   US-ASCII charset <xref target="USASCII"/>. Newly defined
1324   header fields &SHOULD; limit their field values to US-ASCII octets.
1325   Recipients &SHOULD; treat other octets in field content (obs-text) as
1326   opaque data.
1327</t>
1328</section>
1329
1330<section title="Field Limits" anchor="field.limits">
1331<t>
1332   HTTP does not place a pre-defined limit on the length of each header field
1333   or on the length of the header block as a whole.  Various ad-hoc
1334   limitations on individual header field length are found in practice,
1335   often depending on the specific field semantics.
1336</t>
1337<t>
1338   A server &MUST; be prepared to receive request header fields of unbounded
1339   length and respond with an appropriate <x:ref>4xx (Client Error)</x:ref>
1340   status code if the received header field(s) are larger than the server
1341   wishes to process.
1342</t>
1343<t>
1344   A client &MUST; be prepared to receive response header fields of unbounded
1345   length. A client &MAY; discard or truncate received header fields that are
1346   larger than the client wishes to process if the field semantics are such
1347   that the dropped value(s) can be safely ignored without changing the
1348   response semantics.
1349</t>
1350</section>
1351
1352<section title="Field value components" anchor="field.components">
1353<t anchor="rule.token.separators">
1354  <x:anchor-alias value="tchar"/>
1355  <x:anchor-alias value="token"/>
1356  <x:anchor-alias value="special"/>
1357  <x:anchor-alias value="word"/>
1358   Many HTTP header field values consist of words (token or quoted-string)
1359   separated by whitespace or special characters. These special characters
1360   &MUST; be in a quoted string to be used within a parameter value (as defined
1361   in <xref target="transfer.codings"/>).
1362</t>
1363<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="word"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="token"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="tchar"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="special"><!--unused production--></iref>
1364  <x:ref>word</x:ref>           = <x:ref>token</x:ref> / <x:ref>quoted-string</x:ref>
1365
1366  <x:ref>token</x:ref>          = 1*<x:ref>tchar</x:ref>
1367<!--
1368  IMPORTANT: when editing "tchar" make sure that "special" is updated accordingly!!!
1369 -->
1370  <x:ref>tchar</x:ref>          = "!" / "#" / "$" / "%" / "&amp;" / "'" / "*"
1371                 / "+" / "-" / "." / "^" / "_" / "`" / "|" / "~"
1372                 / <x:ref>DIGIT</x:ref> / <x:ref>ALPHA</x:ref>
1373                 ; any <x:ref>VCHAR</x:ref>, except <x:ref>special</x:ref>
1374
1375  <x:ref>special</x:ref>        = "(" / ")" / "&lt;" / ">" / "@" / ","
1376                 / ";" / ":" / "\" / DQUOTE / "/" / "["
1377                 / "]" / "?" / "=" / "{" / "}"
1378</artwork></figure>
1379<t anchor="rule.quoted-string">
1380  <x:anchor-alias value="quoted-string"/>
1381  <x:anchor-alias value="qdtext"/>
1382  <x:anchor-alias value="obs-text"/>
1383   A string of text is parsed as a single word if it is quoted using
1384   double-quote marks.
1385</t>
1386<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="quoted-string"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="qdtext"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="obs-text"/>
1387  <x:ref>quoted-string</x:ref>  = <x:ref>DQUOTE</x:ref> *( <x:ref>qdtext</x:ref> / <x:ref>quoted-pair</x:ref> ) <x:ref>DQUOTE</x:ref>
1388  <x:ref>qdtext</x:ref>         = <x:ref>HTAB</x:ref> / <x:ref>SP</x:ref> /%x21 / %x23-5B / %x5D-7E / <x:ref>obs-text</x:ref>
1389  <x:ref>obs-text</x:ref>       = %x80-FF
1390</artwork></figure>
1391<t anchor="rule.quoted-pair">
1392  <x:anchor-alias value="quoted-pair"/>
1393   The backslash octet ("\") can be used as a single-octet
1394   quoting mechanism within quoted-string constructs:
1395</t>
1396<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="quoted-pair"/>
1397  <x:ref>quoted-pair</x:ref>    = "\" ( <x:ref>HTAB</x:ref> / <x:ref>SP</x:ref> / <x:ref>VCHAR</x:ref> / <x:ref>obs-text</x:ref> )
1398</artwork></figure>
1399<t>
1400   Recipients that process the value of a quoted-string &MUST; handle a
1401   quoted-pair as if it were replaced by the octet following the backslash.
1402</t>
1403<t>
1404   Senders &SHOULD-NOT; generate a quoted-pair in a quoted-string except where
1405   necessary to quote DQUOTE and backslash octets occurring within that string.
1406</t>
1407<t anchor="rule.comment">
1408  <x:anchor-alias value="comment"/>
1409  <x:anchor-alias value="ctext"/>
1410   Comments can be included in some HTTP header fields by surrounding
1411   the comment text with parentheses. Comments are only allowed in
1412   fields containing "comment" as part of their field value definition.
1413</t>
1414<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="comment"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="ctext"/>
1415  <x:ref>comment</x:ref>        = "(" *( <x:ref>ctext</x:ref> / <x:ref>quoted-cpair</x:ref> / <x:ref>comment</x:ref> ) ")"
1416  <x:ref>ctext</x:ref>          = <x:ref>HTAB</x:ref> / <x:ref>SP</x:ref> / %x21-27 / %x2A-5B / %x5D-7E / <x:ref>obs-text</x:ref>
1417</artwork></figure>
1418<t anchor="rule.quoted-cpair">
1419  <x:anchor-alias value="quoted-cpair"/>
1420   The backslash octet ("\") can be used as a single-octet
1421   quoting mechanism within comment constructs:
1422</t>
1423<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="quoted-cpair"/>
1424  <x:ref>quoted-cpair</x:ref>   = "\" ( <x:ref>HTAB</x:ref> / <x:ref>SP</x:ref> / <x:ref>VCHAR</x:ref> / <x:ref>obs-text</x:ref> )
1425</artwork></figure>
1426<t>
1427   Senders &SHOULD-NOT; escape octets in comments that do not require escaping
1428   (i.e., other than the backslash octet "\" and the parentheses "(" and ")").
1429</t>
1430</section>
1431
1432</section>
1433
1434<section title="Message Body" anchor="message.body">
1435  <x:anchor-alias value="message-body"/>
1436<t>
1437   The message body (if any) of an HTTP message is used to carry the
1438   payload body of that request or response.  The message body is
1439   identical to the payload body unless a transfer coding has been
1440   applied, as described in <xref target="header.transfer-encoding"/>.
1441</t>
1442<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="message-body"/>
1443  <x:ref>message-body</x:ref> = *OCTET
1444</artwork></figure>
1445<t>
1446   The rules for when a message body is allowed in a message differ for
1447   requests and responses.
1448</t>
1449<t>
1450   The presence of a message body in a request is signaled by a
1451   <x:ref>Content-Length</x:ref> or <x:ref>Transfer-Encoding</x:ref> header
1452   field. Request message framing is independent of method semantics,
1453   even if the method does not define any use for a message body.
1454</t>
1455<t>
1456   The presence of a message body in a response depends on both
1457   the request method to which it is responding and the response
1458   status code (<xref target="status.line"/>).
1459   Responses to the HEAD request method never include a message body
1460   because the associated response header fields (e.g.,
1461   <x:ref>Transfer-Encoding</x:ref>, <x:ref>Content-Length</x:ref>, etc.),
1462   if present, indicate only what their values would have been if the request
1463   method had been GET (&HEAD;).
1464   <x:ref>2xx (Successful)</x:ref> responses to CONNECT switch to tunnel
1465   mode instead of having a message body (&CONNECT;).
1466   All <x:ref>1xx (Informational)</x:ref>, <x:ref>204 (No Content)</x:ref>, and
1467   <x:ref>304 (Not Modified)</x:ref> responses &MUST-NOT; include a message body.
1468   All other responses do include a message body, although the body
1469   &MAY; be of zero length.
1470</t>
1471
1472<section title="Transfer-Encoding" anchor="header.transfer-encoding">
1473  <iref primary="true" item="Transfer-Encoding header field" x:for-anchor=""/>
1474  <iref item="chunked (Coding Format)"/>
1475  <x:anchor-alias value="Transfer-Encoding"/>
1476<t>
1477   The Transfer-Encoding header field lists the transfer coding names
1478   corresponding to the sequence of transfer codings that have been
1479   (or will be) applied to the payload body in order to form the message body.
1480   Transfer codings are defined in <xref target="transfer.codings"/>.
1481</t>
1482<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="Transfer-Encoding"/>
1483  <x:ref>Transfer-Encoding</x:ref> = 1#<x:ref>transfer-coding</x:ref>
1484</artwork></figure>
1485<t>
1486   Transfer-Encoding is analogous to the Content-Transfer-Encoding field of
1487   MIME, which was designed to enable safe transport of binary data over a
1488   7-bit transport service (<xref target="RFC2045" x:fmt="," x:sec="6"/>).
1489   However, safe transport has a different focus for an 8bit-clean transfer
1490   protocol. In HTTP's case, Transfer-Encoding is primarily intended to
1491   accurately delimit a dynamically generated payload and to distinguish
1492   payload encodings that are only applied for transport efficiency or
1493   security from those that are characteristics of the selected resource.
1494</t>
1495<t>
1496   All HTTP/1.1 recipients &MUST; implement the chunked transfer coding
1497   (<xref target="chunked.encoding"/>) because it plays a crucial role in
1498   framing messages when the payload body size is not known in advance.
1499   If chunked is applied to a payload body, the sender &MUST-NOT; apply
1500   chunked more than once (i.e., chunking an already chunked message is not
1501   allowed).
1502   If any transfer coding is applied to a request payload body, the
1503   sender &MUST; apply chunked as the final transfer coding to ensure that
1504   the message is properly framed.
1505   If any transfer coding is applied to a response payload body, the
1506   sender &MUST; either apply chunked as the final transfer coding or
1507   terminate the message by closing the connection.
1508</t>
1509<figure><preamble>
1510   For example,
1511</preamble><artwork type="example">
1512  Transfer-Encoding: gzip, chunked
1513</artwork><postamble>
1514   indicates that the payload body has been compressed using the gzip
1515   coding and then chunked using the chunked coding while forming the
1516   message body.
1517</postamble></figure>
1518<t>
1519   Unlike <x:ref>Content-Encoding</x:ref> (&content-codings;),
1520   Transfer-Encoding is a property of the message, not of the payload, and
1521   any recipient along the request/response chain &MAY; decode the received
1522   transfer coding(s) or apply additional transfer coding(s) to the message
1523   body, assuming that corresponding changes are made to the Transfer-Encoding
1524   field-value. Additional information about the encoding parameters &MAY; be
1525   provided by other header fields not defined by this specification.
1526</t>
1527<t>
1528   Transfer-Encoding &MAY; be sent in a response to a HEAD request or in a
1529   <x:ref>304 (Not Modified)</x:ref> response (&status-304;) to a GET request,
1530   neither of which includes a message body,
1531   to indicate that the origin server would have applied a transfer coding
1532   to the message body if the request had been an unconditional GET.
1533   This indication is not required, however, because any recipient on
1534   the response chain (including the origin server) can remove transfer
1535   codings when they are not needed.
1536</t>
1537<t>
1538   Transfer-Encoding was added in HTTP/1.1.  It is generally assumed that
1539   implementations advertising only HTTP/1.0 support will not understand
1540   how to process a transfer-encoded payload.
1541   A client &MUST-NOT; send a request containing Transfer-Encoding unless it
1542   knows the server will handle HTTP/1.1 (or later) requests; such knowledge
1543   might be in the form of specific user configuration or by remembering the
1544   version of a prior received response.
1545   A server &MUST-NOT; send a response containing Transfer-Encoding unless
1546   the corresponding request indicates HTTP/1.1 (or later).
1547</t>
1548<t>
1549   A server that receives a request message with a transfer coding it does
1550   not understand &SHOULD; respond with <x:ref>501 (Not Implemented)</x:ref>.
1551</t>
1552</section>
1553
1554<section title="Content-Length" anchor="header.content-length">
1555  <iref primary="true" item="Content-Length header field" x:for-anchor=""/>
1556  <x:anchor-alias value="Content-Length"/>
1557<t>
1558   When a message does not have a <x:ref>Transfer-Encoding</x:ref> header
1559   field, a Content-Length header field can provide the anticipated size,
1560   as a decimal number of octets, for a potential payload body.
1561   For messages that do include a payload body, the Content-Length field-value
1562   provides the framing information necessary for determining where the body
1563   (and message) ends.  For messages that do not include a payload body, the
1564   Content-Length indicates the size of the selected representation
1565   (&selected-representation;).
1566</t>
1567<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="Content-Length"/>
1568  <x:ref>Content-Length</x:ref> = 1*<x:ref>DIGIT</x:ref>
1569</artwork></figure>
1570<t>
1571   An example is
1572</t>
1573<figure><artwork type="example">
1574  Content-Length: 3495
1575</artwork></figure>
1576<t>
1577   A sender &MUST-NOT; send a Content-Length header field in any message that
1578   contains a <x:ref>Transfer-Encoding</x:ref> header field.
1579</t>
1580<t>
1581   A user agent &SHOULD; send a Content-Length in a request message when no
1582   <x:ref>Transfer-Encoding</x:ref> is sent and the request method defines
1583   a meaning for an enclosed payload body. For example, a Content-Length
1584   header field is normally sent in a POST request even when the value is
1585   0 (indicating an empty payload body).  A user agent &SHOULD-NOT; send a
1586   Content-Length header field when the request message does not contain a
1587   payload body and the method semantics do not anticipate such a body.
1588</t>
1589<t>
1590   A server &MAY; send a Content-Length header field in a response to a HEAD
1591   request (&HEAD;); a server &MUST-NOT; send Content-Length in such a
1592   response unless its field-value equals the decimal number of octets that
1593   would have been sent in the payload body of a response if the same
1594   request had used the GET method.
1595</t>
1596<t>
1597   A server &MAY; send a Content-Length header field in a
1598   <x:ref>304 (Not Modified)</x:ref> response to a conditional GET request
1599   (&status-304;); a server &MUST-NOT; send Content-Length in such a
1600   response unless its field-value equals the decimal number of octets that
1601   would have been sent in the payload body of a <x:ref>200 (OK)</x:ref>
1602   response to the same request.
1603</t>
1604<t>
1605   A server &MUST-NOT; send a Content-Length header field in any response
1606   with a status code of
1607   <x:ref>1xx (Informational)</x:ref> or <x:ref>204 (No Content)</x:ref>.
1608   A server &SHOULD-NOT; send a Content-Length header field in any
1609   <x:ref>2xx (Successful)</x:ref> response to a CONNECT request (&CONNECT;).
1610</t>
1611<t>
1612   Aside from the cases defined above, in the absence of Transfer-Encoding,
1613   an origin server &SHOULD; send a Content-Length header field when the
1614   payload body size is known prior to sending the complete header block.
1615   This will allow downstream recipients to measure transfer progress,
1616   know when a received message is complete, and potentially reuse the
1617   connection for additional requests.
1618</t>
1619<t>
1620   Any Content-Length field value greater than or equal to zero is valid.
1621   Since there is no predefined limit to the length of an HTTP payload,
1622   recipients &SHOULD; anticipate potentially large decimal numerals and
1623   prevent parsing errors due to integer conversion overflows
1624   (<xref target="attack.protocol.element.size.overflows"/>).
1625</t>
1626<t>
1627   If a message is received that has multiple Content-Length header fields
1628   with field-values consisting of the same decimal value, or a single
1629   Content-Length header field with a field value containing a list of
1630   identical decimal values (e.g., "Content-Length: 42, 42"), indicating that
1631   duplicate Content-Length header fields have been generated or combined by an
1632   upstream message processor, then the recipient &MUST; either reject the
1633   message as invalid or replace the duplicated field-values with a single
1634   valid Content-Length field containing that decimal value prior to
1635   determining the message body length.
1636</t>
1637<x:note>
1638  <t>
1639   &Note; HTTP's use of Content-Length for message framing differs
1640   significantly from the same field's use in MIME, where it is an optional
1641   field used only within the "message/external-body" media-type.
1642  </t>
1643</x:note>
1644</section>
1645
1646<section title="Message Body Length" anchor="message.body.length">
1647  <iref item="chunked (Coding Format)"/>
1648<t>
1649   The length of a message body is determined by one of the following
1650   (in order of precedence):
1651</t>
1652<t>
1653  <list style="numbers">
1654    <x:lt><t>
1655     Any response to a HEAD request and any response with a
1656     <x:ref>1xx (Informational)</x:ref>, <x:ref>204 (No Content)</x:ref>, or
1657     <x:ref>304 (Not Modified)</x:ref> status code is always
1658     terminated by the first empty line after the header fields, regardless of
1659     the header fields present in the message, and thus cannot contain a
1660     message body.
1661    </t></x:lt>
1662    <x:lt><t>
1663     Any <x:ref>2xx (Successful)</x:ref> response to a CONNECT request implies that the
1664     connection will become a tunnel immediately after the empty line that
1665     concludes the header fields.  A client &MUST; ignore any
1666     <x:ref>Content-Length</x:ref> or <x:ref>Transfer-Encoding</x:ref> header
1667     fields received in such a message.
1668    </t></x:lt>
1669    <x:lt><t>
1670     If a <x:ref>Transfer-Encoding</x:ref> header field is present
1671     and the chunked transfer coding (<xref target="chunked.encoding"/>)
1672     is the final encoding, the message body length is determined by reading
1673     and decoding the chunked data until the transfer coding indicates the
1674     data is complete.
1675    </t>
1676    <t>
1677     If a <x:ref>Transfer-Encoding</x:ref> header field is present in a
1678     response and the chunked transfer coding is not the final encoding, the
1679     message body length is determined by reading the connection until it is
1680     closed by the server.
1681     If a <x:ref>Transfer-Encoding</x:ref> header field is present in a request and the
1682     chunked transfer coding is not the final encoding, the message body
1683     length cannot be determined reliably; the server &MUST; respond with
1684     the <x:ref>400 (Bad Request)</x:ref> status code and then close the connection.
1685    </t>
1686    <t>
1687     If a message is received with both a <x:ref>Transfer-Encoding</x:ref>
1688     and a <x:ref>Content-Length</x:ref> header field, the Transfer-Encoding
1689     overrides the Content-Length. Such a message might indicate an attempt
1690     to perform request or response smuggling (bypass of security-related
1691     checks on message routing or content) and thus ought to be handled as
1692     an error.  A sender &MUST; remove the received Content-Length field
1693     prior to forwarding such a message downstream.
1694    </t></x:lt>
1695    <x:lt><t>
1696     If a message is received without <x:ref>Transfer-Encoding</x:ref> and with
1697     either multiple <x:ref>Content-Length</x:ref> header fields having
1698     differing field-values or a single Content-Length header field having an
1699     invalid value, then the message framing is invalid and &MUST; be treated
1700     as an error to prevent request or response smuggling.
1701     If this is a request message, the server &MUST; respond with
1702     a <x:ref>400 (Bad Request)</x:ref> status code and then close the connection.
1703     If this is a response message received by a proxy, the proxy
1704     &MUST; discard the received response, send a <x:ref>502 (Bad Gateway)</x:ref>
1705     status code as its downstream response, and then close the connection.
1706     If this is a response message received by a user agent, it &MUST; be
1707     treated as an error by discarding the message and closing the connection.
1708    </t></x:lt>
1709    <x:lt><t>
1710     If a valid <x:ref>Content-Length</x:ref> header field is present without
1711     <x:ref>Transfer-Encoding</x:ref>, its decimal value defines the
1712     expected message body length in octets.
1713     If the sender closes the connection or the recipient times out before the
1714     indicated number of octets are received, the recipient &MUST; consider
1715     the message to be incomplete and close the connection.
1716    </t></x:lt>
1717    <x:lt><t>
1718     If this is a request message and none of the above are true, then the
1719     message body length is zero (no message body is present).
1720    </t></x:lt>
1721    <x:lt><t>
1722     Otherwise, this is a response message without a declared message body
1723     length, so the message body length is determined by the number of octets
1724     received prior to the server closing the connection.
1725    </t></x:lt>
1726  </list>
1727</t>
1728<t>
1729   Since there is no way to distinguish a successfully completed,
1730   close-delimited message from a partially-received message interrupted
1731   by network failure, a server &SHOULD; use encoding or
1732   length-delimited messages whenever possible.  The close-delimiting
1733   feature exists primarily for backwards compatibility with HTTP/1.0.
1734</t>
1735<t>
1736   A server &MAY; reject a request that contains a message body but
1737   not a <x:ref>Content-Length</x:ref> by responding with
1738   <x:ref>411 (Length Required)</x:ref>.
1739</t>
1740<t>
1741   Unless a transfer coding other than chunked has been applied,
1742   a client that sends a request containing a message body &SHOULD;
1743   use a valid <x:ref>Content-Length</x:ref> header field if the message body
1744   length is known in advance, rather than the chunked transfer coding, since some
1745   existing services respond to chunked with a <x:ref>411 (Length Required)</x:ref>
1746   status code even though they understand the chunked transfer coding.  This
1747   is typically because such services are implemented via a gateway that
1748   requires a content-length in advance of being called and the server
1749   is unable or unwilling to buffer the entire request before processing.
