Closed Bug 196871 Opened 20 years ago Closed 19 years ago
Referrer downloads cause bad data page or invalid html on shift-click on link
User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.3b; MultiZilla vundefinedundefined) Gecko/20030210 Build Identifier: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.3b; MultiZilla vundefinedundefined) Gecko/20030210 The link to the file uses a a java referrer mechanism. IE downloads the file correctly. Left clicking the file in Mozilla causes a page of garbage to load or if you shift-click the link it downloada an HTML file with the following information in it. "Unauthorized download We're sorry, but this downlod request cannot be authorized. There could be several reasons for this: 1) You clicked on a link on a site that is not part of the Doom9 domains. In this case the URL in your browser would not contain doom9.org or doom9.net. We do not allow that kind of external hotlinking. This site creates a great deal of traffic and it's hard to find a good hosting. We will not provide the bandwith for other sites, too so that they can have a great software archive without having to host and pay for it. Please visit Doom9.org and you can download all the files you want. 2) You're using a download manager. Download managers usually offer to search for alternative download locations. While this is nice for the user, it's bad for the webmaster because it could be that a download which originated on another site could theoretically still be downloaded from this site, without anybody knowing. But there's a solution to this problem: Set up your download manager to send a HTTP referer, and when you click on a link on the Doom9 site the download will be authorized. Here's how you can do this in Getright: Go to Getright Configuration, under Advanced/Protocol check Send "Referer" in HTTP Request and then select Generated from the download URL. The setup should be similar for other download managers. 3) Your browser did not send a referer. This normally happens if you right click on a link and select save-as, or if you copy and paste a link into a new browser window and press Enter. It may also be that your browser is set up to not send any referer, though I did not find any such option in the browser I'm using (IE6). Unfortunately we must test for empty referer or we still have the download manager problem mentioned in 2). But left clicking on a link works just fine and has been tested in IE6, Netscape 6, Opera6 and Mozilla 1.0. Some software firewalls, for instance the Norton Personal Firewall (which is also part of Norton Internet Security) or ZoneAlarm remove the referer from HTTP requests which will block any downloads on any site that does a referer check. Hence such options should always be turned off. In Norton you have to go to the Privacy Settings and disable browser privacy (which doesn't really protect your privacy anyway as your IP address will always be logged regardless of that setting), in ZoneAlarm you have to go to Privacy -> Cookie Control -> Custom and uncheck "remove private header information". Software like AdSubstract also blocks the referer and makes downloads impossible. We're sorry for any inconvenience this may cause and hope you understand our reasons for doing so. Bandwith doesn't come cheap and we have to do all we can to keep the bandwith usage (roughly 600GB a month these days) down." Reproducible: Always Steps to Reproduce: 1. Click on link to download rar 2. Shift click on link to download HTML 3. Actual Results: See above Expected Results: To download rar file to hard disk. This does not occur.
Linux 2003031105 Go to http://www.doom9.org/software.htm then find "Media Player Classic 220.127.116.11" Clicking the Link: Causes a HTTP GET Request w/ a Referer of http://www.doom9.org/software.htm Then the Server responds with HTTP/1.1 200 with a Content type:text/plain mozilla downloads the rar file and displays it as a plain text file Right clicking the link: Causes a HTTP HEAD Request w/o a Referer Then the Server responds with HTTP/1.1 302 with a Location of http://www.doom9.org/leach.htm mozilla go and retrives http://www.doom9.org/leach.htm w/o problems. Adding a Referer to the HEAD request would fix this so you can atleast right click and save the file.
This is a dup of us not sending the referrer on save operations (clicking on the link is not a save operation -- different codepath).
Depends on: 160454
that would be bug 170722 but the bug is marked fixed and it's still not working. Any hints Boris ?
The back end now sends a referrer if its given one. The Save As front end still needs to give it one.
Unless I've missed something, this is a dupe of bug 188253. *** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 188253 ***
Status: UNCONFIRMED → RESOLVED
Closed: 19 years ago
Resolution: --- → DUPLICATE
The page descriptor is something that lets you get the page data from the cache. The referrer is something you only need if you're going to end up hitting the server. The two are unrelated....
Status: RESOLVED → UNCONFIRMED
Resolution: DUPLICATE → ---
Sorry, I didn't realize that. I was following a trail of bugs and saw that that one was spun off of bug 170722 (which does deal with referrers) and I guess I made a bad assumption.
Assignee: asa → jag
Status: UNCONFIRMED → NEW
Component: Browser-General → XP Apps
Ever confirmed: true
QA Contact: asa → pawyskoczka
Bug 236194 is the same bug for Firefox. It has a simple Firefox-specific patch.
taking. bug 160454 might make this a bit easier to fix, but this is doable either way.
Assignee: jag → cbiesinger
No longer depends on: 160454
who knows... maybe this fixes some of the problems with "save link target as"
19 years ago
well that was pretty badly worded. I meant some of the problems that were blamed on HEAD before...
Status: NEW → ASSIGNED
Target Milestone: --- → mozilla1.7beta
Comment on attachment 143068 [details] [diff] [review] patch sr=bzbarsky, but I _really_ wish firefox hadn't forked this code... :(
Attachment #143068 - Flags: superreview?(bzbarsky) → superreview+
Comment on attachment 143068 [details] [diff] [review] patch >+ var refer = getReferrer(document); Some naming consistency would be nice, var referrer perhaps? I assume that unsuitable referrers will get screened out at some point?
Attachment #143068 - Flags: review?(neil.parkwaycc.co.uk) → review+
(In reply to comment #14) > Some naming consistency would be nice, var referrer perhaps? ok, I'll change that > I assume that unsuitable referrers will get screened out at some point? yes, nsHttpChannel does that.
Checking in resources/content/contentAreaUtils.js; /cvsroot/mozilla/xpfe/communicator/resources/content/contentAreaUtils.js,v <-- contentAreaUtils.js new revision: 1.104; previous revision: 1.103 done
Status: ASSIGNED → RESOLVED
Closed: 19 years ago → 19 years ago
Resolution: --- → FIXED
Question: Is a referrer sent if I do a "save link target as" with this pref? user_pref("network.http.sendRefererHeader", 1); // 0=don't send any, 1=send only on clicks, 2=send on image requests as well
I haven't personally tried, but examining the code, it looks as if the preference is respected.
(In reply to comment #18) > I haven't personally tried, but examining the code, it looks as if the > preference is respected. Yes it is. I tried it with www.doom9.org. The only (nothing to do with this bug) thing is, if you do a shift+click to download you will always get a .rar.html or .zip.html served (wrong extension).
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