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This specification defines bindings, and the BIND method for creating multiple bindings to the same resource. Creating a new binding to a resource causes at least one new URI to be mapped to that resource. Servers are required to insure the integrity of any bindings that they allow to be created.
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|I edit (type: edit, status: open)|
|email@example.com||2004-05-30||Umbrella issue for editorial fixes/enhancements.|
|Associated changes in this document: 2.4, 2.7, del-, del-, 3.2.1, 3.2.1, 4.1, A.|
This specification extends the WebDAV Distributed Authoring Protocol to enable clients to create new access paths to existing resources. This capability is useful for several reasons:¶
URIs of WebDAV-compliant resources are hierarchical and correspond to a hierarchy of collections in resource space. The WebDAV Distributed Authoring Protocol makes it possible to organize these resources into hierarchies, placing them into groupings, known as collections, which are more easily browsed and manipulated than a single flat collection. However, hierarchies require categorization decisions that locate resources at a single location in the hierarchy, a drawback when a resource has multiple valid categories. For example, in a hierarchy of vehicle descriptions containing collections for cars and boats, a description of a combination car/boat vehicle could belong in either collection. Ideally, the description should be accessible from both. Allowing clients to create new URIs that access the existing resource lets them put that resource into multiple collections.¶
Hierarchies also make resource sharing more difficult, since resources that have utility across many collections are still forced into a single collection. For example, the mathematics department at one university might create a collection of information on fractals that contains bindings to some local resources, but also provides access to some resources at other universities. For many reasons, it may be undesirable to make physical copies of the shared resources on the local server: to conserve disk space, to respect copyright constraints, or to make any changes in the shared resources visible automatically. Being able to create new access paths to existing resources in other collections or even on other servers is useful for this sort of case.¶
The BIND method defined here provides a mechanism for allowing clients to create alternative access paths to existing WebDAV resources. HTTP [RFC2616] and WebDAV [RFC2518] methods are able to work because there are mappings between URIs and resources. A method is addressed to a URI, and the server follows the mapping from that URI to a resource, applying the method to that resource. Multiple URIs may be mapped to the same resource, but until now there has been no way for clients to create additional URIs mapped to existing resources.¶
BIND lets clients associate a new URI with an existing WebDAV resource, and this URI can then be used to submit requests to the resource. Since URIs of WebDAV resources are hierarchical, and correspond to a hierarchy of collections in resource space, the BIND method also has the effect of adding the resource to a collection. As new URIs are associated with the resource, it appears in additional collections.¶
A BIND request does not create a new resource, but simply makes available a new URI for submitting requests to an existing resource. The new URI is indistinguishable from any other URI when submitting a request to a resource. Only one round trip is needed to submit a request to the intended target. Servers are required to enforce the integrity of the relationships between the new URIs and the resources associated with them. Consequently, it may be very costly for servers to support BIND requests that cross server boundaries.¶
This specification is organized as follows. Section 1.1 defines terminology used in the rest of the specification, while Section 2 overviews bindings. Section 3 defines the new properties needed to support multiple bindings to the same resource. Section 4 specifies the BIND method, used to create multiple bindings to the same resource. Section 5 specifies the UNBIND method, used to remove a binding to a resource. Section 6 specifies the REBIND method, used to move a binding to another collection.¶
This document uses XML DTD fragments ([XML]) as a purely notational convention. WebDAV request and response bodies cannot be validated due to the specific extensibility rules defined in section 23 of [RFC2518] and due to the fact that all XML elements defined by this specification use the XML namespace name "DAV:". In particular: ¶
URI Mapping ¶
Path Segment ¶
Internal Member URI ¶
In [RFC2518], the state of a collection is defined as containing a list of internal member URIs. If there are multiple mappings to a collection, then the state of the collection is different when you refer to it via a different URI. This is undesirable, since ideally a collection's membership should remain the same, independent of which URI was used to reference it.¶
The notion of binding is introduced to separate the final segment of a URI from its parent collection's contribution. This done, a collection can be defined as containing a set of bindings, thus permitting new mappings to a collection without modifying its membership. The authors of this specification anticipate and recommend that future revisions of [RFC2518] will update the definition of the state of a collection to correspond to the definition in this document.¶
A "precondition" of a method describes the state on the server that must be true for that method to be performed. A "postcondition" of a method describes the state on the server that must be true after that method has completed. If a method precondition or postcondition for a request is not satisfied, the response status of the request MUST be either 403 (Forbidden) if the request should not be repeated because it will always fail, or 409 (Conflict) if it is expected that the user might be able to resolve the conflict and resubmit the request.¶