1750</t>
1751<t>
1752   A client that sends a request containing a message body &MUST; include a
1753   valid <x:ref>Content-Length</x:ref> header field if it does not know the
1754   server will handle HTTP/1.1 (or later) requests; such knowledge can be in
1755   the form of specific user configuration or by remembering the version of a
1756   prior received response.
1757</t>
1758<t>
1759   If the final response to the last request on a connection has been
1760   completely received and there remains additional data to read, a user agent
1761   &MAY; discard the remaining data or attempt to determine if that data
1762   belongs as part of the prior response body, which might be the case if the
1763   prior message's Content-Length value is incorrect. A client &MUST-NOT;
1764   process, cache, or forward such extra data as a separate response, since
1765   such behavior would be vulnerable to cache poisoning.
1766</t>
1767</section>
1768</section>
1769
1770<section anchor="incomplete.messages" title="Handling Incomplete Messages">
1771<t>
1772   A server that receives an incomplete request message, usually due to a
1773   canceled request or a triggered time-out exception, &MAY; send an error
1774   response prior to closing the connection.
1775</t>
1776<t>
1777   A client that receives an incomplete response message, which can occur
1778   when a connection is closed prematurely or when decoding a supposedly
1779   chunked transfer coding fails, &MUST; record the message as incomplete.
1780   Cache requirements for incomplete responses are defined in
1781   &cache-incomplete;.
1782</t>
1783<t>
1784   If a response terminates in the middle of the header block (before the
1785   empty line is received) and the status code might rely on header fields to
1786   convey the full meaning of the response, then the client cannot assume
1787   that meaning has been conveyed; the client might need to repeat the
1788   request in order to determine what action to take next.
1789</t>
1790<t>
1791   A message body that uses the chunked transfer coding is
1792   incomplete if the zero-sized chunk that terminates the encoding has not
1793   been received.  A message that uses a valid <x:ref>Content-Length</x:ref> is
1794   incomplete if the size of the message body received (in octets) is less than
1795   the value given by Content-Length.  A response that has neither chunked
1796   transfer coding nor Content-Length is terminated by closure of the
1797   connection, and thus is considered complete regardless of the number of
1798   message body octets received, provided that the header block was received
1799   intact.
1800</t>
1801</section>
1802
1803<section title="Message Parsing Robustness" anchor="message.robustness">
1804<t>
1805   Older HTTP/1.0 user agent implementations might send an extra CRLF
1806   after a POST request as a lame workaround for some early server
1807   applications that failed to read message body content that was
1808   not terminated by a line-ending. An HTTP/1.1 user agent &MUST-NOT;
1809   preface or follow a request with an extra CRLF.  If terminating
1810   the request message body with a line-ending is desired, then the
1811   user agent &MUST; include the terminating CRLF octets as part of the
1812   message body length.
1813</t>
1814<t>
1815   In the interest of robustness, servers &SHOULD; ignore at least one
1816   empty line received where a request-line is expected. In other words, if
1817   a server is reading the protocol stream at the beginning of a
1818   message and receives a CRLF first, the server &SHOULD; ignore the CRLF.
1819</t>
1820<t>
1821   Although the line terminator for the start-line and header
1822   fields is the sequence CRLF, recipients &MAY; recognize a
1823   single LF as a line terminator and ignore any preceding CR.
1824</t>
1825<t>
1826   Although the request-line and status-line grammar rules require that each
1827   of the component elements be separated by a single SP octet, recipients
1828   &MAY; instead parse on whitespace-delimited word boundaries and, aside
1829   from the CRLF terminator, treat any form of whitespace as the SP separator
1830   while ignoring preceding or trailing whitespace;
1831   such whitespace includes one or more of the following octets:
1832   SP, HTAB, VT (%x0B), FF (%x0C), or bare CR.
1833</t>
1834<t>
1835   When a server listening only for HTTP request messages, or processing
1836   what appears from the start-line to be an HTTP request message,
1837   receives a sequence of octets that does not match the HTTP-message
1838   grammar aside from the robustness exceptions listed above, the
1839   server &SHOULD; respond with a <x:ref>400 (Bad Request)</x:ref> response. 
1840</t>
1841</section>
1842</section>
1843
1844<section title="Transfer Codings" anchor="transfer.codings">
1845  <x:anchor-alias value="transfer-coding"/>
1846  <x:anchor-alias value="transfer-extension"/>
1847<t>
1848   Transfer coding names are used to indicate an encoding
1849   transformation that has been, can be, or might need to be applied to a
1850   payload body in order to ensure "safe transport" through the network.
1851   This differs from a content coding in that the transfer coding is a
1852   property of the message rather than a property of the representation
1853   that is being transferred.
1854</t>
1855<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="transfer-coding"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="transfer-extension"/>
1856  <x:ref>transfer-coding</x:ref>    = "chunked" ; <xref target="chunked.encoding"/>
1857                     / "compress" ; <xref target="compress.coding"/>
1858                     / "deflate" ; <xref target="deflate.coding"/>
1859                     / "gzip" ; <xref target="gzip.coding"/>
1860                     / <x:ref>transfer-extension</x:ref>
1861  <x:ref>transfer-extension</x:ref> = <x:ref>token</x:ref> *( <x:ref>OWS</x:ref> ";" <x:ref>OWS</x:ref> <x:ref>transfer-parameter</x:ref> )
1862</artwork></figure>
1863<t anchor="rule.parameter">
1864  <x:anchor-alias value="attribute"/>
1865  <x:anchor-alias value="transfer-parameter"/>
1866  <x:anchor-alias value="value"/>
1867   Parameters are in the form of attribute/value pairs.
1868</t>
1869<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="transfer-parameter"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="attribute"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="value"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="date2"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="date3"/>
1870  <x:ref>transfer-parameter</x:ref> = <x:ref>attribute</x:ref> <x:ref>BWS</x:ref> "=" <x:ref>BWS</x:ref> <x:ref>value</x:ref>
1871  <x:ref>attribute</x:ref>          = <x:ref>token</x:ref>
1872  <x:ref>value</x:ref>              = <x:ref>word</x:ref>
1873</artwork></figure>
1874<t>
1875   All transfer-coding names are case-insensitive and &SHOULD; be registered
1876   within the HTTP Transfer Coding registry, as defined in
1877   <xref target="transfer.coding.registry"/>.
1878   They are used in the <x:ref>TE</x:ref> (<xref target="header.te"/>) and
1879   <x:ref>Transfer-Encoding</x:ref> (<xref target="header.transfer-encoding"/>)
1880   header fields.
1881</t>
1882
1883<section title="Chunked Transfer Coding" anchor="chunked.encoding">
1884  <iref primary="true" item="chunked (Coding Format)"/>
1885  <x:anchor-alias value="chunk"/>
1886  <x:anchor-alias value="chunked-body"/>
1887  <x:anchor-alias value="chunk-data"/>
1888  <x:anchor-alias value="chunk-ext"/>
1889  <x:anchor-alias value="chunk-ext-name"/>
1890  <x:anchor-alias value="chunk-ext-val"/>
1891  <x:anchor-alias value="chunk-size"/>
1892  <x:anchor-alias value="last-chunk"/>
1893  <x:anchor-alias value="trailer-part"/>
1894  <x:anchor-alias value="quoted-str-nf"/>
1895  <x:anchor-alias value="qdtext-nf"/>
1896<t>
1897   The chunked transfer coding modifies the body of a message in order to
1898   transfer it as a series of chunks, each with its own size indicator,
1899   followed by an &OPTIONAL; trailer containing header fields. This
1900   allows dynamically generated content to be transferred along with the
1901   information necessary for the recipient to verify that it has
1902   received the full message.
1903</t>
1904<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="chunked-body"><!--terminal production--></iref><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="chunk"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="chunk-size"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="last-chunk"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="chunk-ext"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="chunk-ext-name"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="chunk-ext-val"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="chunk-data"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="trailer-part"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="quoted-str-nf"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="qdtext-nf"/>
1905  <x:ref>chunked-body</x:ref>   = *<x:ref>chunk</x:ref>
1906                   <x:ref>last-chunk</x:ref>
1907                   <x:ref>trailer-part</x:ref>
1908                   <x:ref>CRLF</x:ref>
1909 
1910  <x:ref>chunk</x:ref>          = <x:ref>chunk-size</x:ref> [ <x:ref>chunk-ext</x:ref> ] <x:ref>CRLF</x:ref>
1911                   <x:ref>chunk-data</x:ref> <x:ref>CRLF</x:ref>
1912  <x:ref>chunk-size</x:ref>     = 1*<x:ref>HEXDIG</x:ref>
1913  <x:ref>last-chunk</x:ref>     = 1*("0") [ <x:ref>chunk-ext</x:ref> ] <x:ref>CRLF</x:ref>
1914 
1915  <x:ref>chunk-ext</x:ref>      = *( ";" <x:ref>chunk-ext-name</x:ref> [ "=" <x:ref>chunk-ext-val</x:ref> ] )
1916  <x:ref>chunk-ext-name</x:ref> = <x:ref>token</x:ref>
1917  <x:ref>chunk-ext-val</x:ref>  = <x:ref>token</x:ref> / <x:ref>quoted-str-nf</x:ref>
1918  <x:ref>chunk-data</x:ref>     = 1*<x:ref>OCTET</x:ref> ; a sequence of chunk-size octets
1919  <x:ref>trailer-part</x:ref>   = *( <x:ref>header-field</x:ref> <x:ref>CRLF</x:ref> )
1920 
1921  <x:ref>quoted-str-nf</x:ref>  = <x:ref>DQUOTE</x:ref> *( <x:ref>qdtext-nf</x:ref> / <x:ref>quoted-pair</x:ref> ) <x:ref>DQUOTE</x:ref>
1922                 ; like <x:ref>quoted-string</x:ref>, but disallowing line folding
1923  <x:ref>qdtext-nf</x:ref>      = <x:ref>HTAB</x:ref> / <x:ref>SP</x:ref> / %x21 / %x23-5B / %x5D-7E / <x:ref>obs-text</x:ref>
1924</artwork></figure>
1925<t>
1926   Chunk extensions within the chunked transfer coding are deprecated.
1927   Senders &SHOULD-NOT; send chunk-ext.
1928   Definition of new chunk extensions is discouraged.
1929</t>
1930<t>
1931   The chunk-size field is a string of hex digits indicating the size of
1932   the chunk-data in octets. The chunked transfer coding is complete when a
1933   chunk with a chunk-size of zero is received, possibly followed by a
1934   trailer, and finally terminated by an empty line.
1935</t>
1936
1937<section title="Trailer" anchor="header.trailer">
1938  <iref primary="true" item="Trailer header field" x:for-anchor=""/>
1939  <x:anchor-alias value="Trailer"/>
1940<t>
1941   A trailer allows the sender to include additional fields at the end of a
1942   chunked message in order to supply metadata that might be dynamically
1943   generated while the message body is sent, such as a message integrity
1944   check, digital signature, or post-processing status.
1945   The trailer &MUST-NOT; contain fields that need to be known before a
1946   recipient processes the body, such as <x:ref>Transfer-Encoding</x:ref>,
1947   <x:ref>Content-Length</x:ref>, and <x:ref>Trailer</x:ref>.
1948</t>
1949<t>
1950   When a message includes a message body encoded with the chunked
1951   transfer coding and the sender desires to send metadata in the form of
1952   trailer fields at the end of the message, the sender &SHOULD; send a
1953   <x:ref>Trailer</x:ref> header field before the message body to indicate
1954   which fields will be present in the trailers. This allows the recipient
1955   to prepare for receipt of that metadata before it starts processing the body,
1956   which is useful if the message is being streamed and the recipient wishes
1957   to confirm an integrity check on the fly.
1958</t>
1959<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="Trailer"/>
1960  <x:ref>Trailer</x:ref> = 1#<x:ref>field-name</x:ref>
1961</artwork></figure>
1962<t>
1963   If no <x:ref>Trailer</x:ref> header field is present, the sender of a
1964   chunked message body &SHOULD; send an empty trailer.
1965</t>
1966<t>
1967   A server &MUST; send an empty trailer with the chunked transfer coding
1968   unless at least one of the following is true:
1969  <list style="numbers">
1970    <t>the request included a <x:ref>TE</x:ref> header field that indicates
1971    "trailers" is acceptable in the transfer coding of the response, as
1972    described in <xref target="header.te"/>; or,</t>
1973     
1974    <t>the trailer fields consist entirely of optional metadata and the
1975    recipient could use the message (in a manner acceptable to the server where
1976    the field originated) without receiving that metadata. In other words,
1977    the server that generated the header field is willing to accept the
1978    possibility that the trailer fields might be silently discarded along
1979    the path to the client.</t>
1980  </list>
1981</t>
1982<t>
1983   The above requirement prevents the need for an infinite buffer when a
1984   message is being received by an HTTP/1.1 (or later) proxy and forwarded to
1985   an HTTP/1.0 recipient.
1986</t>
1987</section>
1988
1989<section title="Decoding chunked" anchor="decoding.chunked">
1990<t>
1991   A process for decoding the chunked transfer coding
1992   can be represented in pseudo-code as:
1993</t>
1994<figure><artwork type="code">
1995  length := 0
1996  read chunk-size, chunk-ext (if any) and CRLF
1997  while (chunk-size &gt; 0) {
1998     read chunk-data and CRLF
1999     append chunk-data to decoded-body
2000     length := length + chunk-size
2001     read chunk-size and CRLF
2002  }
2003  read header-field
2004  while (header-field not empty) {
2005     append header-field to existing header fields
2006     read header-field
2007  }
2008  Content-Length := length
2009  Remove "chunked" from Transfer-Encoding
2010  Remove Trailer from existing header fields
2011</artwork></figure>
2012<t>
2013   All recipients &MUST; be able to receive and decode the
2014   chunked transfer coding and &MUST; ignore chunk-ext extensions
2015   they do not understand.
2016</t>
2017</section>
2018</section>
2019
2020<section title="Compression Codings" anchor="compression.codings">
2021<t>
2022   The codings defined below can be used to compress the payload of a
2023   message.
2024</t>
2025
2026<section title="Compress Coding" anchor="compress.coding">
2027<iref item="compress (Coding Format)"/>
2028<t>
2029   The "compress" format is produced by the common UNIX file compression
2030   program "compress". This format is an adaptive Lempel-Ziv-Welch
2031   coding (LZW). Recipients &SHOULD; consider "x-compress" to be
2032   equivalent to "compress".
2033</t>
2034</section>
2035
2036<section title="Deflate Coding" anchor="deflate.coding">
2037<iref item="deflate (Coding Format)"/>
2038<t>
2039   The "deflate" format is defined as the "deflate" compression mechanism
2040   (described in <xref target="RFC1951"/>) used inside the "zlib"
2041   data format (<xref target="RFC1950"/>).
2042</t>
2043<x:note>
2044  <t>
2045    &Note; Some incorrect implementations send the "deflate"
2046    compressed data without the zlib wrapper.
2047   </t>
2048</x:note>
2049</section>
2050
2051<section title="Gzip Coding" anchor="gzip.coding">
2052<iref item="gzip (Coding Format)"/>
2053<t>
2054   The "gzip" format is produced by the file compression program
2055   "gzip" (GNU zip), as described in <xref target="RFC1952"/>. This format is a
2056   Lempel-Ziv coding (LZ77) with a 32 bit CRC.
2057   Recipients &SHOULD; consider "x-gzip" to be equivalent to "gzip".
2058</t>
2059</section>
2060
2061</section>
2062
2063<section title="TE" anchor="header.te">
2064  <iref primary="true" item="TE header field" x:for-anchor=""/>
2065  <x:anchor-alias value="TE"/>
2066  <x:anchor-alias value="t-codings"/>
2067  <x:anchor-alias value="t-ranking"/>
2068  <x:anchor-alias value="rank"/>
2069<t>
2070   The "TE" header field in a request indicates what transfer codings,
2071   besides chunked, the client is willing to accept in response, and
2072   whether or not the client is willing to accept trailer fields in a
2073   chunked transfer coding.
2074</t>
2075<t>
2076   The TE field-value consists of a comma-separated list of transfer coding
2077   names, each allowing for optional parameters (as described in
2078   <xref target="transfer.codings"/>), and/or the keyword "trailers".
2079   Clients &MUST-NOT; send the chunked transfer coding name in TE;
2080   chunked is always acceptable for HTTP/1.1 recipients.
2081</t>
2082<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="TE"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="t-codings"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="t-ranking"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="rank"/>
2083  <x:ref>TE</x:ref>        = #<x:ref>t-codings</x:ref>
2084  <x:ref>t-codings</x:ref> = "trailers" / ( <x:ref>transfer-coding</x:ref> [ <x:ref>t-ranking</x:ref> ] )
2085  <x:ref>t-ranking</x:ref> = <x:ref>OWS</x:ref> ";" <x:ref>OWS</x:ref> "q=" <x:ref>rank</x:ref>
2086  <x:ref>rank</x:ref>      = ( "0" [ "." 0*3<x:ref>DIGIT</x:ref> ] )
2087             / ( "1" [ "." 0*3("0") ] )
2088</artwork></figure>
2089<t>
2090   Three examples of TE use are below.
2091</t>
2092<figure><artwork type="example">
2093  TE: deflate
2094  TE:
2095  TE: trailers, deflate;q=0.5
2096</artwork></figure>
2097<t>
2098   The presence of the keyword "trailers" indicates that the client is
2099   willing to accept trailer fields in a chunked transfer coding,
2100   as defined in <xref target="chunked.encoding"/>, on behalf of itself and
2101   any downstream clients. For chained requests, this implies that either:
2102   (a) all downstream clients are willing to accept trailer fields in the
2103   forwarded response; or,
2104   (b) the client will attempt to buffer the response on behalf of downstream
2105   recipients.
2106   Note that HTTP/1.1 does not define any means to limit the size of a
2107   chunked response such that a client can be assured of buffering the
2108   entire response.
2109</t>
2110<t>
2111   When multiple transfer codings are acceptable, the client &MAY; rank the
2112   codings by preference using a case-insensitive "q" parameter (similar to
2113   the qvalues used in content negotiation fields, &qvalue;). The rank value
2114   is a real number in the range 0 through 1, where 0.001 is the least
2115   preferred and 1 is the most preferred; a value of 0 means "not acceptable".
2116</t>
2117<t>
2118   If the TE field-value is empty or if no TE field is present, the only
2119   acceptable transfer coding is chunked. A message with no transfer coding
2120   is always acceptable.
2121</t>
2122<t>
2123   Since the TE header field only applies to the immediate connection,
2124   a sender of TE &MUST; also send a "TE" connection option within the
2125   <x:ref>Connection</x:ref> header field (<xref target="header.connection"/>)
2126   in order to prevent the TE field from being forwarded by intermediaries
2127   that do not support its semantics.
2128</t>
2129</section>
2130</section>
2131
2132<section title="Message Routing" anchor="message.routing">
2133<t>
2134   HTTP request message routing is determined by each client based on the
2135   target resource, the client's proxy configuration, and
2136   establishment or reuse of an inbound connection.  The corresponding
2137   response routing follows the same connection chain back to the client.
2138</t>
2139
2140<section title="Identifying a Target Resource" anchor="target-resource">
2141  <iref primary="true" item="target resource"/>
2142  <iref primary="true" item="target URI"/>
2143  <x:anchor-alias value="target resource"/>
2144  <x:anchor-alias value="target URI"/>
2145<t>
2146   HTTP is used in a wide variety of applications, ranging from
2147   general-purpose computers to home appliances.  In some cases,
2148   communication options are hard-coded in a client's configuration.
2149   However, most HTTP clients rely on the same resource identification
2150   mechanism and configuration techniques as general-purpose Web browsers.
2151</t>
2152<t>
2153   HTTP communication is initiated by a user agent for some purpose.
2154   The purpose is a combination of request semantics, which are defined in
2155   <xref target="Part2"/>, and a target resource upon which to apply those
2156   semantics.  A URI reference (<xref target="uri"/>) is typically used as
2157   an identifier for the "<x:dfn>target resource</x:dfn>", which a user agent
2158   would resolve to its absolute form in order to obtain the
2159   "<x:dfn>target URI</x:dfn>".  The target URI
2160   excludes the reference's fragment identifier component, if any,
2161   since fragment identifiers are reserved for client-side processing
2162   (<xref target="RFC3986" x:fmt="," x:sec="3.5"/>).
2163</t>
2164</section>
2165
2166<section title="Connecting Inbound" anchor="connecting.inbound">
2167<t>
2168   Once the target URI is determined, a client needs to decide whether
2169   a network request is necessary to accomplish the desired semantics and,
2170   if so, where that request is to be directed.
2171</t>
2172<t>
2173   If the client has a response cache and the request semantics can be
2174   satisfied by a cache (<xref target="Part6"/>), then the request is
2175   usually directed to the cache first.
