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PK72919; 6.1.0.19: Content-type cannot be parsed correctly by the Web Container

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Abstract

A static page integrated into IBM WebSphere Portal cannot successfully issue a request to portal using the XMLHTTPRequest functionality when the page is viewed with Mozilla.

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PK72919 resolves the following problem:

ERROR DESCRIPTION:
A Content-Type header with a value of the form: "multipart/form-data; charset=UTF-8;param=value" is not parsed correctly by the Web Container.

USERS AFFECTED:
All users of WebSphere Application Server V6.1.

PROBLEM DESCRIPTION:
A static page integrated into WebSphere Portal cannot successfully issue a request to portal using the XMLHTTPRequest functionality when the page is viewed with Firefox version 3.

RECOMMENDATION:
None

The WebContainer considers everything after "charset=" in a Content-Type header as part of the charset value. In the reported problem the Content-Type header has a value of the form "multipart/form-data; charset=<encoding>; <param>=<value>". As a result "encoding>; <param>=<value>" is considered to be the charset value. This causes a problem when setting the character encoding for the inbound request which may cause the request to fail and the following message will be seen in the SystemOut.log file:

[25.09.08 10:51:35:187 CEST] 0000002d SRTServletReq I Unable to set request character encoding based upon request header.

PROBLEM CONCLUSION:
The Web Container has been updated to consider a ";" after "charset=" to denote the end of the charset value.

The fix for this APAR is currently targeted for inclusion in Fix Pack 6.1.0.23.

Please refer to the Recommended Updates page for delivery information:
http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?rs=180&uid=swg27004980

Prerequisites

Please download the UpdateInstaller below to install this fix.

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Installation Instructions

Please review the readme.txt for detailed installation instructions.

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On
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Technical Support

Contact IBM Support using SR (http://www-306.ibm.com/software/support/probsub.html), visit the WebSphere Application Server Support Web site (http://www.ibm.com/software/webservers/appserv/was/support/), or contact 1-800-IBM-SERV(U.S. only).

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Document Information

Modified date:
15 June 2018

UID

swg24020927