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WebSEAL receives POST requests from Internet Explorer without data.



WebSEAL returns a "HTTP/1.1 500 Internal Server Error" with error "DPWWA1238E An HTTP message body sent in a response by a third-party server is too short" to POST requests from Internet Explorer without a request body..


Internet Explorer expects that an HTTP server will maintain a persistent connection for 60 seconds. When a connection is closed prior to this, and Internet Explorer receives a TCP Reset from a POST request on the closed connection, Internet Explorer retries the POST on a new connection without the POST body. This is discussed in Microsoft Support article 895954.

Resolving The Problem

As suggested in the Workaround of Microsoft Support article 831167, increase the WebSEAL [server] persistent-con-timeout to 61 seconds.

In Access Manager 7.0 WebSEAL and the Access Manager Reverse Proxy, a separate cache is used for idle persistent connections, without using additional worker threads. It may be necessary to increase the [server] max-idle-persistent-connections value.

In Access Manager 6.1.* WebSEAL, each persistent connection uses a worker thread, so it may also be necessary to increase the [server] worker-threads value as well.

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Document Information

Modified date:
16 June 2018