2176</t>
2177<t>
2178   If the request is not satisfied by a cache, then a typical client will
2179   check its configuration to determine whether a proxy is to be used to
2180   satisfy the request.  Proxy configuration is implementation-dependent,
2181   but is often based on URI prefix matching, selective authority matching,
2182   or both, and the proxy itself is usually identified by an "http" or
2183   "https" URI.  If a proxy is applicable, the client connects inbound by
2184   establishing (or reusing) a connection to that proxy.
2185</t>
2186<t>
2187   If no proxy is applicable, a typical client will invoke a handler routine,
2188   usually specific to the target URI's scheme, to connect directly
2189   to an authority for the target resource.  How that is accomplished is
2190   dependent on the target URI scheme and defined by its associated
2191   specification, similar to how this specification defines origin server
2192   access for resolution of the "http" (<xref target="http.uri"/>) and
2193   "https" (<xref target="https.uri"/>) schemes.
2194</t>
2195<t>
2196   HTTP requirements regarding connection management are defined in
2197   <xref target="connection.management"/>.
2198</t>
2199</section>
2200
2201<section title="Request Target" anchor="request-target">
2202<t>
2203   Once an inbound connection is obtained,
2204   the client sends an HTTP request message (<xref target="http.message"/>)
2205   with a request-target derived from the target URI.
2206   There are four distinct formats for the request-target, depending on both
2207   the method being requested and whether the request is to a proxy.
2208</t>   
2209<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="request-target"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="origin-form"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="absolute-form"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="authority-form"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="asterisk-form"/>
2210  <x:ref>request-target</x:ref> = <x:ref>origin-form</x:ref>
2211                 / <x:ref>absolute-form</x:ref>
2212                 / <x:ref>authority-form</x:ref>
2213                 / <x:ref>asterisk-form</x:ref>
2214
2215  <x:ref>origin-form</x:ref>    = <x:ref>path-absolute</x:ref> [ "?" <x:ref>query</x:ref> ]
2216  <x:ref>absolute-form</x:ref>  = <x:ref>absolute-URI</x:ref>
2217  <x:ref>authority-form</x:ref> = <x:ref>authority</x:ref>
2218  <x:ref>asterisk-form</x:ref>  = "*"
2219</artwork></figure>
2220<t anchor="origin-form"><iref item="origin-form (of request-target)"/>
2221   The most common form of request-target is the origin-form.
2222   When making a request directly to an origin server, other than a CONNECT
2223   or server-wide OPTIONS request (as detailed below),
2224   a client &MUST; send only the absolute path and query components of
2225   the target URI as the request-target.
2226   If the target URI's path component is empty, then the client &MUST; send
2227   "/" as the path within the origin-form of request-target.
2228   A <x:ref>Host</x:ref> header field is also sent, as defined in
2229   <xref target="header.host"/>, containing the target URI's
2230   authority component (excluding any userinfo).
2231</t>
2232<t>
2233   For example, a client wishing to retrieve a representation of the resource
2234   identified as
2235</t>
2236<figure><artwork x:indent-with="  " type="example">
2237http://www.example.org/where?q=now
2238</artwork></figure>
2239<t>
2240   directly from the origin server would open (or reuse) a TCP connection
2241   to port 80 of the host "www.example.org" and send the lines:
2242</t>
2243<figure><artwork type="message/http; msgtype=&#34;request&#34;" x:indent-with="  ">
2244GET /where?q=now HTTP/1.1
2245Host: www.example.org
2246</artwork></figure>
2247<t>
2248   followed by the remainder of the request message.
2249</t>
2250<t anchor="absolute-form"><iref item="absolute-form (of request-target)"/>
2251   When making a request to a proxy, other than a CONNECT or server-wide
2252   OPTIONS request (as detailed below), a client &MUST; send the target URI
2253   in absolute-form as the request-target.
2254   The proxy is requested to either service that request from a valid cache,
2255   if possible, or make the same request on the client's behalf to either
2256   the next inbound proxy server or directly to the origin server indicated
2257   by the request-target.  Requirements on such "forwarding" of messages are
2258   defined in <xref target="message.forwarding"/>.
2259</t>
2260<t>
2261   An example absolute-form of request-line would be:
2262</t>
2263<figure><artwork type="message/http; msgtype=&#34;request&#34;" x:indent-with="  ">
2264GET http://www.example.org/pub/WWW/TheProject.html HTTP/1.1
2265</artwork></figure>
2266<t>
2267   To allow for transition to the absolute-form for all requests in some
2268   future version of HTTP, HTTP/1.1 servers &MUST; accept the absolute-form
2269   in requests, even though HTTP/1.1 clients will only send them in requests
2270   to proxies.
2271</t>
2272<t anchor="authority-form"><iref item="authority-form (of request-target)"/>
2273   The authority-form of request-target is only used for CONNECT requests
2274   (&CONNECT;).  When making a CONNECT request to establish a tunnel through
2275   one or more proxies, a client &MUST; send only the target URI's
2276   authority component (excluding any userinfo) as the request-target.
2277   For example,
2278</t>
2279<figure><artwork type="message/http; msgtype=&#34;request&#34;" x:indent-with="  ">
2280CONNECT www.example.com:80 HTTP/1.1
2281</artwork></figure>
2282<t anchor="asterisk-form"><iref item="asterisk-form (of request-target)"/>
2283   The asterisk-form of request-target is only used for a server-wide
2284   OPTIONS request (&OPTIONS;).  When a client wishes to request OPTIONS
2285   for the server as a whole, as opposed to a specific named resource of
2286   that server, the client &MUST; send only "*" (%x2A) as the request-target.
2287   For example,
2288</t>
2289<figure><artwork type="message/http; msgtype=&#34;request&#34;" x:indent-with="  ">
2290OPTIONS * HTTP/1.1
2291</artwork></figure>
2292<t>
2293   If a proxy receives an OPTIONS request with an absolute-form of
2294   request-target in which the URI has an empty path and no query component,
2295   then the last proxy on the request chain &MUST; send a request-target
2296   of "*" when it forwards the request to the indicated origin server.
2297</t>
2298<figure><preamble>   
2299   For example, the request
2300</preamble><artwork type="message/http; msgtype=&#34;request&#34;" x:indent-with="  ">
2301OPTIONS http://www.example.org:8001 HTTP/1.1
2302</artwork></figure>
2303<figure><preamble>   
2304  would be forwarded by the final proxy as
2305</preamble><artwork type="message/http; msgtype=&#34;request&#34;" x:indent-with="  ">
2306OPTIONS * HTTP/1.1
2307Host: www.example.org:8001
2308</artwork>
2309<postamble>
2310   after connecting to port 8001 of host "www.example.org".
2311</postamble>
2312</figure>
2313</section>
2314
2315<section title="Host" anchor="header.host">
2316  <iref primary="true" item="Host header field" x:for-anchor=""/>
2317  <x:anchor-alias value="Host"/>
2318<t>
2319   The "Host" header field in a request provides the host and port
2320   information from the target URI, enabling the origin
2321   server to distinguish among resources while servicing requests
2322   for multiple host names on a single IP address.  Since the Host
2323   field-value is critical information for handling a request, it
2324   &SHOULD; be sent as the first header field following the request-line.
2325</t>
2326<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="Host"/>
2327  <x:ref>Host</x:ref> = <x:ref>uri-host</x:ref> [ ":" <x:ref>port</x:ref> ] ; <xref target="http.uri"/>
2328</artwork></figure>
2329<t>
2330   A client &MUST; send a Host header field in all HTTP/1.1 request
2331   messages.  If the target URI includes an authority component, then
2332   the Host field-value &MUST; be identical to that authority component
2333   after excluding any userinfo (<xref target="http.uri"/>).
2334   If the authority component is missing or undefined for the target URI,
2335   then the Host header field &MUST; be sent with an empty field-value.
2336</t>
2337<t>
2338   For example, a GET request to the origin server for
2339   &lt;http://www.example.org/pub/WWW/&gt; would begin with:
2340</t>
2341<figure><artwork type="message/http; msgtype=&#34;request&#34;" x:indent-with="  ">
2342GET /pub/WWW/ HTTP/1.1
2343Host: www.example.org
2344</artwork></figure>
2345<t>
2346   The Host header field &MUST; be sent in an HTTP/1.1 request even
2347   if the request-target is in the absolute-form, since this
2348   allows the Host information to be forwarded through ancient HTTP/1.0
2349   proxies that might not have implemented Host.
2350</t>
2351<t>
2352   When a proxy receives a request with an absolute-form of
2353   request-target, the proxy &MUST; ignore the received
2354   Host header field (if any) and instead replace it with the host
2355   information of the request-target.  If the proxy forwards the request,
2356   it &MUST; generate a new Host field-value based on the received
2357   request-target rather than forward the received Host field-value.
2358</t>
2359<t>
2360   Since the Host header field acts as an application-level routing
2361   mechanism, it is a frequent target for malware seeking to poison
2362   a shared cache or redirect a request to an unintended server.
2363   An interception proxy is particularly vulnerable if it relies on
2364   the Host field-value for redirecting requests to internal
2365   servers, or for use as a cache key in a shared cache, without
2366   first verifying that the intercepted connection is targeting a
2367   valid IP address for that host.
2368</t>
2369<t>
2370   A server &MUST; respond with a <x:ref>400 (Bad Request)</x:ref> status code
2371   to any HTTP/1.1 request message that lacks a Host header field and
2372   to any request message that contains more than one Host header field
2373   or a Host header field with an invalid field-value.
2374</t>
2375</section>
2376
2377<section title="Effective Request URI" anchor="effective.request.uri">
2378  <iref primary="true" item="effective request URI"/>
2379<t>
2380   A server that receives an HTTP request message &MUST; reconstruct
2381   the user agent's original target URI, based on the pieces of information
2382   learned from the request-target, <x:ref>Host</x:ref> header field, and
2383   connection context, in order to identify the intended target resource and
2384   properly service the request. The URI derived from this reconstruction
2385   process is referred to as the "<x:dfn>effective request URI</x:dfn>".
2386</t>
2387<t>
2388   For a user agent, the effective request URI is the target URI.
2389</t>
2390<t>
2391   If the request-target is in absolute-form, then the effective request URI
2392   is the same as the request-target.  Otherwise, the effective request URI
2393   is constructed as follows.
2394</t>
2395<t>
2396   If the request is received over a TLS-secured TCP connection,
2397   then the effective request URI's scheme is "https"; otherwise, the
2398   scheme is "http".
2399</t>
2400<t>
2401   If the request-target is in authority-form, then the effective
2402   request URI's authority component is the same as the request-target.
2403   Otherwise, if a <x:ref>Host</x:ref> header field is supplied with a
2404   non-empty field-value, then the authority component is the same as the
2405   Host field-value. Otherwise, the authority component is the concatenation of
2406   the default host name configured for the server, a colon (":"), and the
2407   connection's incoming TCP port number in decimal form.
2408</t>
2409<t>
2410   If the request-target is in authority-form or asterisk-form, then the
2411   effective request URI's combined path and query component is empty.
2412   Otherwise, the combined path and query component is the same as the
2413   request-target.
2414</t>
2415<t>
2416   The components of the effective request URI, once determined as above,
2417   can be combined into absolute-URI form by concatenating the scheme,
2418   "://", authority, and combined path and query component.
2419</t>
2420<figure>
2421<preamble>
2422   Example 1: the following message received over an insecure TCP connection
2423</preamble> 
2424<artwork type="example" x:indent-with="  ">
2425GET /pub/WWW/TheProject.html HTTP/1.1
2426Host: www.example.org:8080
2427</artwork>
2428</figure>
2429<figure>
2430<preamble>
2431  has an effective request URI of
2432</preamble>
2433<artwork type="example" x:indent-with="  ">
2434http://www.example.org:8080/pub/WWW/TheProject.html
2435</artwork>
2436</figure>
2437<figure>
2438<preamble>
2439   Example 2: the following message received over a TLS-secured TCP connection
2440</preamble> 
2441<artwork type="example" x:indent-with="  ">
2442OPTIONS * HTTP/1.1
2443Host: www.example.org
2444</artwork>
2445</figure>
2446<figure>
2447<preamble>
2448  has an effective request URI of
2449</preamble>
2450<artwork type="example" x:indent-with="  ">
2451https://www.example.org
2452</artwork>
2453</figure>
2454<t>
2455   An origin server that does not allow resources to differ by requested
2456   host &MAY; ignore the <x:ref>Host</x:ref> field-value and instead replace it
2457   with a configured server name when constructing the effective request URI.
2458</t>
2459<t>
2460   Recipients of an HTTP/1.0 request that lacks a <x:ref>Host</x:ref> header
2461   field &MAY; attempt to use heuristics (e.g., examination of the URI path for
2462   something unique to a particular host) in order to guess the
2463   effective request URI's authority component.
2464</t>
2465</section>
2466
2467<section title="Associating a Response to a Request" anchor="associating.response.to.request">
2468<t>
2469   HTTP does not include a request identifier for associating a given
2470   request message with its corresponding one or more response messages.
2471   Hence, it relies on the order of response arrival to correspond exactly
2472   to the order in which requests are made on the same connection.
2473   More than one response message per request only occurs when one or more
2474   informational responses (<x:ref>1xx</x:ref>, see &status-1xx;) precede a
2475   final response to the same request.
2476</t>
2477<t>
2478   A client that has more than one outstanding request on a connection &MUST;
2479   maintain a list of outstanding requests in the order sent and &MUST;
2480   associate each received response message on that connection to the highest
2481   ordered request that has not yet received a final (non-<x:ref>1xx</x:ref>)
2482   response.
2483</t>
2484</section>
2485
2486<section title="Message Forwarding" anchor="message.forwarding">
2487<t>
2488   As described in <xref target="intermediaries"/>, intermediaries can serve
2489   a variety of roles in the processing of HTTP requests and responses.
2490   Some intermediaries are used to improve performance or availability.
2491   Others are used for access control or to filter content.
2492   Since an HTTP stream has characteristics similar to a pipe-and-filter
2493   architecture, there are no inherent limits to the extent an intermediary
2494   can enhance (or interfere) with either direction of the stream.
2495</t>
2496<t>
2497   Intermediaries that forward a message &MUST; implement the
2498   <x:ref>Connection</x:ref> header field, as specified in
2499   <xref target="header.connection"/>, to exclude fields that are only
2500   intended for the incoming connection.
2501</t>
2502<t>
2503   In order to avoid request loops, a proxy that forwards requests to other
2504   proxies &MUST; be able to recognize and exclude all of its own server
2505   names, including any aliases, local variations, or literal IP addresses.
2506</t>
2507
2508<section title="Via" anchor="header.via">
2509  <iref primary="true" item="Via header field" x:for-anchor=""/>
2510  <x:anchor-alias value="pseudonym"/>
2511  <x:anchor-alias value="received-by"/>
2512  <x:anchor-alias value="received-protocol"/>
2513  <x:anchor-alias value="Via"/>
2514<t>
2515   The "Via" header field &MUST; be sent by a proxy or gateway in forwarded
2516   messages to indicate the intermediate protocols and recipients between the
2517   user agent and the server on requests, and between the origin server and
2518   the client on responses. It is analogous to the "Received" field
2519   used by email systems (<xref target="RFC5322" x:fmt="of" x:sec="3.6.7"/>).
2520   Via is used in HTTP for tracking message forwards,
2521   avoiding request loops, and identifying the protocol capabilities of
2522   all senders along the request/response chain.
2523</t>
2524<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="Via"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="received-protocol"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="protocol-name"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="protocol-version"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="received-by"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="pseudonym"/>
2525  <x:ref>Via</x:ref>               = 1#( <x:ref>received-protocol</x:ref> <x:ref>RWS</x:ref> <x:ref>received-by</x:ref>
2526                          [ <x:ref>RWS</x:ref> <x:ref>comment</x:ref> ] )
2527  <x:ref>received-protocol</x:ref> = [ <x:ref>protocol-name</x:ref> "/" ] <x:ref>protocol-version</x:ref>
2528                      ; see <xref target="header.upgrade"/>
2529  <x:ref>received-by</x:ref>       = ( <x:ref>uri-host</x:ref> [ ":" <x:ref>port</x:ref> ] ) / <x:ref>pseudonym</x:ref>
2530  <x:ref>pseudonym</x:ref>         = <x:ref>token</x:ref>
2531</artwork></figure>
2532<t>
2533   The received-protocol indicates the protocol version of the message
2534   received by the server or client along each segment of the
2535   request/response chain. The received-protocol version is appended to
2536   the Via field value when the message is forwarded so that information
2537   about the protocol capabilities of upstream applications remains
2538   visible to all recipients.
2539</t>
2540<t>
2541   The protocol-name is excluded if and only if it would be "HTTP". The
2542   received-by field is normally the host and optional port number of a
2543   recipient server or client that subsequently forwarded the message.
2544   However, if the real host is considered to be sensitive information,
2545   it &MAY; be replaced by a pseudonym. If the port is not given, it &MAY;
2546   be assumed to be the default port of the received-protocol.
2547</t>
2548<t>
2549   Multiple Via field values represent each proxy or gateway that has
2550   forwarded the message. Each recipient &MUST; append its information
2551   such that the end result is ordered according to the sequence of
2552   forwarding applications.
2553</t>
2554<t>
2555   Comments &MAY; be used in the Via header field to identify the software
2556   of each recipient, analogous to the <x:ref>User-Agent</x:ref> and
2557   <x:ref>Server</x:ref> header fields. However, all comments in the Via field
2558   are optional and &MAY; be removed by any recipient prior to forwarding the
2559   message.
2560</t>
2561<t>
2562   For example, a request message could be sent from an HTTP/1.0 user
2563   agent to an internal proxy code-named "fred", which uses HTTP/1.1 to
2564   forward the request to a public proxy at p.example.net, which completes
2565   the request by forwarding it to the origin server at www.example.com.
2566   The request received by www.example.com would then have the following
2567   Via header field:
2568</t>
2569<figure><artwork type="example">
2570  Via: 1.0 fred, 1.1 p.example.net (Apache/1.1)
2571</artwork></figure>
2572<t>
2573   A proxy or gateway used as a portal through a network firewall
2574   &SHOULD-NOT; forward the names and ports of hosts within the firewall
2575   region unless it is explicitly enabled to do so. If not enabled, the
2576   received-by host of any host behind the firewall &SHOULD; be replaced
2577   by an appropriate pseudonym for that host.
2578</t>
2579<t>
2580   A proxy or gateway &MAY; combine an ordered subsequence of Via header
2581   field entries into a single such entry if the entries have identical
2582   received-protocol values. For example,
2583</t>
2584<figure><artwork type="example">
2585  Via: 1.0 ricky, 1.1 ethel, 1.1 fred, 1.0 lucy
2586</artwork></figure>
2587<t>
2588  could be collapsed to
2589</t>
2590<figure><artwork type="example">
2591  Via: 1.0 ricky, 1.1 mertz, 1.0 lucy
2592</artwork></figure>
2593<t>
2594   Senders &SHOULD-NOT; combine multiple entries unless they are all
2595   under the same organizational control and the hosts have already been
2596   replaced by pseudonyms. Senders &MUST-NOT; combine entries which
2597   have different received-protocol values.
2598</t>
2599</section>
2600
2601<section title="Transformation" anchor="message.transformation">
2602<t>
2603   If a proxy receives a request-target with a host name that is not a
2604   fully qualified domain name, it &MAY; add its own domain to the host name
2605   it received when forwarding the request.  A proxy &MUST-NOT; change the
2606   host name if it is a fully qualified domain name.
2607</t>
2608<t>
2609   A non-transforming proxy &MUST-NOT; modify the "path-absolute" and "query"
2610   parts of the received request-target when forwarding it to the next inbound
2611   server, except as noted above to replace an empty path with "/" or "*".
2612</t>
2613<t>
2614   A non-transforming proxy &MUST; preserve the message payload (&payload;),
2615   though it &MAY; change the message body through application or removal
2616   of a transfer coding (<xref target="transfer.codings"/>).
2617</t>
2618<t>
2619   A non-transforming proxy &SHOULD-NOT; modify header fields that provide
2620   information about the end points of the communication chain, the resource
2621   state, or the selected representation.
2622</t>
2623<t>
2624   A non-transforming proxy &MUST-NOT; modify any of the following fields in a
2625   request or response, and it &MUST-NOT; add any of these fields if not
2626   already present:
2627  <list style="symbols">
2628    <t><x:ref>Allow</x:ref> (&header-allow;)</t>
2629    <t><x:ref>Content-Location</x:ref> (&header-content-location;)</t>
2630    <t>Content-MD5 (<xref target="RFC2616" x:fmt="of" x:sec="14.15"/>)</t>
2631    <t><x:ref>ETag</x:ref> (&header-etag;)</t>
2632    <t><x:ref>Last-Modified</x:ref> (&header-last-modified;)</t>
2633    <t><x:ref>Server</x:ref> (&header-server;)</t>
2634  </list>
2635</t>
2636<t>
2637   A non-transforming proxy &MUST-NOT; modify an <x:ref>Expires</x:ref>
2638   header field (&header-expires;) if already present in a response, but
2639   it &MAY; add an <x:ref>Expires</x:ref> header field with a field-value
2640   identical to that of the <x:ref>Date</x:ref> header field.