In order to allow better client handling of 403 and 409 responses, a distinct XML element type is associated with each method precondition and postcondition of a request. When a particular precondition is not satisfied or a particular postcondition cannot be achieved, the appropriate XML element MUST be returned as the child of a top-level DAV:error element in the response body, unless otherwise negotiated by the request. In a 207 Multi-Status response, the DAV:error element would appear in the appropriate DAV:responsedescription element.¶
Bindings are part of the state of a collection. They define the internal members of the collection, and the names of those internal members.¶
Bindings are added and removed by a variety of existing HTTP methods. A method that creates a new resource, such as PUT, COPY, and MKCOL, adds a binding. A method that deletes a resource, such as DELETE, removes a binding. A method that moves a resource (e.g. MOVE) both adds a binding (in the destination collection) and removes a binding (in the source collection). The BIND method introduced here provides a mechanism for adding a second binding to an existing resource. There is no difference between an initial binding added by PUT, COPY, or MKCOL, and additional bindings added with BIND.¶
|I 2_allow_destroy (type: change, status: closed)|
The language here would preclude the future
definition of a DESTROY method which had the semantics of removing the state
of a resource from a server, irregardless of any containment relationships
that may hold it. Such a method could be quite useful for records management
functionality, in order to implement a records disposition policy that
specified deletion at a certain time. My recommended tweak to the language
of section 2 is minor: add the following sentence to the end of the
"It is permissible, however, for future method definitions (e.g., a DESTROY method) to have semantics that remove all bindings and/or immediately reclaim system resources."
|2004-11-30||Resolution: Agreed to add statement about methods that explicitly have that semantics.|
|Associated changes in this document: 2.|
It would be very undesirable if one binding could be destroyed as a side effect of operating on the resource through a different binding. In particular, the removal of one binding to a resource (e.g. with a DELETE or a MOVE) MUST NOT disrupt another binding to that resource, e.g. by turning that binding into a dangling path segment. The server MUST NOT reclaim system resources after removing one binding, while other bindings to the resource remain. In other words, the server MUST maintain the integrity of a binding. ¶
|I 2.1_separate_loop_discussion (type: edit, status: closed)|
|firstname.lastname@example.org||2004-11-29||I think it would be more clear to separate out the discussion of loops and bindings, and make it a separate section (say, 2.2) This issue comes up frequently enough that it would be good to make it easy to find this issue in the TOC. Also, a mention of the Already Reported status code would be good to have here, since it also mentions 506.|
|2004-11-30||Resolution: Agreed to move 1st paragraph into separate subsection.|
|Associated changes in this document: 2.1, 2.1.|
Bindings to collections can result in loops, which servers MUST detect when processing "Depth: infinity" requests. It is sometimes possible to complete an operation in spite of the presence of a loop. However, the 506 (Loop Detected) status code is defined in Section 7 for use in contexts where an operation is terminated because a loop was encountered.
Creating a new binding to a collection makes each resource associated with a binding in that collection accessible via a new URI, and thus creates new URI mappings to those resources but no new bindings.¶
For example, suppose a new binding CollY is created for collection C1 in the figure below. It immediately becomes possible to access resource R1 using the URI /CollY/x.gif and to access resource R2 using the URI /CollY/y.jpg, but no new bindings for these child resources were created. This is because bindings are part of the state of a collection, and associate a URI that is relative to that collection with its target resource. No change to the bindings in Collection C1 is needed to make its children accessible using /CollY/x.gif and /CollY/y.jpg.¶
+-------------------------+ | Root Collection | | bindings: | | CollX CollY | +-------------------------+ | / | / | / +------------------+ | Collection C1 | | bindings: | | x.gif y.jpg | +------------------+ | \ | \ | \ +-------------+ +-------------+ | Resource R1 | | Resource R2 | +-------------+ +-------------+
|I 2.1.1_bind_loops_vs_locks (type: change, status: closed)|
|email@example.com||2004-12-03||...The other is the semantics of the lock operation in the presence of loopback bindings. I think the handling of If headers is relatively straightforward. The semantics of locking are not....|
|2004-12-09||Resolution: After some discussion, the working group agreed that we don't want to define special semantics for depth:infinity locks, thus the standard lock sematics apply (see http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/w3c-dist-auth/2004OctDec/0271.html).|
Suppose a binding from "Binding-Name" to resource R is to be added to a collection, C. Then if C-MAP is the set of URIs that were mapped to C before the BIND request, then for each URI "C-URI" in C-MAP, the URI "C-URI/Binding-Name" is mapped to resource R following the BIND request.¶
For example, if a binding from "foo.html" to R is added to a collection C, and if the following URIs are mapped to C:
then the following new mappings to R are introduced:
Note that if R is a collection, additional URI mappings are created to the descendents of R. Also, note that if a binding is made in collection C to C itself (or to a parent of C), an infinite number of mappings are introduced.¶
For example, if a binding from "myself" to C is then added to C, the following infinite number of additional mappings to C are introduced:
http://www.example.com/A/1/myself http://www.example.com/A/1/myself/myself ...
