Gnome proxy settings, address conversion to IPv6 for "ignore hosts" doesn't convert netmask

RESOLVED FIXED in mozilla27



4 years ago
4 years ago


(Reporter: Carsten Sommer, Assigned: Carsten Sommer)



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(1 attachment, 1 obsolete attachment)



4 years ago
Created attachment 814387 [details] [diff] [review]

When entering URLs with IP adresses in Firefox, those IP addresses are not matched correctly to the "ignore hosts" setting, when having configured Gnome proxy settings and using "Use system proxy settings" in Firefox, because the IP addresses get converted to IPv6 but not the netmask/prefix.

Steps to reproduce:

Use a Firefox with Gnome support.

Configure proxy settings in Gnome like in the following example (change the proxy host/port to something sensible):

gsettings set org.gnome.system.proxy mode 'manual' 
gsettings set org.gnome.system.proxy.http enabled true
gsettings set org.gnome.system.proxy.http host ''
gsettings set org.gnome.system.proxy.http port 8080
gsettings set org.gnome.system.proxy.ftp host ''
gsettings set org.gnome.system.proxy.ftp port 8080
gsettings set org.gnome.system.proxy.https host ''
gsettings set org.gnome.system.proxy.https port 8080
gsettings set org.gnome.system.proxy ignore-hosts "['localhost', '']"

After that, choose "Use system proxy settings" in Firefox, so Firefox uses the Gnome proxy settings.

When entering URLs containing hostnames, Firefox uses the proxy as intended. But when using any IP addresses in URLs that are not in the network, Firefox doesn't use the proxy, but tries to connect directly to those IP addresses. The expected behavior would be, that Firefox ignores the proxy only for addresses in the network, not for all addresses.

When removing the entry "" from the ignore-hosts, Firefox again uses the proxy for all URLs containing IP addresses, as expected.

Looking in the code in toolkit/system/unixproxy/nsUnixSystemProxySettings.cpp in function HostIgnoredByProxy, the IP addresses specified in the ignore-hosts and the URL get converted to IPv6, the netmask gets applied, and the results are then compared. The problem is however, that the conversion to IPv6 doesn't include the netmask. So the wrong netmask (IPv4 netmask) get's applied to the IPv6 addresses, and when comparing the addresses this causes a match for any IPv4 address.

This problem can easily be verified when changing the netmask/prefix in the ignore-hosts setting to a IPv6 prefix (IPv4 prefix + 96). So when changing the entry to "" it works as expected, in the sense that only connections for URLs containing IP addresses of the network are done directly, connections for URLs containing other IP adresses are done through the proxy.

I have attached a patch against mozilla-central to fix the problem. The code converts the IPv4 prefixes to IPv6 prefixes (adds 96) before the netmask get applied. This is along the lines of other proxy code in netwerk/base/src/nsProtocolProxyService.cpp.

I have tested the attached patch and it fixes the problem for me.

I have read the information about submitting bugs, and patches on, but since this is my first time, and I'm not 100% sure if everything applies to me, or how exactly, it would be nice to point me in the right direction, if I can do something to help get the patch included.
Attachment #814387 - Flags: review?(benjamin)


4 years ago
Attachment #814387 - Flags: review?(benjamin) → review?(karlt)
Comment on attachment 814387 [details] [diff] [review]

Thanks for the nice diagnosis, Carsten.

I'm not familiar with details of ipv6 masks, but, looking at proxy_MaskIPv6Addr, it looks like ipv6 masks of <= 32 are meaningful, and so the conversion should be performed only for ipv4 addresses, as in nsProtocolProxyService.

Perhaps add an optional int32_t* aMask parameter to ConvertToIPV6Addr()?
Attachment #814387 - Flags: review?(karlt) → review-

Comment 2

4 years ago
Created attachment 817058 [details] [diff] [review]
new patch with the proposed changesgnome_proxy_netmask_ipv6_conversion_2.patch

Comment 3

4 years ago
Thanks for the feedback!

And you are right, the code in the first patch could pose a problem when IPv6 network are configured in the ignore-hosts list. I should probably have paid more attention to the code in nsProtocolProxyService.cpp.

I attached a new patch, which does the conversion in ConvertToIPV6Addr(), and should only be done for IPv4 addresses, as it is done in nsProtocolProxyService.cpp. I wonder though, why the code in nsProtocolProxyService.cpp just skips over the netmask conversion, when an invalid (>32) netmask is found. If a user specifies an invalid IPv4 address/netmask pair, like "", it leads to a similar problem as with the Gnome proxy code, and suddenly every IPv4 Address in an URL produces a match against this (invalid) ignore-hosts entry. I verified this behavior by adding an "" entry in the internal proxy settings in Firefox.

I think a better way would be to skip those invalid ignore-hosts entries. So in the new attached patch the conversion will return false if the netmask is invalid, so the entry gets skipped.


4 years ago
Attachment #817058 - Flags: review?(karlt)
Attachment #817058 - Flags: review?(karlt) → review+
Assignee: nobody → cs_gon
Ever confirmed: true


4 years ago
Keywords: checkin-needed
Attachment #814387 - Attachment is obsolete: true
Last Resolved: 4 years ago
Resolution: --- → FIXED
Target Milestone: --- → mozilla27


4 years ago
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