2641</t>
2642<t>
2643   A proxy &MUST-NOT; modify or add any of the following fields in a
2644   message that contains the no-transform cache-control directive:
2645  <list style="symbols">
2646    <t><x:ref>Content-Encoding</x:ref> (&header-content-encoding;)</t>
2647    <t><x:ref>Content-Range</x:ref> (&header-content-range;)</t>
2648    <t><x:ref>Content-Type</x:ref> (&header-content-type;)</t>
2649  </list>
2650</t>
2651<t>
2652   A transforming proxy &MAY; modify or add these fields to a message
2653   that does not include no-transform, but if it does so, it &MUST; add a
2654   Warning 214 (Transformation applied) if one does not already appear
2655   in the message (see &header-warning;).
2656</t>
2657<x:note>
2658  <t>
2659    <x:h>Warning:</x:h> Unnecessary modification of header fields might
2660    cause authentication failures if stronger authentication
2661    mechanisms are introduced in later versions of HTTP. Such
2662    authentication mechanisms &MAY; rely on the values of header fields
2663    not listed here.
2664  </t>
2665</x:note>
2666</section>
2667</section>
2668</section>
2669
2670<section title="Connection Management" anchor="connection.management">
2671<t>
2672   HTTP messaging is independent of the underlying transport or
2673   session-layer connection protocol(s).  HTTP only presumes a reliable
2674   transport with in-order delivery of requests and the corresponding
2675   in-order delivery of responses.  The mapping of HTTP request and
2676   response structures onto the data units of an underlying transport
2677   protocol is outside the scope of this specification.
2678</t>
2679<t>
2680   As described in <xref target="connecting.inbound"/>, the specific
2681   connection protocols to be used for an HTTP interaction are determined by
2682   client configuration and the <x:ref>target URI</x:ref>.
2683   For example, the "http" URI scheme
2684   (<xref target="http.uri"/>) indicates a default connection of TCP
2685   over IP, with a default TCP port of 80, but the client might be
2686   configured to use a proxy via some other connection, port, or protocol.
2687</t>
2688<t>
2689   HTTP implementations are expected to engage in connection management,
2690   which includes maintaining the state of current connections,
2691   establishing a new connection or reusing an existing connection,
2692   processing messages received on a connection, detecting connection
2693   failures, and closing each connection.
2694   Most clients maintain multiple connections in parallel, including
2695   more than one connection per server endpoint.
2696   Most servers are designed to maintain thousands of concurrent connections,
2697   while controlling request queues to enable fair use and detect
2698   denial of service attacks.
2699</t>
2700
2701<section title="Connection" anchor="header.connection">
2702  <iref primary="true" item="Connection header field" x:for-anchor=""/>
2703  <iref primary="true" item="close" x:for-anchor=""/>
2704  <x:anchor-alias value="Connection"/>
2705  <x:anchor-alias value="connection-option"/>
2706  <x:anchor-alias value="close"/>
2707<t>
2708   The "Connection" header field allows the sender to indicate desired
2709   control options for the current connection.  In order to avoid confusing
2710   downstream recipients, a proxy or gateway &MUST; remove or replace any
2711   received connection options before forwarding the message.
2712</t>
2713<t>
2714   When a header field aside from Connection is used to supply control
2715   information for or about the current connection, the sender &MUST; list
2716   the corresponding field-name within the "Connection" header field.
2717   A proxy or gateway &MUST; parse a received Connection
2718   header field before a message is forwarded and, for each
2719   connection-option in this field, remove any header field(s) from
2720   the message with the same name as the connection-option, and then
2721   remove the Connection header field itself (or replace it with the
2722   intermediary's own connection options for the forwarded message).
2723</t>
2724<t>
2725   Hence, the Connection header field provides a declarative way of
2726   distinguishing header fields that are only intended for the
2727   immediate recipient ("hop-by-hop") from those fields that are
2728   intended for all recipients on the chain ("end-to-end"), enabling the
2729   message to be self-descriptive and allowing future connection-specific
2730   extensions to be deployed without fear that they will be blindly
2731   forwarded by older intermediaries.
2732</t>
2733<t>
2734   The Connection header field's value has the following grammar:
2735</t>
2736<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="Connection"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="connection-option"/>
2737  <x:ref>Connection</x:ref>        = 1#<x:ref>connection-option</x:ref>
2738  <x:ref>connection-option</x:ref> = <x:ref>token</x:ref>
2739</artwork></figure>
2740<t>
2741   Connection options are case-insensitive.
2742</t>
2743<t>
2744   A sender &MUST-NOT; include field-names in the Connection header
2745   field-value for fields that are defined as expressing constraints
2746   for all recipients in the request or response chain, such as the
2747   Cache-Control header field (&header-cache-control;).
2748</t>
2749<t>
2750   The connection options do not have to correspond to a header field
2751   present in the message, since a connection-specific header field
2752   might not be needed if there are no parameters associated with that
2753   connection option.  Recipients that trigger certain connection
2754   behavior based on the presence of connection options &MUST; do so
2755   based on the presence of the connection-option rather than only the
2756   presence of the optional header field.  In other words, if the
2757   connection option is received as a header field but not indicated
2758   within the Connection field-value, then the recipient &MUST; ignore
2759   the connection-specific header field because it has likely been
2760   forwarded by an intermediary that is only partially conformant.
2761</t>
2762<t>
2763   When defining new connection options, specifications ought to
2764   carefully consider existing deployed header fields and ensure
2765   that the new connection option does not share the same name as
2766   an unrelated header field that might already be deployed.
2767   Defining a new connection option essentially reserves that potential
2768   field-name for carrying additional information related to the
2769   connection option, since it would be unwise for senders to use
2770   that field-name for anything else.
2771</t>
2772<t>
2773   The "<x:dfn>close</x:dfn>" connection option is defined for a
2774   sender to signal that this connection will be closed after completion of
2775   the response. For example,
2776</t>
2777<figure><artwork type="example">
2778  Connection: close
2779</artwork></figure>
2780<t>
2781   in either the request or the response header fields indicates that
2782   the connection &MUST; be closed after the current request/response
2783   is complete (<xref target="persistent.tear-down"/>).
2784</t>
2785<t>
2786   A client that does not support <x:ref>persistent connections</x:ref> &MUST;
2787   send the "close" connection option in every request message.
2788</t>
2789<t>
2790   A server that does not support <x:ref>persistent connections</x:ref> &MUST;
2791   send the "close" connection option in every response message that
2792   does not have a <x:ref>1xx (Informational)</x:ref> status code.
2793</t>
2794</section>
2795
2796<section title="Establishment" anchor="persistent.establishment">
2797<t>
2798   It is beyond the scope of this specification to describe how connections
2799   are established via various transport or session-layer protocols.
2800   Each connection applies to only one transport link.
2801</t>
2802</section>
2803
2804<section title="Persistence" anchor="persistent.connections">
2805   <x:anchor-alias value="persistent connections"/>
2806<t>
2807   HTTP/1.1 defaults to the use of "<x:dfn>persistent connections</x:dfn>",
2808   which allow multiple requests and responses to be carried over a single
2809   connection. The "<x:ref>close</x:ref>" connection-option is used to signal
2810   that a connection will not persist after the current request/response.
2811   HTTP implementations &SHOULD; support persistent connections.
2812</t>
2813<t>
2814   A recipient determines whether a connection is persistent or not based on
2815   the most recently received message's protocol version and
2816   <x:ref>Connection</x:ref> header field (if any):
2817   <list style="symbols">
2818     <t>If the <x:ref>close</x:ref> connection option is present, the
2819        connection will not persist after the current response; else,</t>
2820     <t>If the received protocol is HTTP/1.1 (or later), the connection will
2821        persist after the current response; else,</t>
2822     <t>If the received protocol is HTTP/1.0, the "keep-alive"
2823        connection option is present, the recipient is not a proxy, and
2824        the recipient wishes to honor the HTTP/1.0 "keep-alive" mechanism,
2825        the connection will persist after the current response; otherwise,</t>
2826     <t>The connection will close after the current response.</t>
2827   </list>
2828</t>
2829<t>
2830   A server &MAY; assume that an HTTP/1.1 client intends to maintain a
2831   persistent connection until a <x:ref>close</x:ref> connection option
2832   is received in a request.
2833</t>
2834<t>
2835   A client &MAY; reuse a persistent connection until it sends or receives
2836   a <x:ref>close</x:ref> connection option or receives an HTTP/1.0 response
2837   without a "keep-alive" connection option.
2838</t>
2839<t>
2840   In order to remain persistent, all messages on a connection &MUST;
2841   have a self-defined message length (i.e., one not defined by closure
2842   of the connection), as described in <xref target="message.body"/>.
2843   A server &MUST; read the entire request message body or close
2844   the connection after sending its response, since otherwise the
2845   remaining data on a persistent connection would be misinterpreted
2846   as the next request.  Likewise,
2847   a client &MUST; read the entire response message body if it intends
2848   to reuse the same connection for a subsequent request.
2849</t>
2850<t>
2851   A proxy server &MUST-NOT; maintain a persistent connection with an
2852   HTTP/1.0 client (see <xref x:sec="19.7.1" x:fmt="of" target="RFC2068"/> for
2853   information and discussion of the problems with the Keep-Alive header field
2854   implemented by many HTTP/1.0 clients).
2855</t>
2856<t>
2857   Clients and servers &SHOULD-NOT; assume that a persistent connection is
2858   maintained for HTTP versions less than 1.1 unless it is explicitly
2859   signaled.
2860   See <xref target="compatibility.with.http.1.0.persistent.connections"/>
2861   for more information on backward compatibility with HTTP/1.0 clients.
2862</t>
2863
2864<section title="Pipelining" anchor="pipelining">
2865<t>
2866   A client that supports persistent connections &MAY; "pipeline" its
2867   requests (i.e., send multiple requests without waiting for each
2868   response). A server &MUST; send its responses to those requests in the
2869   same order that the requests were received.
2870</t>
2871<t>
2872   Clients which assume persistent connections and pipeline immediately
2873   after connection establishment &SHOULD; be prepared to retry their
2874   connection if the first pipelined attempt fails. If a client does
2875   such a retry, it &MUST-NOT; pipeline before it knows the connection is
2876   persistent. Clients &MUST; also be prepared to resend their requests if
2877   the server closes the connection before sending all of the
2878   corresponding responses.
2879</t>
2880<t>
2881   Clients &SHOULD-NOT; pipeline requests using non-idempotent request methods
2882   or non-idempotent sequences of request methods (see &idempotent-methods;).
2883   Otherwise, a premature termination of the transport connection could lead
2884   to indeterminate results. A client wishing to send a non-idempotent
2885   request &SHOULD; wait to send that request until it has received the
2886   response status line for the previous request.
2887</t>
2888</section>
2889
2890<section title="Retrying Requests" anchor="persistent.retrying.requests">
2891<t>
2892   Connections can be closed at any time, with or without intention.
2893   Implementations ought to anticipate the need to recover
2894   from asynchronous close events.
2895   A client &MAY; open a new connection and retransmit an aborted sequence
2896   of requests without user interaction so long as the request sequence is
2897   idempotent (see &idempotent-methods;).
2898   A client &MUST-NOT; automatically retry non-idempotent request sequences,
2899   although user agents &MAY; offer a human operator the choice of retrying
2900   the request(s). Confirmation by
2901   user agent software with semantic understanding of the application
2902   &MAY; substitute for user confirmation. An automatic retry &SHOULD-NOT; 
2903   be repeated if a second sequence of requests fails.
2904</t>
2905</section>
2906</section>
2907   
2908<section title="Concurrency" anchor="persistent.concurrency">
2909<t>
2910   Clients &SHOULD; limit the number of simultaneous
2911   connections that they maintain to a given server.
2912</t>
2913<t>
2914   Previous revisions of HTTP gave a specific number of connections as a
2915   ceiling, but this was found to be impractical for many applications. As a
2916   result, this specification does not mandate a particular maximum number of
2917   connections, but instead encourages clients to be conservative when opening
2918   multiple connections.
2919</t>
2920<t>
2921   Multiple connections are typically used to avoid the "head-of-line
2922   blocking" problem, wherein a request that takes significant server-side
2923   processing and/or has a large payload blocks subsequent requests on the
2924   same connection. However, each connection consumes server resources.
2925   Furthermore, using multiple connections can cause undesirable side effects
2926   in congested networks.
2927</t>
2928<t>
2929   Note that servers might reject traffic that they deem abusive, including an
2930   excessive number of connections from a client.
2931</t>
2932</section>
2933
2934<section title="Failures and Time-outs" anchor="persistent.failures">
2935<t>
2936   Servers will usually have some time-out value beyond which they will
2937   no longer maintain an inactive connection. Proxy servers might make
2938   this a higher value since it is likely that the client will be making
2939   more connections through the same server. The use of persistent
2940   connections places no requirements on the length (or existence) of
2941   this time-out for either the client or the server.
2942</t>
2943<t>
2944   When a client or server wishes to time-out it &SHOULD; issue a graceful
2945   close on the transport connection. Clients and servers &SHOULD; both
2946   constantly watch for the other side of the transport close, and
2947   respond to it as appropriate. If a client or server does not detect
2948   the other side's close promptly it could cause unnecessary resource
2949   drain on the network.
2950</t>
2951<t>
2952   A client, server, or proxy &MAY; close the transport connection at any
2953   time. For example, a client might have started to send a new request
2954   at the same time that the server has decided to close the "idle"
2955   connection. From the server's point of view, the connection is being
2956   closed while it was idle, but from the client's point of view, a
2957   request is in progress.
2958</t>
2959<t>
2960   Servers &SHOULD; maintain persistent connections and allow the underlying
2961   transport's flow control mechanisms to resolve temporary overloads, rather
2962   than terminate connections with the expectation that clients will retry.
2963   The latter technique can exacerbate network congestion.
2964</t>
2965<t>
2966   A client sending a message body &SHOULD; monitor
2967   the network connection for an error status code while it is transmitting
2968   the request. If the client sees an error status code, it &SHOULD;
2969   immediately cease transmitting the body and close the connection.
2970</t>
2971</section>
2972   
2973<section title="Tear-down" anchor="persistent.tear-down">
2974  <iref primary="false" item="Connection header field" x:for-anchor=""/>
2975  <iref primary="false" item="close" x:for-anchor=""/>
2976<t>
2977   The <x:ref>Connection</x:ref> header field
2978   (<xref target="header.connection"/>) provides a "<x:ref>close</x:ref>"
2979   connection option that a sender &SHOULD; send when it wishes to close
2980   the connection after the current request/response pair.
2981</t>
2982<t>
2983   A client that sends a <x:ref>close</x:ref> connection option &MUST-NOT;
2984   send further requests on that connection (after the one containing
2985   <x:ref>close</x:ref>) and &MUST; close the connection after reading the
2986   final response message corresponding to this request.
2987</t>
2988<t>
2989   A server that receives a <x:ref>close</x:ref> connection option &MUST;
2990   initiate a lingering close (see below) of the connection after it sends the
2991   final response to the request that contained <x:ref>close</x:ref>.
2992   The server &SHOULD; include a <x:ref>close</x:ref> connection option
2993   in its final response on that connection. The server &MUST-NOT; process
2994   any further requests received on that connection.
2995</t>
2996<t>
2997   A server that sends a <x:ref>close</x:ref> connection option &MUST;
2998   initiate a lingering close of the connection after it sends the
2999   response containing <x:ref>close</x:ref>. The server &MUST-NOT; process
3000   any further requests received on that connection.
3001</t>
3002<t>
3003   A client that receives a <x:ref>close</x:ref> connection option &MUST;
3004   cease sending requests on that connection and close the connection
3005   after reading the response message containing the close; if additional
3006   pipelined requests had been sent on the connection, the client &SHOULD;
3007   assume that they will not be processed by the server.
3008</t>
3009<t>
3010   If a server performs an immediate close of a TCP connection, there is a
3011   significant risk that the client will not be able to read the last HTTP
3012   response.  If the server receives additional data from the client on a
3013   fully-closed connection, such as another request that was sent by the
3014   client before receiving the server's response, the server's TCP stack will
3015   send a reset packet to the client; unfortunately, the reset packet might
3016   erase the client's unacknowledged input buffers before they can be read
3017   and interpreted by the client's HTTP parser.
3018</t>
3019<t>
3020   To avoid the TCP reset problem, a server can perform a lingering close on a
3021   connection by closing only the write side of the read/write connection
3022   (a half-close) and continuing to read from the connection until the
3023   connection is closed by the client or the server is reasonably certain
3024   that its own TCP stack has received the client's acknowledgement of the
3025   packet(s) containing the server's last response. It is then safe for the
3026   server to fully close the connection.
3027</t>
3028<t>
3029   It is unknown whether the reset problem is exclusive to TCP or might also
3030   be found in other transport connection protocols.
3031</t>
3032</section>
3033
3034<section title="Upgrade" anchor="header.upgrade">
3035  <iref primary="true" item="Upgrade header field" x:for-anchor=""/>
3036  <x:anchor-alias value="Upgrade"/>
3037  <x:anchor-alias value="protocol"/>
3038  <x:anchor-alias value="protocol-name"/>
3039  <x:anchor-alias value="protocol-version"/>
3040<t>
3041   The "Upgrade" header field is intended to provide a simple mechanism
3042   for transitioning from HTTP/1.1 to some other protocol on the same
3043   connection.  A client &MAY; send a list of protocols in the Upgrade
3044   header field of a request to invite the server to switch to one or
3045   more of those protocols before sending the final response.
3046   A server &MUST; send an Upgrade header field in <x:ref>101 (Switching
3047   Protocols)</x:ref> responses to indicate which protocol(s) are being
3048   switched to, and &MUST; send it in <x:ref>426 (Upgrade Required)</x:ref>
3049   responses to indicate acceptable protocols.
3050   A server &MAY; send an Upgrade header field in any other response to
3051   indicate that they might be willing to upgrade to one of the
3052   specified protocols for a future request.
3053</t>
3054<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="Upgrade"/>
3055  <x:ref>Upgrade</x:ref>          = 1#<x:ref>protocol</x:ref>
3056
3057  <x:ref>protocol</x:ref>         = <x:ref>protocol-name</x:ref> ["/" <x:ref>protocol-version</x:ref>]
3058  <x:ref>protocol-name</x:ref>    = <x:ref>token</x:ref>
3059  <x:ref>protocol-version</x:ref> = <x:ref>token</x:ref>
3060</artwork></figure>
3061<t>
3062   For example,
3063</t>
3064<figure><artwork type="example">
3065  Upgrade: HTTP/2.0, SHTTP/1.3, IRC/6.9, RTA/x11
3066</artwork></figure>
3067<t>
3068   Upgrade eases the difficult transition between incompatible protocols by
3069   allowing the client to initiate a request in the more commonly
3070   supported protocol while indicating to the server that it would like
3071   to use a "better" protocol if available (where "better" is determined
3072   by the server, possibly according to the nature of the request method
3073   or target resource).
3074</t>
3075<t>
3076   Upgrade cannot be used to insist on a protocol change; its acceptance and
3077   use by the server is optional. The capabilities and nature of the
3078   application-level communication after the protocol change is entirely
3079   dependent upon the new protocol chosen, although the first action
3080   after changing the protocol &MUST; be a response to the initial HTTP
3081   request that contained the Upgrade header field.
3082</t>
3083<t>
3084   For example, if the Upgrade header field is received in a GET request
3085   and the server decides to switch protocols, then it &MUST; first respond
3086   with a <x:ref>101 (Switching Protocols)</x:ref> message in HTTP/1.1 and
3087   then immediately follow that with the new protocol's equivalent of a
3088   response to a GET on the target resource.  This allows a connection to be
3089   upgraded to protocols with the same semantics as HTTP without the
3090   latency cost of an additional round-trip.  A server &MUST-NOT; switch
3091   protocols unless the received message semantics can be honored by the new
3092   protocol; an OPTIONS request can be honored by any protocol.
3093</t>
3094<t>
3095   When Upgrade is sent, a sender &MUST; also send a
3096   <x:ref>Connection</x:ref> header field (<xref target="header.connection"/>)
3097   that contains the "upgrade" connection option, in order to prevent Upgrade
3098   from being accidentally forwarded by intermediaries that might not implement
3099   the listed protocols.  A server &MUST; ignore an Upgrade header field that
3100   is received in an HTTP/1.0 request.
3101</t>
3102<t>
3103   The Upgrade header field only applies to switching application-level
3104   protocols on the existing connection; it cannot be used
3105   to switch to a protocol on a different connection. For that purpose, it is
3106   more appropriate to use a <x:ref>3xx (Redirection)</x:ref> response
3107   (&status-3xx;).
3108</t>
3109<t>
3110   This specification only defines the protocol name "HTTP" for use by
3111   the family of Hypertext Transfer Protocols, as defined by the HTTP
3112   version rules of <xref target="http.version"/> and future updates to this
3113   specification. Additional tokens can be registered with IANA using the
3114   registration procedure defined in <xref target="upgrade.token.registry"/>.