and the following infinite number of additional mappings to R are introduced:
http://www.example.com/A/1/myself/foo.html http://www.example.com/A/1/myself/myself/foo.html ...
|I 2.3_copy_depth_infinity (type: change, status: closed)|
This section doesn't clearly address the semantics of COPY
with Depth infinity. My recommendation is to add, after paragraph 3, text
"As specified in [RFC2518], a COPY with Depth infinity causes the collection resource to be duplicated, all of its bound children to be duplicated, and their children's bound children, and so on, to the bottom of the containment hierarchy. All of the segments of the bindings of the destination collection are the same as for the destination collection. However, the destination resource for all bindings in the destination collection are different from those of the source collection, since all resources have been duplicated, creating new resources with distinct DAV:resource-id properties."
|2004-12-02||Resolution: Example added.|
|Associated changes in this document: 2.3.|
As defined in Section 8.8 of [RFC2518], COPY causes the resource identified by the Request-URI to be duplicated, and makes the new resource accessible using the URI specified in the Destination header. Upon successful completion of a COPY, a new binding is created between the last path segment of the Destination header, and the destination resource. The new binding is added to its parent collection, identified by the Destination header minus its final segment.¶
The following figure shows an example: Suppose that a COPY is issued to URI-3 for resource R (which is also mapped to URI-1 and URI-2), with the Destination header set to URI-X. After successful completion of the COPY operation, resource R is duplicated to create resource R', and a new binding has been created which creates at least the URI mapping between URI-X and the new resource (although other URI mappings may also have been created).
URI-1 URI-2 URI-3 URI-X | | | | | | | <---- URI Mappings ----> | | | | | +---------------------+ +------------------------+ | Resource R | | Resource R' | +---------------------+ +------------------------+
It might be thought that a COPY request with "Depth: 0" on a collection would duplicate its bindings, since bindings are part of the collection's state. This is not the case, however. The definition of Depth in [RFC2518] makes it clear that a "Depth: 0" request does not apply to a collection's members. Consequently, a COPY with "Depth: 0" does not duplicate the bindings contained by the collection.¶
If a COPY request causes an existing resource to be updated, the bindings to that resource MUST be unaffected by the COPY request. Using the preceding example, suppose that a COPY request is issued to URI-X for resource R', with the Destination header set to URI-2. The content and dead properties of resource R would be updated to be a copy of those of resource R', but the mappings from URI-1, URI-2, and URI-3 to resource R remain unaffected. If because of multiple bindings to a resource, more than one source resource updates a single destination resource, the order of the updates is server defined.¶
|I 2.3_copy_vs_loops (type: change, status: closed)|
|firstname.lastname@example.org||2004-11-29||There should also be some text addressing COPY depth infinity and loops -- in some instances during a COPY with Depth infinity, the server really wants to recreate the binding that causes the loop, rather than continuing to make duplicate resources. This is somewhat addressed by the final paragraph in Section 2.3, but not exactly.|
|2004-12-02||Resolution: Can be closed after copy/depth:infinity example was added (see http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/w3c-dist-auth/2004OctDec/0181.html).|
If a COPY request would cause a new resource to be created as a copy of an existing resource, and that COPY request has already created a copy of that existing resource, the COPY request instead creates another binding to the previous copy, instead of creating a new resource.¶
|I 2.3_copy_example (type: change, status: closed)|
|email@example.com||2004-11-29||It might make sense to create an example covering the situation described in the final paragraph of Section 2.3. I'm not 100% sure I know what scenario this paragraph addresses, other reading the spec. for the first time would presumably have a tougher time.|
|2004-12-02||Resolution: Example added.|
When there are multiple bindings to a resource, a DELETE applied to that resource MUST NOT remove any bindings to that resource other than the one identified by the Request-URI. For example, suppose the collection identified by the URI "/a" has a binding named "x" to a resource R, and another collection identified by "/b" has a binding named "y" to the same resource R. Then a DELETE applied to "/a/x" removes the binding named "x" from "/a" but MUST NOT remove the binding named "y" from "/b" (i.e. after the DELETE, "/y/b" continues to identify the resource R). In particular, although Section 8.6.1 of [RFC2518] states that during DELETE processing, a server "MUST remove any URI for the resource identified by the Request-URI from collections which contain it as a member", a server that supports the binding protocol MUST NOT follow this requirement.¶