3115</t>
3116</section>
3117</section>
3118
3119<section title="IANA Considerations" anchor="IANA.considerations">
3120
3121<section title="Header Field Registration" anchor="header.field.registration">
3122<t>
3123   HTTP header fields are registered within the Message Header Field Registry
3124   <xref target="RFC3864"/> maintained by IANA at
3125   <eref target="http://www.iana.org/assignments/message-headers/message-header-index.html"/>.
3126</t>
3127<t>
3128   This document defines the following HTTP header fields, so their
3129   associated registry entries shall be updated according to the permanent
3130   registrations below:
3131</t>
3132<?BEGININC p1-messaging.iana-headers ?>
3133<!--AUTOGENERATED FROM extract-header-defs.xslt, do not edit manually-->
3134<texttable align="left" suppress-title="true" anchor="iana.header.registration.table">
3135   <ttcol>Header Field Name</ttcol>
3136   <ttcol>Protocol</ttcol>
3137   <ttcol>Status</ttcol>
3138   <ttcol>Reference</ttcol>
3139
3140   <c>Connection</c>
3141   <c>http</c>
3142   <c>standard</c>
3143   <c>
3144      <xref target="header.connection"/>
3145   </c>
3146   <c>Content-Length</c>
3147   <c>http</c>
3148   <c>standard</c>
3149   <c>
3150      <xref target="header.content-length"/>
3151   </c>
3152   <c>Host</c>
3153   <c>http</c>
3154   <c>standard</c>
3155   <c>
3156      <xref target="header.host"/>
3157   </c>
3158   <c>TE</c>
3159   <c>http</c>
3160   <c>standard</c>
3161   <c>
3162      <xref target="header.te"/>
3163   </c>
3164   <c>Trailer</c>
3165   <c>http</c>
3166   <c>standard</c>
3167   <c>
3168      <xref target="header.trailer"/>
3169   </c>
3170   <c>Transfer-Encoding</c>
3171   <c>http</c>
3172   <c>standard</c>
3173   <c>
3174      <xref target="header.transfer-encoding"/>
3175   </c>
3176   <c>Upgrade</c>
3177   <c>http</c>
3178   <c>standard</c>
3179   <c>
3180      <xref target="header.upgrade"/>
3181   </c>
3182   <c>Via</c>
3183   <c>http</c>
3184   <c>standard</c>
3185   <c>
3186      <xref target="header.via"/>
3187   </c>
3188</texttable>
3189<!--(END)-->
3190<?ENDINC p1-messaging.iana-headers ?>
3191<t>
3192   Furthermore, the header field-name "Close" shall be registered as
3193   "reserved", since using that name as an HTTP header field might
3194   conflict with the "close" connection option of the "<x:ref>Connection</x:ref>"
3195   header field (<xref target="header.connection"/>).
3196</t>
3197<texttable align="left" suppress-title="true">
3198   <ttcol>Header Field Name</ttcol>
3199   <ttcol>Protocol</ttcol>
3200   <ttcol>Status</ttcol>
3201   <ttcol>Reference</ttcol>
3202
3203   <c>Close</c>
3204   <c>http</c>
3205   <c>reserved</c>
3206   <c>
3207      <xref target="header.field.registration"/>
3208   </c>
3209</texttable>
3210<t>
3211   The change controller is: "IETF (iesg@ietf.org) - Internet Engineering Task Force".
3212</t>
3213</section>
3214
3215<section title="URI Scheme Registration" anchor="uri.scheme.registration">
3216<t>
3217   IANA maintains the registry of URI Schemes <xref target="RFC4395"/> at
3218   <eref target="http://www.iana.org/assignments/uri-schemes.html"/>.
3219</t>
3220<t>
3221   This document defines the following URI schemes, so their
3222   associated registry entries shall be updated according to the permanent
3223   registrations below:
3224</t>
3225<texttable align="left" suppress-title="true">
3226   <ttcol>URI Scheme</ttcol>
3227   <ttcol>Description</ttcol>
3228   <ttcol>Reference</ttcol>
3229
3230   <c>http</c>
3231   <c>Hypertext Transfer Protocol</c>
3232   <c><xref target="http.uri"/></c>
3233
3234   <c>https</c>
3235   <c>Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure</c>
3236   <c><xref target="https.uri"/></c>
3237</texttable>
3238</section>
3239
3240<section title="Internet Media Type Registrations" anchor="internet.media.type.http">
3241<t>
3242   This document serves as the specification for the Internet media types
3243   "message/http" and "application/http". The following is to be registered with
3244   IANA (see <xref target="RFC4288"/>).
3245</t>
3246<section title="Internet Media Type message/http" anchor="internet.media.type.message.http">
3247<iref item="Media Type" subitem="message/http" primary="true"/>
3248<iref item="message/http Media Type" primary="true"/>
3249<t>
3250   The message/http type can be used to enclose a single HTTP request or
3251   response message, provided that it obeys the MIME restrictions for all
3252   "message" types regarding line length and encodings.
3253</t>
3254<t>
3255  <list style="hanging" x:indent="12em">
3256    <t hangText="Type name:">
3257      message
3258    </t>
3259    <t hangText="Subtype name:">
3260      http
3261    </t>
3262    <t hangText="Required parameters:">
3263      none
3264    </t>
3265    <t hangText="Optional parameters:">
3266      version, msgtype
3267      <list style="hanging">
3268        <t hangText="version:">
3269          The HTTP-version number of the enclosed message
3270          (e.g., "1.1"). If not present, the version can be
3271          determined from the first line of the body.
3272        </t>
3273        <t hangText="msgtype:">
3274          The message type &mdash; "request" or "response". If not
3275          present, the type can be determined from the first
3276          line of the body.
3277        </t>
3278      </list>
3279    </t>
3280    <t hangText="Encoding considerations:">
3281      only "7bit", "8bit", or "binary" are permitted
3282    </t>
3283    <t hangText="Security considerations:">
3284      none
3285    </t>
3286    <t hangText="Interoperability considerations:">
3287      none
3288    </t>
3289    <t hangText="Published specification:">
3290      This specification (see <xref target="internet.media.type.message.http"/>).
3291    </t>
3292    <t hangText="Applications that use this media type:">
3293    </t>
3294    <t hangText="Additional information:">
3295      <list style="hanging">
3296        <t hangText="Magic number(s):">none</t>
3297        <t hangText="File extension(s):">none</t>
3298        <t hangText="Macintosh file type code(s):">none</t>
3299      </list>
3300    </t>
3301    <t hangText="Person and email address to contact for further information:">
3302      See Authors Section.
3303    </t>
3304    <t hangText="Intended usage:">
3305      COMMON
3306    </t>
3307    <t hangText="Restrictions on usage:">
3308      none
3309    </t>
3310    <t hangText="Author/Change controller:">
3311      IESG
3312    </t>
3313  </list>
3314</t>
3315</section>
3316<section title="Internet Media Type application/http" anchor="internet.media.type.application.http">
3317<iref item="Media Type" subitem="application/http" primary="true"/>
3318<iref item="application/http Media Type" primary="true"/>
3319<t>
3320   The application/http type can be used to enclose a pipeline of one or more
3321   HTTP request or response messages (not intermixed).
3322</t>
3323<t>
3324  <list style="hanging" x:indent="12em">
3325    <t hangText="Type name:">
3326      application
3327    </t>
3328    <t hangText="Subtype name:">
3329      http
3330    </t>
3331    <t hangText="Required parameters:">
3332      none
3333    </t>
3334    <t hangText="Optional parameters:">
3335      version, msgtype
3336      <list style="hanging">
3337        <t hangText="version:">
3338          The HTTP-version number of the enclosed messages
3339          (e.g., "1.1"). If not present, the version can be
3340          determined from the first line of the body.
3341        </t>
3342        <t hangText="msgtype:">
3343          The message type &mdash; "request" or "response". If not
3344          present, the type can be determined from the first
3345          line of the body.
3346        </t>
3347      </list>
3348    </t>
3349    <t hangText="Encoding considerations:">
3350      HTTP messages enclosed by this type
3351      are in "binary" format; use of an appropriate
3352      Content-Transfer-Encoding is required when
3353      transmitted via E-mail.
3354    </t>
3355    <t hangText="Security considerations:">
3356      none
3357    </t>
3358    <t hangText="Interoperability considerations:">
3359      none
3360    </t>
3361    <t hangText="Published specification:">
3362      This specification (see <xref target="internet.media.type.application.http"/>).
3363    </t>
3364    <t hangText="Applications that use this media type:">
3365    </t>
3366    <t hangText="Additional information:">
3367      <list style="hanging">
3368        <t hangText="Magic number(s):">none</t>
3369        <t hangText="File extension(s):">none</t>
3370        <t hangText="Macintosh file type code(s):">none</t>
3371      </list>
3372    </t>
3373    <t hangText="Person and email address to contact for further information:">
3374      See Authors Section.
3375    </t>
3376    <t hangText="Intended usage:">
3377      COMMON
3378    </t>
3379    <t hangText="Restrictions on usage:">
3380      none
3381    </t>
3382    <t hangText="Author/Change controller:">
3383      IESG
3384    </t>
3385  </list>
3386</t>
3387</section>
3388</section>
3389
3390<section title="Transfer Coding Registry" anchor="transfer.coding.registry">
3391<t>
3392   The HTTP Transfer Coding Registry defines the name space for transfer
3393   coding names.
3394</t>
3395<t>
3396   Registrations &MUST; include the following fields:
3397   <list style="symbols">
3398     <t>Name</t>
3399     <t>Description</t>
3400     <t>Pointer to specification text</t>
3401   </list>
3402</t>
3403<t>
3404   Names of transfer codings &MUST-NOT; overlap with names of content codings
3405   (&content-codings;) unless the encoding transformation is identical, as
3406   is the case for the compression codings defined in
3407   <xref target="compression.codings"/>.
3408</t>
3409<t>
3410   Values to be added to this name space require IETF Review (see
3411   <xref target="RFC5226" x:fmt="of" x:sec="4.1"/>), and &MUST;
3412   conform to the purpose of transfer coding defined in this section.
3413   Use of program names for the identification of encoding formats
3414   is not desirable and is discouraged for future encodings.
3415</t>
3416<t>
3417   The registry itself is maintained at
3418   <eref target="http://www.iana.org/assignments/http-parameters"/>.
3419</t>
3420</section>
3421
3422<section title="Transfer Coding Registrations" anchor="transfer.coding.registration">
3423<t>
3424   The HTTP Transfer Coding Registry shall be updated with the registrations
3425   below:
3426</t>
3427<texttable align="left" suppress-title="true" anchor="iana.transfer.coding.registration.table">
3428   <ttcol>Name</ttcol>
3429   <ttcol>Description</ttcol>
3430   <ttcol>Reference</ttcol>
3431   <c>chunked</c>
3432   <c>Transfer in a series of chunks</c>
3433   <c>
3434      <xref target="chunked.encoding"/>
3435   </c>
3436   <c>compress</c>
3437   <c>UNIX "compress" program method</c>
3438   <c>
3439      <xref target="compress.coding"/>
3440   </c>
3441   <c>deflate</c>
3442   <c>"deflate" compression mechanism (<xref target="RFC1951"/>) used inside
3443   the "zlib" data format (<xref target="RFC1950"/>)
3444   </c>
3445   <c>
3446      <xref target="deflate.coding"/>
3447   </c>
3448   <c>gzip</c>
3449   <c>Same as GNU zip <xref target="RFC1952"/></c>
3450   <c>
3451      <xref target="gzip.coding"/>
3452   </c>
3453</texttable>
3454</section>
3455
3456<section title="Upgrade Token Registry" anchor="upgrade.token.registry">
3457<t>
3458   The HTTP Upgrade Token Registry defines the name space for protocol-name
3459   tokens used to identify protocols in the <x:ref>Upgrade</x:ref> header
3460   field. Each registered protocol name is associated with contact information
3461   and an optional set of specifications that details how the connection
3462   will be processed after it has been upgraded.
3463</t>
3464<t>
3465   Registrations happen on a "First Come First Served" basis (see
3466   <xref target="RFC5226" x:sec="4.1" x:fmt="of"/>) and are subject to the
3467   following rules:
3468  <list style="numbers">
3469    <t>A protocol-name token, once registered, stays registered forever.</t>
3470    <t>The registration &MUST; name a responsible party for the
3471       registration.</t>
3472    <t>The registration &MUST; name a point of contact.</t>
3473    <t>The registration &MAY; name a set of specifications associated with
3474       that token. Such specifications need not be publicly available.</t>
3475    <t>The registration &SHOULD; name a set of expected "protocol-version"
3476       tokens associated with that token at the time of registration.</t>
3477    <t>The responsible party &MAY; change the registration at any time.
3478       The IANA will keep a record of all such changes, and make them
3479       available upon request.</t>
3480    <t>The IESG &MAY; reassign responsibility for a protocol token.
3481       This will normally only be used in the case when a
3482       responsible party cannot be contacted.</t>
3483  </list>
3484</t>
3485<t>
3486   This registration procedure for HTTP Upgrade Tokens replaces that
3487   previously defined in <xref target="RFC2817" x:fmt="of" x:sec="7.2"/>.
3488</t>
3489</section>
3490
3491<section title="Upgrade Token Registration" anchor="upgrade.token.registration">
3492<t>
3493   The HTTP Upgrade Token Registry shall be updated with the registration
3494   below:
3495</t>
3496<texttable align="left" suppress-title="true">
3497   <ttcol>Value</ttcol>
3498   <ttcol>Description</ttcol>
3499   <ttcol>Expected Version Tokens</ttcol>
3500   <ttcol>Reference</ttcol>
3501
3502   <c>HTTP</c>
3503   <c>Hypertext Transfer Protocol</c>
3504   <c>any DIGIT.DIGIT (e.g, "2.0")</c>
3505   <c><xref target="http.version"/></c>
3506</texttable>
3507<t>
3508   The responsible party is: "IETF (iesg@ietf.org) - Internet Engineering Task Force".
3509</t>
3510</section>
3511
3512</section>
3513
3514<section title="Security Considerations" anchor="security.considerations">
3515<t>
3516   This section is meant to inform application developers, information
3517   providers, and users of the security limitations in HTTP/1.1 as
3518   described by this document. The discussion does not include
3519   definitive solutions to the problems revealed, though it does make
3520   some suggestions for reducing security risks.
3521</t>
3522
3523<section title="Personal Information" anchor="personal.information">
3524<t>
3525   HTTP clients are often privy to large amounts of personal information,
3526   including both information provided by the user to interact with resources
3527   (e.g., the user's name, location, mail address, passwords, encryption
3528   keys, etc.) and information about the user's browsing activity over
3529   time (e.g., history, bookmarks, etc.). HTTP implementations need to
3530   prevent unintentional leakage of this information.
3531</t>
3532</section>
3533
3534<section title="Abuse of Server Log Information" anchor="abuse.of.server.log.information">
3535<t>
3536   A server is in the position to save personal data about a user's
3537   requests which might identify their reading patterns or subjects of
3538   interest.  In particular, log information gathered at an intermediary
3539   often contains a history of user agent interaction, across a multitude
3540   of sites, that can be traced to individual users.
3541</t>
3542<t>
3543   HTTP log information is confidential in nature; its handling is often
3544   constrained by laws and regulations.  Log information needs to be securely
3545   stored and appropriate guidelines followed for its analysis.
3546   Anonymization of personal information within individual entries helps,
3547   but is generally not sufficient to prevent real log traces from being
3548   re-identified based on correlation with other access characteristics.
3549   As such, access traces that are keyed to a specific client should not
3550   be published even if the key is pseudonymous.
3551</t>
3552<t>
3553   To minimize the risk of theft or accidental publication, log information
3554   should be purged of personally identifiable information, including
3555   user identifiers, IP addresses, and user-provided query parameters,
3556   as soon as that information is no longer necessary to support operational
3557   needs for security, auditing, or fraud control.
3558</t>
3559</section>
3560
3561<section title="Attacks Based On File and Path Names" anchor="attack.pathname">
3562<t>
3563   Origin servers &SHOULD; be careful to restrict
3564   the documents returned by HTTP requests to be only those that were
3565   intended by the server administrators. If an HTTP server translates
3566   HTTP URIs directly into file system calls, the server &MUST; take
3567   special care not to serve files that were not intended to be
3568   delivered to HTTP clients. For example, UNIX, Microsoft Windows, and
3569   other operating systems use ".." as a path component to indicate a
3570   directory level above the current one. On such a system, an HTTP
3571   server &MUST; disallow any such construct in the request-target if it
3572   would otherwise allow access to a resource outside those intended to
3573   be accessible via the HTTP server. Similarly, files intended for
3574   reference only internally to the server (such as access control
3575   files, configuration files, and script code) &MUST; be protected from
3576   inappropriate retrieval, since they might contain sensitive
3577   information.
3578</t>
3579</section>
3580
3581<section title="DNS-related Attacks" anchor="dns.related.attacks">
3582<t>
3583   HTTP clients rely heavily on the Domain Name Service (DNS), and are thus
3584   generally prone to security attacks based on the deliberate misassociation
3585   of IP addresses and DNS names not protected by DNSSEC. Clients need to be
3586   cautious in assuming the validity of an IP number/DNS name association unless
3587   the response is protected by DNSSEC (<xref target="RFC4033"/>).
3588</t>
3589</section>
3590
3591<section title="Intermediaries and Caching" anchor="attack.intermediaries">
3592<t>
3593   By their very nature, HTTP intermediaries are men-in-the-middle, and
3594   represent an opportunity for man-in-the-middle attacks. Compromise of
3595   the systems on which the intermediaries run can result in serious security
3596   and privacy problems. Intermediaries have access to security-related
3597   information, personal information about individual users and
3598   organizations, and proprietary information belonging to users and
3599   content providers. A compromised intermediary, or an intermediary
3600   implemented or configured without regard to security and privacy
3601   considerations, might be used in the commission of a wide range of
3602   potential attacks.
3603</t>
3604<t>
3605   Intermediaries that contain a shared cache are especially vulnerable
3606   to cache poisoning attacks.
3607</t>
3608<t>
3609   Implementers need to consider the privacy and security
3610   implications of their design and coding decisions, and of the
3611   configuration options they provide to operators (especially the
3612   default configuration).
3613</t>
3614<t>
3615   Users need to be aware that intermediaries are no more trustworthy than
3616   the people who run them; HTTP itself cannot solve this problem.
3617</t>
3618</section>
3619
3620<section title="Buffer Overflows" anchor="attack.protocol.element.size.overflows">
3621<t>
3622   Because HTTP uses mostly textual, character-delimited fields, attackers can
3623   overflow buffers in implementations, and/or perform a Denial of Service
3624   against implementations that accept fields with unlimited lengths.
3625</t>
3626<t>
3627   To promote interoperability, this specification makes specific
3628   recommendations for minimum size limits on request-line
3629   (<xref target="request.line"/>)
3630   and blocks of header fields (<xref target="header.fields"/>). These are
3631   minimum recommendations, chosen to be supportable even by implementations
3632   with limited resources; it is expected that most implementations will
3633   choose substantially higher limits.
3634</t>
3635<t>
3636   This specification also provides a way for servers to reject messages that
3637   have request-targets that are too long (&status-414;) or request entities
3638   that are too large (&status-4xx;).
3639</t>
3640<t>
3641   Recipients &SHOULD; carefully limit the extent to which they read other
3642   fields, including (but not limited to) request methods, response status
3643   phrases, header field-names, and body chunks, so as to avoid denial of
3644   service attacks without impeding interoperability.
3645</t>
3646</section>
3647
3648<section title="Message Integrity" anchor="message.integrity">
3649<t>
3650   HTTP does not define a specific mechanism for ensuring message integrity,
3651   instead relying on the error-detection ability of underlying transport
3652   protocols and the use of length or chunk-delimited framing to detect
3653   completeness. Additional integrity mechanisms, such as hash functions or
3654   digital signatures applied to the content, can be selectively added to
3655   messages via extensible metadata header fields. Historically, the lack of
3656   a single integrity mechanism has been justified by the informal nature of
3657   most HTTP communication.  However, the prevalence of HTTP as an information
3658   access mechanism has resulted in its increasing use within environments
3659   where verification of message integrity is crucial.
3660</t>
3661<t>
3662   User agents are encouraged to implement configurable means for detecting
3663   and reporting failures of message integrity such that those means can be
3664   enabled within environments for which integrity is necessary. For example,
3665   a browser being used to view medical history or drug interaction
3666   information needs to indicate to the user when such information is detected
3667   by the protocol to be incomplete, expired, or corrupted during transfer.
3668   Such mechanisms might be selectively enabled via user agent extensions or
3669   the presence of message integrity metadata in a response.
3670   At a minimum, user agents ought to provide some indication that allows a
3671   user to distinguish between a complete and incomplete response message
3672   (<xref target="incomplete.messages"/>) when such verification is desired.
3673</t>
3674</section>
3675</section>
3676
3677<section title="Acknowledgments" anchor="acks">
3678<t>
3679   This edition of HTTP/1.1 builds on the many contributions that went into
3680   <xref target="RFC1945" format="none">RFC 1945</xref>,
3681   <xref target="RFC2068" format="none">RFC 2068</xref>,
3682   <xref target="RFC2145" format="none">RFC 2145</xref>, and
3683   <xref target="RFC2616" format="none">RFC 2616</xref>, including
3684   substantial contributions made by the previous authors, editors, and
3685   working group chairs: Tim Berners-Lee, Ari Luotonen, Roy T. Fielding,
3686   Henrik Frystyk Nielsen, Jim Gettys, Jeffrey C. Mogul, Larry Masinter,
3687   and Paul J. Leach. Mark Nottingham oversaw this effort as working group chair.
3688</t>
3689<t>
3690   Since 1999, the following contributors have helped improve the HTTP
3691   specification by reporting bugs, asking smart questions, drafting or
3692   reviewing text, and evaluating open issues:
3693</t>
3694<?BEGININC acks ?>
3695<t>Adam Barth,
3696Adam Roach,
3697Addison Phillips,
3698Adrian Chadd,
3699Adrien W. de Croy,
3700Alan Ford,
3701Alan Ruttenberg,
3702Albert Lunde,
3703Alek Storm,
3704Alex Rousskov,
3705Alexandre Morgaut,
3706Alexey Melnikov,
3707Alisha Smith,
3708Amichai Rothman,
3709Amit Klein,
3710Amos Jeffries,
3711Andreas Maier,
3712Andreas Petersson,
3713Anil Sharma,
3714Anne van Kesteren,
3715Anthony Bryan,
3716Asbjorn Ulsberg,
3717Ashok Kumar,
3718Balachander Krishnamurthy,
3719Barry Leiba,
3720Ben Laurie,
3721Benjamin Niven-Jenkins,
3722Bil Corry,
3723Bill Burke,
3724Bjoern Hoehrmann,
3725Bob Scheifler,
3726Boris Zbarsky,
3727Brett Slatkin,
3728Brian Kell,
3729Brian McBarron,
3730Brian Pane,
3731Brian Smith,
3732Bryce Nesbitt,
3733Cameron Heavon-Jones,
3734Carl Kugler,
3735Carsten Bormann,
3736Charles Fry,
3737Chris Newman,
3738Cyrus Daboo,
3739Dale Robert Anderson,
3740Dan Wing,
3741Dan Winship,
3742Daniel Stenberg,
3743Dave Cridland,
3744Dave Crocker,
3745Dave Kristol,
3746David Booth,
3747David Singer,
3748David W. Morris,
3749Diwakar Shetty,
3750Dmitry Kurochkin,
3751Drummond Reed,
3752Duane Wessels,
3753Edward Lee,
3754Eliot Lear,
3755Eran Hammer-Lahav,
3756Eric D. Williams,
3757Eric J. Bowman,
3758Eric Lawrence,
3759Eric Rescorla,
3760Erik Aronesty,
3761Evan Prodromou,
3762Florian Weimer,
3763Frank Ellermann,
3764Fred Bohle,
3765Gabriel Montenegro,
3766Geoffrey Sneddon,
3767Gervase Markham,
3768Grahame Grieve,
3769Greg Wilkins,
3770Harald Tveit Alvestrand,
3771Harry Halpin,
3772Helge Hess,
3773Henrik Nordstrom,
3774Henry S. Thompson,
3775Henry Story,
3776Herbert van de Sompel,
3777Howard Melman,
3778Hugo Haas,
3779Ian Fette,
3780Ian Hickson,
3781Ido Safruti,
3782Ilya Grigorik,
3783Ingo Struck,
3784J. Ross Nicoll,
3785James H. Manger,
3786James Lacey,
3787James M. Snell,
3788Jamie Lokier,
3789Jan Algermissen,
3790Jeff Hodges (who came up with the term 'effective Request-URI'),
3791Jeff Walden,
3792Jim Luther,
3793Joe D. Williams,
3794Joe Gregorio,
3795Joe Orton,
3796John C. Klensin,
3797John C. Mallery,
3798John Cowan,
3799John Kemp,
3800John Panzer,
3801John Schneider,
3802John Stracke,
3803John Sullivan,
3804Jonas Sicking,
3805Jonathan Billington,
3806Jonathan Moore,
3807Jonathan Rees,
3808Jonathan Silvera,
3809Jordi Ros,
3810Joris Dobbelsteen,
3811Josh Cohen,
3812Julien Pierre,
3813Jungshik Shin,
3814Justin Chapweske,
3815Justin Erenkrantz,
3816Justin James,
3817Kalvinder Singh,
3818Karl Dubost,
3819Keith Hoffman,
3820Keith Moore,
3821Ken Murchison,
3822Koen Holtman,
3823Konstantin Voronkov,
3824Kris Zyp,
3825Lisa Dusseault,
3826Maciej Stachowiak,
3827Marc Schneider,
3828Marc Slemko,
3829Mark Baker,
3830Mark Pauley,
3831Mark Watson,
3832Markus Isomaki,
3833Markus Lanthaler,
3834Martin J. Duerst,
3835Martin Musatov,
3836Martin Nilsson,
3837Martin Thomson,
3838Matt Lynch,
3839Matthew Cox,
3840Max Clark,
3841Michael Burrows,
3842Michael Hausenblas,
3843Mike Amundsen,
3844Mike Belshe,
3845Mike Kelly,
3846Mike Schinkel,
3847Miles Sabin,
3848Murray S. Kucherawy,
3849Mykyta Yevstifeyev,
3850Nathan Rixham,
3851Nicholas Shanks,
3852Nico Williams,
3853Nicolas Alvarez,
3854Nicolas Mailhot,
3855Noah Slater,
3856Pablo Castro,
3857Pat Hayes,
3858Patrick R. McManus,
3859Paul E. Jones,
3860Paul Hoffman,
3861Paul Marquess,
3862Peter Lepeska,
3863Peter Saint-Andre,
3864Peter Watkins,
3865Phil Archer,
3866Philippe Mougin,
3867Phillip Hallam-Baker,
3868Poul-Henning Kamp,
3869Preethi Natarajan,
3870Rajeev Bector,
3871Ray Polk,
3872Reto Bachmann-Gmuer,
3873Richard Cyganiak,
3874Robert Brewer,
3875Robert Collins,
3876Robert O'Callahan,
3877Robert Olofsson,
3878Robert Sayre,
3879Robert Siemer,
3880Robert de Wilde,
3881Roberto Javier Godoy,
3882Roberto Peon,
3883Roland Zink,
3884Ronny Widjaja,
3885S. Mike Dierken,
3886Salvatore Loreto,
3887Sam Johnston,
3888Sam Ruby,
3889Scott Lawrence (who maintained the original issues list),
3890Sean B. Palmer,
3891Shane McCarron,
3892Stefan Eissing,
3893Stefan Tilkov,
3894Stefanos Harhalakis,
3895Stephane Bortzmeyer,
3896Stephen Farrell,
3897Stephen Ludin,
3898Stuart Williams,
3899Subbu Allamaraju,
3900Sylvain Hellegouarch,
3901Tapan Divekar,
3902Tatsuya Hayashi,
3903Ted Hardie,
3904Thomas Broyer,
3905Thomas Fossati,
3906Thomas Nordin,
3907Thomas Roessler,
3908Tim Bray,
3909Tim Morgan,
3910Tim Olsen,
3911Tom Zhou,
3912Travis Snoozy,
3913Tyler Close,
3914Vincent Murphy,
3915Wenbo Zhu,
3916Werner Baumann,
3917Wilbur Streett,
3918Wilfredo Sanchez Vega,
3919William A. Rowe Jr.,
3920William Chan,
3921Willy Tarreau,
3922Xiaoshu Wang,
3923Yaron Goland,
3924Yngve Nysaeter Pettersen,
3925Yoav Nir,
3926Yogesh Bang,
3927Yutaka Oiwa,
3928Yves Lafon (long-time member of the editor team),
3929Zed A. Shaw, and
3930Zhong Yu.
3931</t>
3932<?ENDINC acks ?>
3933<t>
3934   See <xref target="RFC2616" x:fmt="of" x:sec="16"/> for additional
3935   acknowledgements from prior revisions.
3936</t>
3937</section>
3938
3939</middle>
3940<back>
3941
3942<references title="Normative References">
3943
3944<reference anchor="Part2">
3945  <front>
3946    <title>Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP/1.1): Semantics and Content</title>
3947    <author initials="R." surname="Fielding" fullname="Roy T. Fielding" role="editor">
3948      <organization abbrev="Adobe">Adobe Systems Incorporated</organization>
3949      <address><email>fielding@gbiv.com</email></address>
3950    </author>
3951    <author initials="J. F." surname="Reschke" fullname="Julian F. Reschke" role="editor">
3952      <organization abbrev="greenbytes">greenbytes GmbH</organization>
3953      <address><email>julian.reschke@greenbytes.de</email></address>
3954    </author>
3955    <date month="&ID-MONTH;" year="&ID-YEAR;"/>
3956  </front>
3957  <seriesInfo name="Internet-Draft" value="draft-ietf-httpbis-p2-semantics-&ID-VERSION;"/>
3958  <x:source href="p2-semantics.xml" basename="p2-semantics">
3959    <x:defines>1xx (Informational)</x:defines>
3960    <x:defines>1xx</x:defines>
3961    <x:defines>100 (Continue)</x:defines>
3962    <x:defines>101 (Switching Protocols)</x:defines>
3963    <x:defines>2xx (Successful)</x:defines>
3964    <x:defines>2xx</x:defines>
3965    <x:defines>200 (OK)</x:defines>
3966    <x:defines>204 (No Content)</x:defines>
3967    <x:defines>3xx (Redirection)</x:defines>
3968    <x:defines>3xx</x:defines>
3969    <x:defines>301 (Moved Permanently)</x:defines>
3970    <x:defines>4xx (Client Error)</x:defines>
3971    <x:defines>4xx</x:defines>
3972    <x:defines>400 (Bad Request)</x:defines>
3973    <x:defines>405 (Method Not Allowed)</x:defines>
3974    <x:defines>411 (Length Required)</x:defines>
3975    <x:defines>414 (URI Too Long)</x:defines>
3976    <x:defines>417 (Expectation Failed)</x:defines>
3977    <x:defines>426 (Upgrade Required)</x:defines>
3978    <x:defines>501 (Not Implemented)</x:defines>
3979    <x:defines>502 (Bad Gateway)</x:defines>
3980    <x:defines>505 (HTTP Version Not Supported)</x:defines>
3981    <x:defines>Allow</x:defines>
3982    <x:defines>Content-Encoding</x:defines>
3983    <x:defines>Content-Location</x:defines>
3984    <x:defines>Content-Type</x:defines>
3985    <x:defines>Date</x:defines>
3986    <x:defines>Expect</x:defines>
3987    <x:defines>Location</x:defines>
3988    <x:defines>Server</x:defines>
3989    <x:defines>User-Agent</x:defines>
3990  </x:source>
3991</reference>
3992
3993<reference anchor="Part4">
3994  <front>
3995    <title>Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP/1.1): Conditional Requests</title>
3996    <author fullname="Roy T. Fielding" initials="R." role="editor" surname="Fielding">
3997      <organization abbrev="Adobe">Adobe Systems Incorporated</organization>
3998      <address><email>fielding@gbiv.com</email></address>
3999    </author>
4000    <author fullname="Julian F. Reschke" initials="J. F." role="editor" surname="Reschke">
4001      <organization abbrev="greenbytes">greenbytes GmbH</organization>
4002      <address><email>julian.reschke@greenbytes.de</email></address>
4003    </author>
4004    <date month="&ID-MONTH;" year="&ID-YEAR;" />
4005  </front>
4006  <seriesInfo name="Internet-Draft" value="draft-ietf-httpbis-p4-conditional-&ID-VERSION;" />
4007  <x:source basename="p4-conditional" href="p4-conditional.xml">
4008    <x:defines>304 (Not Modified)</x:defines>
4009    <x:defines>ETag</x:defines>
4010    <x:defines>Last-Modified</x:defines>
4011  </x:source>
4012</reference>
4013
4014<reference anchor="Part5">
4015  <front>
4016    <title>Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP/1.1): Range Requests</title>
4017    <author initials="R." surname="Fielding" fullname="Roy T. Fielding" role="editor">
4018      <organization abbrev="Adobe">Adobe Systems Incorporated</organization>
4019      <address><email>fielding@gbiv.com</email></address>
4020    </author>
4021    <author initials="Y." surname="Lafon" fullname="Yves Lafon" role="editor">
4022      <organization abbrev="W3C">World Wide Web Consortium</organization>
4023      <address><email>ylafon@w3.org</email></address>
4024    </author>
4025    <author initials="J. F." surname="Reschke" fullname="Julian F. Reschke" role="editor">
4026      <organization abbrev="greenbytes">greenbytes GmbH</organization>
4027      <address><email>julian.reschke@greenbytes.de</email></address>
4028    </author>
4029    <date month="&ID-MONTH;" year="&ID-YEAR;"/>
4030  </front>
4031  <seriesInfo name="Internet-Draft" value="draft-ietf-httpbis-p5-range-&ID-VERSION;"/>
4032  <x:source href="p5-range.xml" basename="p5-range">
4033    <x:defines>Content-Range</x:defines>
4034  </x:source>
4035</reference>
4036
4037<reference anchor="Part6">
4038  <front>
4039    <title>Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP/1.1): Caching</title>
4040    <author initials="R." surname="Fielding" fullname="Roy T. Fielding" role="editor">
4041      <organization abbrev="Adobe">Adobe Systems Incorporated</organization>
4042      <address><email>fielding@gbiv.com</email></address>
4043    </author>
4044    <author initials="M." surname="Nottingham" fullname="Mark Nottingham" role="editor">
4045      <organization>Akamai</organization>
4046      <address><email>mnot@mnot.net</email></address>
4047    </author>
4048    <author initials="J. F." surname="Reschke" fullname="Julian F. Reschke" role="editor">
4049      <organization abbrev="greenbytes">greenbytes GmbH</organization>
4050      <address><email>julian.reschke@greenbytes.de</email></address>
4051    </author>
4052    <date month="&ID-MONTH;" year="&ID-YEAR;"/>
4053  </front>
4054  <seriesInfo name="Internet-Draft" value="draft-ietf-httpbis-p6-cache-&ID-VERSION;"/>
4055  <x:source href="p6-cache.xml" basename="p6-cache">
4056    <x:defines>Expires</x:defines>
4057  </x:source>
4058</reference>
4059
4060<reference anchor="Part7">
4061  <front>
4062    <title>Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP/1.1): Authentication</title>
4063    <author initials="R." surname="Fielding" fullname="Roy T. Fielding" role="editor">
4064      <organization abbrev="Adobe">Adobe Systems Incorporated</organization>
4065      <address><email>fielding@gbiv.com</email></address>
4066    </author>
4067    <author initials="J. F." surname="Reschke" fullname="Julian F. Reschke" role="editor">
4068      <organization abbrev="greenbytes">greenbytes GmbH</organization>
4069      <address><email>julian.reschke@greenbytes.de</email></address>
4070    </author>
4071    <date month="&ID-MONTH;" year="&ID-YEAR;"/>
4072  </front>
4073  <seriesInfo name="Internet-Draft" value="draft-ietf-httpbis-p7-auth-&ID-VERSION;"/>
4074  <x:source href="p7-auth.xml" basename="p7-auth">
4075    <x:defines>Proxy-Authenticate</x:defines>
4076    <x:defines>Proxy-Authorization</x:defines>
4077  </x:source>
4078</reference>
4079
4080<reference anchor="RFC5234">
4081  <front>
4082    <title abbrev="ABNF for Syntax Specifications">Augmented BNF for Syntax Specifications: ABNF</title>
4083    <author initials="D." surname="Crocker" fullname="Dave Crocker" role="editor">
4084      <organization>Brandenburg InternetWorking</organization>
4085      <address>
4086        <email>dcrocker@bbiw.net</email>
4087      </address> 
4088    </author>
4089    <author initials="P." surname="Overell" fullname="Paul Overell">
4090      <organization>THUS plc.</organization>
4091      <address>
4092        <email>paul.overell@thus.net</email>
4093      </address>
4094    </author>
4095    <date month="January" year="2008"/>
4096  </front>
4097  <seriesInfo name="STD" value="68"/>
4098  <seriesInfo name="RFC" value="5234"/>
4099</reference>
4100
4101<reference anchor="RFC2119">
4102  <front>
4103    <title>Key words for use in RFCs to Indicate Requirement Levels</title>
4104    <author initials="S." surname="Bradner" fullname="Scott Bradner">
4105      <organization>Harvard University</organization>
4106      <address><email>sob@harvard.edu</email></address>
4107    </author>
4108    <date month="March" year="1997"/>
4109  </front>
4110  <seriesInfo name="BCP" value="14"/>
4111  <seriesInfo name="RFC" value="2119"/>
4112</reference>
4113
4114<reference anchor="RFC3986">
4115 <front>
4116  <title abbrev='URI Generic Syntax'>Uniform Resource Identifier (URI): Generic Syntax</title>
4117  <author initials='T.' surname='Berners-Lee' fullname='Tim Berners-Lee'>
4118    <organization abbrev="W3C/MIT">World Wide Web Consortium</organization>
4119    <address>
4120       <email>timbl@w3.org</email>
4121       <uri>http://www.w3.org/People/Berners-Lee/</uri>
4122    </address>
4123  </author>
4124  <author initials='R.' surname='Fielding' fullname='Roy T. Fielding'>
4125    <organization abbrev="Day Software">Day Software</organization>
4126    <address>
4127      <email>fielding@gbiv.com</email>
4128      <uri>http://roy.gbiv.com/</uri>
4129    </address>
4130  </author>
4131  <author initials='L.' surname='Masinter' fullname='Larry Masinter'>
4132    <organization abbrev="Adobe Systems">Adobe Systems Incorporated</organization>
4133    <address>
4134      <email>LMM@acm.org</email>
4135      <uri>http://larry.masinter.net/</uri>
4136    </address>
4137  </author>
4138  <date month='January' year='2005'></date>
4139 </front>
4140 <seriesInfo name="STD" value="66"/>
4141 <seriesInfo name="RFC" value="3986"/>
4142</reference>
4143
4144<reference anchor="USASCII">
4145  <front>
4146    <title>Coded Character Set -- 7-bit American Standard Code for Information Interchange</title>
4147    <author>
4148      <organization>American National Standards Institute</organization>
4149    </author>
4150    <date year="1986"/>
4151  </front>
4152  <seriesInfo name="ANSI" value="X3.4"/>
4153</reference>
4154
4155<reference anchor="RFC1950">
4156  <front>
4157    <title>ZLIB Compressed Data Format Specification version 3.3</title>
4158    <author initials="L.P." surname="Deutsch" fullname="L. Peter Deutsch">
4159      <organization>Aladdin Enterprises</organization>
4160      <address><email>ghost@aladdin.com</email></address>
4161    </author>
4162    <author initials="J-L." surname="Gailly" fullname="Jean-Loup Gailly"/>
4163    <date month="May" year="1996"/>
4164  </front>
4165  <seriesInfo name="RFC" value="1950"/>
4166  <!--<annotation>
4167    RFC 1950 is an Informational RFC, thus it might be less stable than
4168    this specification. On the other hand, this downward reference was
4169    present since the publication of <xref target="RFC2068" x:fmt="none">RFC 2068</xref> in 1997,
4170    therefore it is unlikely to cause problems in practice. See also
4171    <xref target="BCP97"/>.
4172  </annotation>-->
4173</reference>
4174
4175<reference anchor="RFC1951">
4176  <front>
4177    <title>DEFLATE Compressed Data Format Specification version 1.3</title>
4178    <author initials="P." surname="Deutsch" fullname="L. Peter Deutsch">
4179      <organization>Aladdin Enterprises</organization>
4180      <address><email>ghost@aladdin.com</email></address>
4181    </author>
4182    <date month="May" year="1996"/>
4183  </front>
4184  <seriesInfo name="RFC" value="1951"/>
4185  <!--<annotation>
4186    RFC 1951 is an Informational RFC, thus it might be less stable than
4187    this specification. On the other hand, this downward reference was
4188    present since the publication of <xref target="RFC2068" x:fmt="none">RFC 2068</xref> in 1997,
4189    therefore it is unlikely to cause problems in practice. See also
4190    <xref target="BCP97"/>.
4191  </annotation>-->
4192</reference>
4193
4194<reference anchor="RFC1952">
4195  <front>
4196    <title>GZIP file format specification version 4.3</title>
4197    <author initials="P." surname="Deutsch" fullname="L. Peter Deutsch">
4198      <organization>Aladdin Enterprises</organization>
4199      <address><email>ghost@aladdin.com</email></address>
4200    </author>
4201    <author initials="J-L." surname="Gailly" fullname="Jean-Loup Gailly">
4202      <address><email>gzip@prep.ai.mit.edu</email></address>
4203    </author>
4204    <author initials="M." surname="Adler" fullname="Mark Adler">
4205      <address><email>madler@alumni.caltech.edu</email></address>
4206    </author>
4207    <author initials="L.P." surname="Deutsch" fullname="L. Peter Deutsch">
4208      <address><email>ghost@aladdin.com</email></address>
4209    </author>
4210    <author initials="G." surname="Randers-Pehrson" fullname="Glenn Randers-Pehrson">
4211      <address><email>randeg@alumni.rpi.edu</email></address>
4212    </author>
4213    <date month="May" year="1996"/>
4214  </front>
4215  <seriesInfo name="RFC" value="1952"/>
4216  <!--<annotation>
4217    RFC 1952 is an Informational RFC, thus it might be less stable than
4218    this specification. On the other hand, this downward reference was
4219    present since the publication of <xref target="RFC2068" x:fmt="none">RFC 2068</xref> in 1997,
4220    therefore it is unlikely to cause problems in practice. See also
4221    <xref target="BCP97"/>.
4222  </annotation>-->
4223</reference>
4224
4225</references>
4226
4227<references title="Informative References">
4228
4229<reference anchor="ISO-8859-1">
4230  <front>
4231    <title>
4232     Information technology -- 8-bit single-byte coded graphic character sets -- Part 1: Latin alphabet No. 1
4233    </title>
4234    <author>
4235      <organization>International Organization for Standardization</organization>
4236    </author>
4237    <date year="1998"/>
4238  </front>
4239  <seriesInfo name="ISO/IEC" value="8859-1:1998"/>
4240</reference>
4241
4242<reference anchor='RFC1919'>
4243  <front>
4244    <title>Classical versus Transparent IP Proxies</title>
4245    <author initials='M.' surname='Chatel' fullname='Marc Chatel'>
4246      <address><email>mchatel@pax.eunet.ch</email></address>
4247    </author>
4248    <date year='1996' month='March' />
4249  </front>
4250  <seriesInfo name='RFC' value='1919' />
4251</reference>
4252
4253<reference anchor="RFC1945">
4254  <front>
4255    <title abbrev="HTTP/1.0">Hypertext Transfer Protocol -- HTTP/1.0</title>
4256    <author initials="T." surname="Berners-Lee" fullname="Tim Berners-Lee">
4257      <organization>MIT, Laboratory for Computer Science</organization>
4258      <address><email>timbl@w3.org</email></address>
4259    </author>
4260    <author initials="R.T." surname="Fielding" fullname="Roy T. Fielding">
4261      <organization>University of California, Irvine, Department of Information and Computer Science</organization>
4262      <address><email>fielding@ics.uci.edu</email></address>
4263    </author>
4264    <author initials="H.F." surname="Nielsen" fullname="Henrik Frystyk Nielsen">
4265      <organization>W3 Consortium, MIT Laboratory for Computer Science</organization>
4266      <address><email>frystyk@w3.org</email></address>
4267    </author>
4268    <date month="May" year="1996"/>
4269  </front>
4270  <seriesInfo name="RFC" value="1945"/>
4271</reference>
4272
4273<reference anchor="RFC2045">
4274  <front>
4275    <title abbrev="Internet Message Bodies">Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions (MIME) Part One: Format of Internet Message Bodies</title>
4276    <author initials="N." surname="Freed" fullname="Ned Freed">
4277      <organization>Innosoft International, Inc.</organization>
4278      <address><email>ned@innosoft.com</email></address>
4279    </author>
4280    <author initials="N.S." surname="Borenstein" fullname="Nathaniel S. Borenstein">
4281      <organization>First Virtual Holdings</organization>
4282      <address><email>nsb@nsb.fv.com</email></address>
4283    </author>
4284    <date month="November" year="1996"/>
4285  </front>
4286  <seriesInfo name="RFC" value="2045"/>
4287</reference>
4288
4289<reference anchor="RFC2047">
4290  <front>
4291    <title abbrev="Message Header Extensions">MIME (Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions) Part Three: Message Header Extensions for Non-ASCII Text</title>
4292    <author initials="K." surname="Moore" fullname="Keith Moore">
4293      <organization>University of Tennessee</organization>
4294      <address><email>moore@cs.utk.edu</email></address>
4295    </author>
4296    <date month="November" year="1996"/>
4297  </front>
4298  <seriesInfo name="RFC" value="2047"/>
4299</reference>
4300
4301<reference anchor="RFC2068">
4302  <front>
4303    <title>Hypertext Transfer Protocol -- HTTP/1.1</title>
4304    <author initials="R." surname="Fielding" fullname="Roy T. Fielding">
4305      <organization>University of California, Irvine, Department of Information and Computer Science</organization>
4306      <address><email>fielding@ics.uci.edu</email></address>
4307    </author>
4308    <author initials="J." surname="Gettys" fullname="Jim Gettys">
4309      <organization>MIT Laboratory for Computer Science</organization>
4310      <address><email>jg@w3.org</email></address>
4311    </author>
4312    <author initials="J." surname="Mogul" fullname="Jeffrey C. Mogul">
4313      <organization>Digital Equipment Corporation, Western Research Laboratory</organization>
4314      <address><email>mogul@wrl.dec.com</email></address>
4315    </author>
4316    <author initials="H." surname="Nielsen" fullname="Henrik Frystyk Nielsen">
4317      <organization>MIT Laboratory for Computer Science</organization>
4318      <address><email>frystyk@w3.org</email></address>
4319    </author>
4320    <author initials="T." surname="Berners-Lee" fullname="Tim Berners-Lee">
4321      <organization>MIT Laboratory for Computer Science</organization>
4322      <address><email>timbl@w3.org</email></address>
4323    </author>
4324    <date month="January" year="1997"/>
4325  </front>
4326  <seriesInfo name="RFC" value="2068"/>
4327</reference>
4328
4329<reference anchor="RFC2145">
4330  <front>
4331    <title abbrev="HTTP Version Numbers">Use and Interpretation of HTTP Version Numbers</title>
4332    <author initials="J.C." surname="Mogul" fullname="Jeffrey C. Mogul">
4333      <organization>Western Research Laboratory</organization>
4334      <address><email>mogul@wrl.dec.com</email></address>
4335    </author>
4336    <author initials="R.T." surname="Fielding" fullname="Roy T. Fielding">
4337      <organization>Department of Information and Computer Science</organization>
4338      <address><email>fielding@ics.uci.edu</email></address>
4339    </author>
4340    <author initials="J." surname="Gettys" fullname="Jim Gettys">
4341      <organization>MIT Laboratory for Computer Science</organization>
4342      <address><email>jg@w3.org</email></address>
4343    </author>
4344    <author initials="H.F." surname="Nielsen" fullname="Henrik Frystyk Nielsen">
4345      <organization>W3 Consortium</organization>
4346      <address><email>frystyk@w3.org</email></address>
4347    </author>
4348    <date month="May" year="1997"/>
4349  </front>
4350  <seriesInfo name="RFC" value="2145"/>
4351</reference>
4352
4353<reference anchor="RFC2616">
4354  <front>
4355    <title>Hypertext Transfer Protocol -- HTTP/1.1</title>
4356    <author initials="R." surname="Fielding" fullname="R. Fielding">
4357      <organization>University of California, Irvine</organization>
4358      <address><email>fielding@ics.uci.edu</email></address>
4359    </author>
4360    <author initials="J." surname="Gettys" fullname="J. Gettys">
4361      <organization>W3C</organization>
4362      <address><email>jg@w3.org</email></address>
4363    </author>
4364    <author initials="J." surname="Mogul" fullname="J. Mogul">
4365      <organization>Compaq Computer Corporation</organization>
4366      <address><email>mogul@wrl.dec.com</email></address>
4367    </author>
4368    <author initials="H." surname="Frystyk" fullname="H. Frystyk">
4369      <organization>MIT Laboratory for Computer Science</organization>
4370      <address><email>frystyk@w3.org</email></address>
4371    </author>
4372    <author initials="L." surname="Masinter" fullname="L. Masinter">
4373      <organization>Xerox Corporation</organization>
4374      <address><email>masinter@parc.xerox.com</email></address>
4375    </author>
4376    <author initials="P." surname="Leach" fullname="P. Leach">
4377      <organization>Microsoft Corporation</organization>
4378      <address><email>paulle@microsoft.com</email></address>
4379    </author>
4380    <author initials="T." surname="Berners-Lee" fullname="T. Berners-Lee">
4381      <organization>W3C</organization>
4382      <address><email>timbl@w3.org</email></address>
4383    </author>
4384    <date month="June" year="1999"/>
4385  </front>
4386  <seriesInfo name="RFC" value="2616"/>
4387</reference>
4388
4389<reference anchor='RFC2817'>
4390  <front>
4391    <title>Upgrading to TLS Within HTTP/1.1</title>
4392    <author initials='R.' surname='Khare' fullname='R. Khare'>
4393      <organization>4K Associates / UC Irvine</organization>
4394      <address><email>rohit@4K-associates.com</email></address>
4395    </author>
4396    <author initials='S.' surname='Lawrence' fullname='S. Lawrence'>
4397      <organization>Agranat Systems, Inc.</organization>
4398      <address><email>lawrence@agranat.com</email></address>
4399    </author>
4400    <date year='2000' month='May' />
4401  </front>
4402  <seriesInfo name='RFC' value='2817' />
4403</reference>
4404
4405<reference anchor='RFC2818'>
4406  <front>
4407    <title>HTTP Over TLS</title>
4408    <author initials='E.' surname='Rescorla' fullname='Eric Rescorla'>
4409      <organization>RTFM, Inc.</organization>
4410      <address><email>ekr@rtfm.com</email></address>
4411    </author>
4412    <date year='2000' month='May' />
4413  </front>
4414  <seriesInfo name='RFC' value='2818' />
4415</reference>
4416
4417<reference anchor='RFC3040'>
4418  <front>
4419    <title>Internet Web Replication and Caching Taxonomy</title>
4420    <author initials='I.' surname='Cooper' fullname='I. Cooper'>
4421      <organization>Equinix, Inc.</organization>
4422    </author>
4423    <author initials='I.' surname='Melve' fullname='I. Melve'>
4424      <organization>UNINETT</organization>
4425    </author>
4426    <author initials='G.' surname='Tomlinson' fullname='G. Tomlinson'>
4427      <organization>CacheFlow Inc.</organization>
4428    </author>
4429    <date year='2001' month='January' />
4430  </front>
4431  <seriesInfo name='RFC' value='3040' />
4432</reference>
4433
4434<reference anchor='RFC3864'>
4435  <front>
4436    <title>Registration Procedures for Message Header Fields</title>
4437    <author initials='G.' surname='Klyne' fullname='G. Klyne'>
4438      <organization>Nine by Nine</organization>
4439      <address><email>GK-IETF@ninebynine.org</email></address>
4440    </author>
4441    <author initials='M.' surname='Nottingham' fullname='M. Nottingham'>
4442      <organization>BEA Systems</organization>
4443      <address><email>mnot@pobox.com</email></address>
4444    </author>
4445    <author initials='J.' surname='Mogul' fullname='J. Mogul'>
4446      <organization>HP Labs</organization>
4447      <address><email>JeffMogul@acm.org</email></address>
4448    </author>
4449    <date year='2004' month='September' />
4450  </front>
4451  <seriesInfo name='BCP' value='90' />
4452  <seriesInfo name='RFC' value='3864' />
4453</reference>
4454
4455<reference anchor='RFC4033'>
4456  <front>
4457    <title>DNS Security Introduction and Requirements</title>
4458    <author initials='R.' surname='Arends' fullname='R. Arends'/>
4459    <author initials='R.' surname='Austein' fullname='R. Austein'/>
4460    <author initials='M.' surname='Larson' fullname='M. Larson'/>
4461    <author initials='D.' surname='Massey' fullname='D. Massey'/>
4462    <author initials='S.' surname='Rose' fullname='S. Rose'/>
4463    <date year='2005' month='March' />
4464  </front>
4465  <seriesInfo name='RFC' value='4033' />
4466</reference>
4467
4468<reference anchor="RFC4288">
4469  <front>
4470    <title>Media Type Specifications and Registration Procedures</title>
4471    <author initials="N." surname="Freed" fullname="N. Freed">
4472      <organization>Sun Microsystems</organization>
4473      <address>
4474        <email>ned.freed@mrochek.com</email>
4475      </address>
4476    </author>
4477    <author initials="J." surname="Klensin" fullname="J. Klensin">
4478      <address>
4479        <email>klensin+ietf@jck.com</email>
4480      </address>
4481    </author>
4482    <date year="2005" month="December"/>
4483  </front>
4484  <seriesInfo name="BCP" value="13"/>
4485  <seriesInfo name="RFC" value="4288"/>
4486</reference>
4487
4488<reference anchor='RFC4395'>
4489  <front>
4490    <title>Guidelines and Registration Procedures for New URI Schemes</title>
4491    <author initials='T.' surname='Hansen' fullname='T. Hansen'>
4492      <organization>AT&amp;T Laboratories</organization>
4493      <address>
4494        <email>tony+urireg@maillennium.att.com</email>
4495      </address>
4496    </author>
4497    <author initials='T.' surname='Hardie' fullname='T. Hardie'>
4498      <organization>Qualcomm, Inc.</organization>
4499      <address>
4500        <email>hardie@qualcomm.com</email>
4501      </address>
4502    </author>
4503    <author initials='L.' surname='Masinter' fullname='L. Masinter'>
4504      <organization>Adobe Systems</organization>
4505      <address>
4506        <email>LMM@acm.org</email>
4507      </address>
4508    </author>
4509    <date year='2006' month='February' />
4510  </front>
4511  <seriesInfo name='BCP' value='115' />
4512  <seriesInfo name='RFC' value='4395' />
4513</reference>
4514
4515<reference anchor='RFC4559'>
4516  <front>
4517    <title>SPNEGO-based Kerberos and NTLM HTTP Authentication in Microsoft Windows</title>
4518    <author initials='K.' surname='Jaganathan' fullname='K. Jaganathan'/>
4519    <author initials='L.' surname='Zhu' fullname='L. Zhu'/>
4520    <author initials='J.' surname='Brezak' fullname='J. Brezak'/>
4521    <date year='2006' month='June' />
4522  </front>
4523  <seriesInfo name='RFC' value='4559' />
4524</reference>
4525
4526<reference anchor='RFC5226'>
4527  <front>
4528    <title>Guidelines for Writing an IANA Considerations Section in RFCs</title>
4529    <author initials='T.' surname='Narten' fullname='T. Narten'>
4530      <organization>IBM</organization>
4531      <address><email>narten@us.ibm.com</email></address>
4532    </author>
4533    <author initials='H.' surname='Alvestrand' fullname='H. Alvestrand'>
4534      <organization>Google</organization>
4535      <address><email>Harald@Alvestrand.no</email></address>
4536    </author>
4537    <date year='2008' month='May' />
4538  </front>
4539  <seriesInfo name='BCP' value='26' />
4540  <seriesInfo name='RFC' value='5226' />
4541</reference>
4542
4543<reference anchor='RFC5246'>
4544   <front>
4545      <title>The Transport Layer Security (TLS) Protocol Version 1.2</title>
4546      <author initials='T.' surname='Dierks' fullname='T. Dierks'>
4547         <organization />
4548      </author>
4549      <author initials='E.' surname='Rescorla' fullname='E. Rescorla'>
4550         <organization>RTFM, Inc.</organization>
4551      </author>
4552      <date year='2008' month='August' />
4553   </front>
4554   <seriesInfo name='RFC' value='5246' />
4555</reference>
4556
4557<reference anchor="RFC5322">
4558  <front>
4559    <title>Internet Message Format</title>
4560    <author initials="P." surname="Resnick" fullname="P. Resnick">
4561      <organization>Qualcomm Incorporated</organization>
4562    </author>
4563    <date year="2008" month="October"/>
4564  </front> 
4565  <seriesInfo name="RFC" value="5322"/>
4566</reference>
4567
4568<reference anchor="RFC6265">
4569  <front>
4570    <title>HTTP State Management Mechanism</title>
4571    <author initials="A." surname="Barth" fullname="Adam Barth">
4572      <organization abbrev="U.C. Berkeley">
4573        University of California, Berkeley
4574      </organization>
4575      <address><email>abarth@eecs.berkeley.edu</email></address>
4576    </author>
4577    <date year="2011" month="April" />
4578  </front>
4579  <seriesInfo name="RFC" value="6265"/>
4580</reference>
4581
4582<!--<reference anchor='BCP97'>
4583  <front>
4584    <title>Handling Normative References to Standards-Track Documents</title>
4585    <author initials='J.' surname='Klensin' fullname='J. Klensin'>
4586      <address>
4587        <email>klensin+ietf@jck.com</email>
4588      </address>
4589    </author>
4590    <author initials='S.' surname='Hartman' fullname='S. Hartman'>
4591      <organization>MIT</organization>
4592      <address>
4593        <email>hartmans-ietf@mit.edu</email>
4594      </address>
4595    </author>
4596    <date year='2007' month='June' />
4597  </front>
4598  <seriesInfo name='BCP' value='97' />
4599  <seriesInfo name='RFC' value='4897' />
4600</reference>-->
4601
4602<reference anchor="Kri2001" target="http://arxiv.org/abs/cs.SE/0105018">
4603  <front>
4604    <title>HTTP Cookies: Standards, Privacy, and Politics</title>
4605    <author initials="D." surname="Kristol" fullname="David M. Kristol"/>
4606    <date year="2001" month="November"/>
4607  </front>
4608  <seriesInfo name="ACM Transactions on Internet Technology" value="Vol. 1, #2"/>
4609</reference>
4610
4611</references>
4612
4613
4614<section title="HTTP Version History" anchor="compatibility">
4615<t>
4616   HTTP has been in use by the World-Wide Web global information initiative
4617   since 1990. The first version of HTTP, later referred to as HTTP/0.9,
4618   was a simple protocol for hypertext data transfer across the Internet
4619   with only a single request method (GET) and no metadata.
4620   HTTP/1.0, as defined by <xref target="RFC1945"/>, added a range of request
4621   methods and MIME-like messaging that could include metadata about the data
4622   transferred and modifiers on the request/response semantics. However,
4623   HTTP/1.0 did not sufficiently take into consideration the effects of
4624   hierarchical proxies, caching, the need for persistent connections, or
4625   name-based virtual hosts. The proliferation of incompletely-implemented
4626   applications calling themselves "HTTP/1.0" further necessitated a
4627   protocol version change in order for two communicating applications
4628   to determine each other's true capabilities.
4629</t>
4630<t>
4631   HTTP/1.1 remains compatible with HTTP/1.0 by including more stringent
4632   requirements that enable reliable implementations, adding only
4633   those new features that will either be safely ignored by an HTTP/1.0
4634   recipient or only sent when communicating with a party advertising
4635   conformance with HTTP/1.1.
4636</t>
4637<t>
4638   It is beyond the scope of a protocol specification to mandate
4639   conformance with previous versions. HTTP/1.1 was deliberately
4640   designed, however, to make supporting previous versions easy.
4641   We would expect a general-purpose HTTP/1.1 server to understand
4642   any valid request in the format of HTTP/1.0 and respond appropriately
4643   with an HTTP/1.1 message that only uses features understood (or
4644   safely ignored) by HTTP/1.0 clients.  Likewise, we would expect
4645   an HTTP/1.1 client to understand any valid HTTP/1.0 response.
4646</t>
4647<t>
4648   Since HTTP/0.9 did not support header fields in a request,
4649   there is no mechanism for it to support name-based virtual
4650   hosts (selection of resource by inspection of the <x:ref>Host</x:ref> header
4651   field).  Any server that implements name-based virtual hosts
4652   ought to disable support for HTTP/0.9.  Most requests that
4653   appear to be HTTP/0.9 are, in fact, badly constructed HTTP/1.x
4654   requests wherein a buggy client failed to properly encode
4655   linear whitespace found in a URI reference and placed in
4656   the request-target.
4657</t>
4658
4659<section title="Changes from HTTP/1.0" anchor="changes.from.1.0">
4660<t>
4661   This section summarizes major differences between versions HTTP/1.0
4662   and HTTP/1.1.
4663</t>
4664
4665<section title="Multi-homed Web Servers" anchor="changes.to.simplify.multi-homed.web.servers.and.conserve.ip.addresses">
4666<t>
4667   The requirements that clients and servers support the <x:ref>Host</x:ref>
4668   header field (<xref target="header.host"/>), report an error if it is
4669   missing from an HTTP/1.1 request, and accept absolute URIs (<xref target="request-target"/>)
4670   are among the most important changes defined by HTTP/1.1.
4671</t>
4672<t>
4673   Older HTTP/1.0 clients assumed a one-to-one relationship of IP
4674   addresses and servers; there was no other established mechanism for
4675   distinguishing the intended server of a request than the IP address
4676   to which that request was directed. The <x:ref>Host</x:ref> header field was
4677   introduced during the development of HTTP/1.1 and, though it was
4678   quickly implemented by most HTTP/1.0 browsers, additional requirements
4679   were placed on all HTTP/1.1 requests in order to ensure complete
4680   adoption.  At the time of this writing, most HTTP-based services
4681   are dependent upon the Host header field for targeting requests.
4682</t>
4683</section>
4684
4685<section title="Keep-Alive Connections" anchor="compatibility.with.http.1.0.persistent.connections">
4686<t>
4687   In HTTP/1.0, each connection is established by the client prior to the
4688   request and closed by the server after sending the response. However, some
4689   implementations implement the explicitly negotiated ("Keep-Alive") version
4690   of persistent connections described in <xref x:sec="19.7.1" x:fmt="of"
4691   target="RFC2068"/>.
4692</t>
4693<t>
4694   Some clients and servers might wish to be compatible with these previous
4695   approaches to persistent connections, by explicitly negotiating for them
4696   with a "Connection: keep-alive" request header field. However, some
4697   experimental implementations of HTTP/1.0 persistent connections are faulty;
4698   for example, if an HTTP/1.0 proxy server doesn't understand
4699   <x:ref>Connection</x:ref>, it will erroneously forward that header field
4700   to the next inbound server, which would result in a hung connection.
4701</t>
4702<t>
4703   One attempted solution was the introduction of a Proxy-Connection header
4704   field, targeted specifically at proxies. In practice, this was also
4705   unworkable, because proxies are often deployed in multiple layers, bringing
4706   about the same problem discussed above.
4707</t>
4708<t>
4709   As a result, clients are encouraged not to send the Proxy-Connection header
4710   field in any requests.
4711</t>
4712<t>
4713   Clients are also encouraged to consider the use of Connection: keep-alive
4714   in requests carefully; while they can enable persistent connections with
4715   HTTP/1.0 servers, clients using them need will need to monitor the
4716   connection for "hung" requests (which indicate that the client ought stop
4717   sending the header field), and this mechanism ought not be used by clients
4718   at all when a proxy is being used.
4719</t>
4720</section>
4721
4722<section title="Introduction of Transfer-Encoding" anchor="introduction.of.transfer-encoding">
4723<t>
4724   HTTP/1.1 introduces the <x:ref>Transfer-Encoding</x:ref> header field
4725   (<xref target="header.transfer-encoding"/>). Proxies/gateways &MUST; remove
4726   any transfer coding prior to forwarding a message via a MIME-compliant
4727   protocol.
4728</t>
4729</section>
4730
4731</section>
4732
4733<section title="Changes from RFC 2616" anchor="changes.from.rfc.2616">
4734<t>
4735  HTTP's approach to error handling has been explained.
4736  (<xref target="conformance"/>)
4737</t>
4738<t>
4739  The expectation to support HTTP/0.9 requests has been removed.
4740</t>
4741<t>
4742  The term "Effective Request URI" has been introduced.
4743  (<xref target="effective.request.uri" />)
4744</t>
4745<t>
4746  HTTP messages can be (and often are) buffered by implementations; despite
4747  it sometimes being available as a stream, HTTP is fundamentally a
4748  message-oriented protocol.
4749  (<xref target="http.message" />)
4750</t>
4751<t>
4752  Minimum supported sizes for various protocol elements have been
4753  suggested, to improve interoperability.
4754</t>
4755<t>
4756  Header fields that span multiple lines ("line folding") are deprecated.
4757  (<xref target="field.parsing" />)
4758</t>
4759<t>
4760  The HTTP-version ABNF production has been clarified to be case-sensitive.
4761  Additionally, version numbers has been restricted to single digits, due
4762  to the fact that implementations are known to handle multi-digit version
4763  numbers incorrectly.
4764  (<xref target="http.version"/>)
4765</t>
4766<t>
4767  The HTTPS URI scheme is now defined by this specification; previously,
4768  it was done in  <xref target="RFC2818" x:fmt="of" x:sec="2.4"/>.
4769  (<xref target="https.uri"/>)
4770</t>
4771<t>
4772  The HTTPS URI scheme implies end-to-end security.
4773  (<xref target="https.uri"/>)
4774</t>
4775<t>
4776  Userinfo (i.e., username and password) are now disallowed in HTTP and
4777  HTTPS URIs, because of security issues related to their transmission on the
4778  wire.
4779  (<xref target="http.uri" />)
4780</t>
4781<t>
4782  Invalid whitespace around field-names is now required to be rejected,
4783  because accepting it represents a security vulnerability.
4784  (<xref target="header.fields"/>)
4785</t>
4786<t>
4787  The ABNF productions defining header fields now only list the field value.
4788  (<xref target="header.fields"/>)
4789</t>
4790<t>
4791  Rules about implicit linear whitespace between certain grammar productions
4792  have been removed; now whitespace is only allowed where specifically
4793  defined in the ABNF.
4794  (<xref target="whitespace"/>)
4795</t>
4796<t> 
4797  The NUL octet is no longer allowed in comment and quoted-string text, and
4798  handling of backslash-escaping in them has been clarified.
4799  (<xref target="field.components"/>)
4800</t> 
4801<t>
4802  The quoted-pair rule no longer allows escaping control characters other than
4803  HTAB.
4804  (<xref target="field.components"/>)
4805</t>
4806<t>
4807  Non-ASCII content in header fields and the reason phrase has been obsoleted
4808  and made opaque (the TEXT rule was removed).
4809  (<xref target="field.components"/>)
4810</t>
4811<t>
4812  Bogus "<x:ref>Content-Length</x:ref>" header fields are now required to be
4813  handled as errors by recipients.
4814  (<xref target="header.content-length"/>)
4815</t>
4816<t>
4817  The "identity" transfer coding token has been removed.
4818  (Sections <xref format="counter" target="message.body"/> and
4819  <xref format="counter" target="transfer.codings"/>)
4820</t>
4821<t>
4822  The algorithm for determining the message body length has been clarified
4823  to indicate all of the special cases (e.g., driven by methods or status
4824  codes) that affect it, and that new protocol elements cannot define such
4825  special cases.
4826  (<xref target="message.body.length"/>)
4827</t>
4828<t>
4829  "multipart/byteranges" is no longer a way of determining message body length
4830  detection.
4831  (<xref target="message.body.length"/>)
4832</t>
4833<t>
4834  CONNECT is a new, special case in determining message body length.
4835  (<xref target="message.body.length"/>)
4836</t>
4837<t>
4838  Chunk length does not include the count of the octets in the
4839  chunk header and trailer.
4840  (<xref target="chunked.encoding"/>)
4841</t>
4842<t>
4843  Use of chunk extensions is deprecated, and line folding in them is
4844  disallowed.
4845  (<xref target="chunked.encoding"/>)
4846</t>
4847<t>
4848  The path-absolute + query components of RFC3986 have been used to define the
4849  request-target, instead of abs_path from RFC 1808.
4850  (<xref target="request-target"/>)
4851</t>
4852<t>
4853  The asterisk form of the request-target is only allowed in the OPTIONS
4854  method.
4855  (<xref target="request-target"/>)
4856</t>
4857<t>
4858  Exactly when "close" connection options have to be sent has been clarified.
4859  (<xref target="header.connection"/>)
4860</t>
4861<t> 
4862  "hop-by-hop" header fields are required to appear in the Connection header
4863  field; just because they're defined as hop-by-hop in this specification
4864  doesn't exempt them.
4865  (<xref target="header.connection"/>)
4866</t>
4867<t>
4868  The limit of two connections per server has been removed.
4869  (<xref target="persistent.connections"/>)
4870</t>
4871<t>
4872  An idempotent sequence of requests is no longer required to be retried.
4873  (<xref target="persistent.connections"/>)
4874</t>
4875<t>
4876  The requirement to retry requests under certain circumstances when the
4877  server prematurely closes the connection has been removed.
4878  (<xref target="persistent.connections"/>)
4879</t>
4880<t>
4881  Some extraneous requirements about when servers are allowed to close
4882  connections prematurely have been removed.
4883  (<xref target="persistent.connections"/>)
4884</t>
4885<t>
4886  The semantics of the <x:ref>Upgrade</x:ref> header field is now defined in
4887  responses other than 101 (this was incorporated from <xref
4888  target="RFC2817"/>).
4889  (<xref target="header.upgrade"/>)
4890</t>
4891<t>
4892  Registration of Transfer Codings now requires IETF Review
4893  (<xref target="transfer.coding.registry"/>)
4894</t>
4895<t>
4896  The meaning of the "deflate" content coding has been clarified.
4897  (<xref target="deflate.coding" />)
4898</t>
4899<t>
4900  This specification now defines the Upgrade Token Registry, previously
4901  defined in <xref target="RFC2817" x:fmt="of" x:sec="7.2"/>.
4902  (<xref target="upgrade.token.registry"/>)
4903</t>
4904<t>
4905  Empty list elements in list productions (e.g., a list header containing
4906  ", ,") have been deprecated.
4907  (<xref target="abnf.extension"/>)
4908</t>
4909<t>
4910  Issues with the Keep-Alive and Proxy-Connection headers in requests
4911  are pointed out, with use of the latter being discouraged altogether.
4912  (<xref target="compatibility.with.http.1.0.persistent.connections" />)
4913</t>
4914</section>
4915</section>
4916
4917<section title="ABNF list extension: #rule" anchor="abnf.extension">
4918<t>
4919  A #rule extension to the ABNF rules of <xref target="RFC5234"/> is used to
4920  improve readability in the definitions of some header field values.
4921</t>
4922<t>
4923  A construct "#" is defined, similar to "*", for defining comma-delimited
4924  lists of elements. The full form is "&lt;n&gt;#&lt;m&gt;element" indicating
4925  at least &lt;n&gt; and at most &lt;m&gt; elements, each separated by a single
4926  comma (",") and optional whitespace (OWS).   
4927</t>
4928<figure><preamble>
4929  Thus,
4930</preamble><artwork type="example">
4931  1#element =&gt; element *( OWS "," OWS element )
4932</artwork></figure>
4933<figure><preamble>
4934  and:
4935</preamble><artwork type="example">
4936  #element =&gt; [ 1#element ]
4937</artwork></figure>
4938<figure><preamble>
4939  and for n &gt;= 1 and m &gt; 1:
4940</preamble><artwork type="example">
4941  &lt;n&gt;#&lt;m&gt;element =&gt; element &lt;n-1&gt;*&lt;m-1&gt;( OWS "," OWS element )
4942</artwork></figure>
4943<t>
4944  For compatibility with legacy list rules, recipients &SHOULD; accept empty
4945  list elements. In other words, consumers would follow the list productions:
4946</t>
4947<figure><artwork type="example">
4948  #element =&gt; [ ( "," / element ) *( OWS "," [ OWS element ] ) ]
4949 
4950  1#element =&gt; *( "," OWS ) element *( OWS "," [ OWS element ] )
4951</artwork></figure>
4952<t>
4953  Note that empty elements do not contribute to the count of elements present,
4954  though.
4955</t>
4956<t>
4957  For example, given these ABNF productions:
4958</t>
4959<figure><artwork type="example">
4960  example-list      = 1#example-list-elmt
4961  example-list-elmt = token ; see <xref target="field.components"/> 
4962</artwork></figure>
4963<t>
4964  Then these are valid values for example-list (not including the double
4965  quotes, which are present for delimitation only):
4966</t>
4967<figure><artwork type="example">
4968  "foo,bar"
4969  "foo ,bar,"
4970  "foo , ,bar,charlie   "
4971</artwork></figure>
4972<t>
4973  But these values would be invalid, as at least one non-empty element is
4974  required:
4975</t>
4976<figure><artwork type="example">
4977  ""
4978  ","
4979  ",   ,"
4980</artwork></figure>
4981<t>
4982  <xref target="collected.abnf"/> shows the collected ABNF, with the list rules
4983  expanded as explained above.
4984</t>
4985</section>
4986
4987<?BEGININC p1-messaging.abnf-appendix ?>
4988<section xmlns:x="http://purl.org/net/xml2rfc/ext" title="Collected ABNF" anchor="collected.abnf">
4989<figure>
4990<artwork type="abnf" name="p1-messaging.parsed-abnf">
4991<x:ref>BWS</x:ref> = OWS
4992
4993<x:ref>Connection</x:ref> = *( "," OWS ) connection-option *( OWS "," [ OWS
4994 connection-option ] )
4995<x:ref>Content-Length</x:ref> = 1*DIGIT
4996
4997<x:ref>HTTP-message</x:ref> = start-line *( header-field CRLF ) CRLF [ message-body
4998 ]
4999<x:ref>HTTP-name</x:ref> = %x48.54.54.50 ; HTTP
5000<x:ref>HTTP-version</x:ref> = HTTP-name "/" DIGIT "." DIGIT
5001<x:ref>Host</x:ref> = uri-host [ ":" port ]
5002
5003<x:ref>OWS</x:ref> = *( SP / HTAB )
5004
5005<x:ref>RWS</x:ref> = 1*( SP / HTAB )
5006
5007<x:ref>TE</x:ref> = [ ( "," / t-codings ) *( OWS "," [ OWS t-codings ] ) ]
5008<x:ref>Trailer</x:ref> = *( "," OWS ) field-name *( OWS "," [ OWS field-name ] )
5009<x:ref>Transfer-Encoding</x:ref> = *( "," OWS ) transfer-coding *( OWS "," [ OWS
5010 transfer-coding ] )
5011
5012<x:ref>URI-reference</x:ref> = &lt;URI-reference, defined in [RFC3986], Section 4.1&gt;
5013<x:ref>Upgrade</x:ref> = *( "," OWS ) protocol *( OWS "," [ OWS protocol ] )
5014
5015<x:ref>Via</x:ref> = *( "," OWS ) ( received-protocol RWS received-by [ RWS comment
5016 ] ) *( OWS "," [ OWS ( received-protocol RWS received-by [ RWS
5017 comment ] ) ] )
5018
5019<x:ref>absolute-URI</x:ref> = &lt;absolute-URI, defined in [RFC3986], Section 4.3&gt;
5020<x:ref>absolute-form</x:ref> = absolute-URI
5021<x:ref>asterisk-form</x:ref> = "*"
5022<x:ref>attribute</x:ref> = token
5023<x:ref>authority</x:ref> = &lt;authority, defined in [RFC3986], Section 3.2&gt;
5024<x:ref>authority-form</x:ref> = authority
5025
5026<x:ref>chunk</x:ref> = chunk-size [ chunk-ext ] CRLF chunk-data CRLF
5027<x:ref>chunk-data</x:ref> = 1*OCTET
5028<x:ref>chunk-ext</x:ref> = *( ";" chunk-ext-name [ "=" chunk-ext-val ] )
5029<x:ref>chunk-ext-name</x:ref> = token
5030<x:ref>chunk-ext-val</x:ref> = token / quoted-str-nf
5031<x:ref>chunk-size</x:ref> = 1*HEXDIG
5032<x:ref>chunked-body</x:ref> = *chunk last-chunk trailer-part CRLF
5033<x:ref>comment</x:ref> = "(" *( ctext / quoted-cpair / comment ) ")"
5034<x:ref>connection-option</x:ref> = token
5035<x:ref>ctext</x:ref> = HTAB / SP / %x21-27 ; '!'-'''
5036 / %x2A-5B ; '*'-'['
5037 / %x5D-7E ; ']'-'~'
5038 / obs-text
5039
5040<x:ref>field-content</x:ref> = *( HTAB / SP / VCHAR / obs-text )
5041<x:ref>field-name</x:ref> = token
5042<x:ref>field-value</x:ref> = *( field-content / obs-fold )
5043
5044<x:ref>header-field</x:ref> = field-name ":" OWS field-value BWS
5045<x:ref>http-URI</x:ref> = "http://" authority path-abempty [ "?" query ]
5046<x:ref>https-URI</x:ref> = "https://" authority path-abempty [ "?" query ]
5047
5048<x:ref>last-chunk</x:ref> = 1*"0" [ chunk-ext ] CRLF
5049
5050<x:ref>message-body</x:ref> = *OCTET
5051<x:ref>method</x:ref> = token
5052
5053<x:ref>obs-fold</x:ref> = CRLF ( SP / HTAB )
5054<x:ref>obs-text</x:ref> = %x80-FF
5055<x:ref>origin-form</x:ref> = path-absolute [ "?" query ]
5056
5057<x:ref>partial-URI</x:ref> = relative-part [ "?" query ]
5058<x:ref>path-abempty</x:ref> = &lt;path-abempty, defined in [RFC3986], Section 3.3&gt;
5059<x:ref>path-absolute</x:ref> = &lt;path-absolute, defined in [RFC3986], Section 3.3&gt;
5060<x:ref>port</x:ref> = &lt;port, defined in [RFC3986], Section 3.2.3&gt;
5061<x:ref>protocol</x:ref> = protocol-name [ "/" protocol-version ]
5062<x:ref>protocol-name</x:ref> = token
5063<x:ref>protocol-version</x:ref> = token
5064<x:ref>pseudonym</x:ref> = token
5065
5066<x:ref>qdtext</x:ref> = HTAB / SP / "!" / %x23-5B ; '#'-'['
5067 / %x5D-7E ; ']'-'~'
5068 / obs-text
5069<x:ref>qdtext-nf</x:ref> = HTAB / SP / "!" / %x23-5B ; '#'-'['
5070 / %x5D-7E ; ']'-'~'
5071 / obs-text
5072<x:ref>query</x:ref> = &lt;query, defined in [RFC3986], Section 3.4&gt;
5073<x:ref>quoted-cpair</x:ref> = "\" ( HTAB / SP / VCHAR / obs-text )
5074<x:ref>quoted-pair</x:ref> = "\" ( HTAB / SP / VCHAR / obs-text )
5075<x:ref>quoted-str-nf</x:ref> = DQUOTE *( qdtext-nf / quoted-pair ) DQUOTE
5076<x:ref>quoted-string</x:ref> = DQUOTE *( qdtext / quoted-pair ) DQUOTE
5077
5078<x:ref>rank</x:ref> = ( "0" [ "." *3DIGIT ] ) / ( "1" [ "." *3"0" ] )
5079<x:ref>reason-phrase</x:ref> = *( HTAB / SP / VCHAR / obs-text )
5080<x:ref>received-by</x:ref> = ( uri-host [ ":" port ] ) / pseudonym
5081<x:ref>received-protocol</x:ref> = [ protocol-name "/" ] protocol-version
5082<x:ref>relative-part</x:ref> = &lt;relative-part, defined in [RFC3986], Section 4.2&gt;
5083<x:ref>request-line</x:ref> = method SP request-target SP HTTP-version CRLF
5084<x:ref>request-target</x:ref> = origin-form / absolute-form / authority-form /
5085 asterisk-form
5086
5087<x:ref>special</x:ref> = "(" / ")" / "&lt;" / "&gt;" / "@" / "," / ";" / ":" / "\" /
5088 DQUOTE / "/" / "[" / "]" / "?" / "=" / "{" / "}"
5089<x:ref>start-line</x:ref> = request-line / status-line
5090<x:ref>status-code</x:ref> = 3DIGIT
5091<x:ref>status-line</x:ref> = HTTP-version SP status-code SP reason-phrase CRLF
5092
5093<x:ref>t-codings</x:ref> = "trailers" / ( transfer-coding [ t-ranking ] )
5094<x:ref>t-ranking</x:ref> = OWS ";" OWS "q=" rank
5095<x:ref>tchar</x:ref> = "!" / "#" / "$" / "%" / "&amp;" / "'" / "*" / "+" / "-" / "." /
5096 "^" / "_" / "`" / "|" / "~" / DIGIT / ALPHA
5097<x:ref>token</x:ref> = 1*tchar
5098<x:ref>trailer-part</x:ref> = *( header-field CRLF )
5099<x:ref>transfer-coding</x:ref> = "chunked" / "compress" / "deflate" / "gzip" /
5100 transfer-extension
5101<x:ref>transfer-extension</x:ref> = token *( OWS ";" OWS transfer-parameter )
5102<x:ref>transfer-parameter</x:ref> = attribute BWS "=" BWS value
5103
5104<x:ref>uri-host</x:ref> = &lt;host, defined in [RFC3986], Section 3.2.2&gt;
5105
5106<x:ref>value</x:ref> = word
5107
5108<x:ref>word</x:ref> = token / quoted-string
5109</artwork>
5110</figure>
5111</section>
5112<?ENDINC p1-messaging.abnf-appendix ?>
5113
5114<section title="Change Log (to be removed by RFC Editor before publication)" anchor="change.log">
5115
5116<section title="Since RFC 2616">
5117<t>
5118  Changes up to the first Working Group Last Call draft are summarized
5119  in <eref target="http://trac.tools.ietf.org/html/draft-ietf-httpbis-p1-messaging-21#appendix-D"/>.
5120</t>
5121</section>
5122
5123<section title="Since draft-ietf-httpbis-p1-messaging-21" anchor="changes.since.21">
5124<t>
5125  Closed issues:
5126  <list style="symbols">
5127    <t>
5128      <eref target="http://tools.ietf.org/wg/httpbis/trac/ticket/128"/>:
5129      "Cite HTTPS URI scheme definition" (the spec now includes the HTTPs
5130      scheme definition and thus updates RFC 2818)
5131    </t>
5132    <t>
5133      <eref target="http://tools.ietf.org/wg/httpbis/trac/ticket/389"/>:
5134      "mention of 'proxies' in section about caches"
5135    </t>
5136  </list>
5137</t>
5138</section>
5139
5140</section>
5141
5142</back>
5143</rfc>
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