When DELETE is applied to a collection, it MUST NOT modify the membership of any other collection that is not itself a member of the collection being deleted. For example, if both "/a/.../x" and "/b/.../y" identify the same collection, C, then applying DELETE to "/a" ↓
MUST NOT delete an internal member from C or from any other collection that is a member of C, because that would modify the membership of "/b".¶
If a collection supports the UNBIND method (see Section 5), a DELETE of an internal member of a collection MAY be implemented as an UNBIND request. In this case, applying DELETE to a Request-URI has the effect of removing the binding identified by the final segment of the Request-URI from the collection identified by the Request-URI minus its final segment. Although [RFC2518] allows a DELETE to be a non-atomic operation, when the DELETE operation is implemented as an UNBIND, the operation is atomic. In particular, a DELETE on a hierarchy of resources is simply the removal of a binding to the collection identified by the Request-URI.¶
When MOVE is applied to a resource, the other bindings to that resource MUST be unaffected, and if the resource being moved is a collection, the bindings to any members of that collection MUST be unaffected. Also, if MOVE is used with Overwrite:T to delete an existing resource, the constraints specified for DELETE apply.¶
If the destination collection of a MOVE request supports the REBIND method (see Section 6), a MOVE of a resource into that collection MAY be implemented as a REBIND request. Although [RFC2518] allows a MOVE to be a non-atomic operation, when the MOVE operation is implemented as a REBIND, the operation is atomic. In particular, applying a MOVE to a Request-URI and a Destination URI has the effect of removing a binding to a resource (at the Request-URI), and creating a new binding to that resource (at the Destination URI). Even when the Request-URI identifies a collection, the MOVE operation involves only removing one binding to that collection and adding another.¶
As an example, suppose that a MOVE is issued to URI-3 for resource R below (which is also mapped to URI-1 and URI-2), with the Destination header set to URI-X. After successful completion of the MOVE operation, a new binding has been created which creates the URI mapping between URI-X and resource R. The binding corresponding to the final segment of URI-3 has been removed, which also causes the URI mapping between URI-3 and R to be removed. If resource R were a collection, old URI-3 based mappings to members of R would have been removed, and new URI-X based mappings to members of R would have been created.¶
>> Before Request:
URI-1 URI-2 URI-3 | | | | | | <---- URI Mappings | | | +---------------------+ | Resource R | +---------------------+
>> After Request:
URI-1 URI-2 URI-X | | | | | | <---- URI Mappings | | | +---------------------+ | Resource R | +---------------------+
It is useful to have some way of determining whether two bindings are to the same resource. Two resources might have identical contents and properties, but not be the same resource (e.g. an update to one resource does not affect the other resource).¶
The REQUIRED DAV:resource-id property defined in Section 3.1 is a resource identifier, which MUST be unique across all resources for all time. If the values of DAV:resource-id returned by PROPFIND requests through two bindings are identical character by character, the client can be assured that the two bindings are to the same resource.¶
The DAV:resource-id property is created, and its value assigned, when the resource is created. The value of DAV:resource-id MUST NOT be changed. Even after the resource is no longer accessible through any URI, that value MUST NOT be reassigned to another resource's DAV:resource-id property.¶
|I 2.6_resource-id_vs_versions (type: change, status: closed)|
|firstname.lastname@example.org||2004-11-29||There needs to be some discussion on the interactions of DAV:resource-id and versioning. As near as I can tell, the intent is that every revision will have a unique DAV:resource-id value.|
|2004-12-01||Resolution: Mention in an example.|
|Associated changes in this document: 2.6, 13.2.|
Any method that creates a new resource MUST assign a new, unique value to its DAV:resource-id property. ↓
For example, a PUT or a COPY that creates a new resource must assign a new, unique value to the DAV:resource-id property of that new resource. ¶
|I 2.6_when_do_ids_change (type: change, status: open)|
|email@example.com||2004-11-29||Change "must not" to "MUST NOT" (and eliminate the "For example" at the start of the sentence -- perhaps change to "Specifically,"|
|firstname.lastname@example.org||2004-11-30||Fix language, replace MOVE by REBIND (because MOVE may be implemented as COPY/DELETE). Unclear whether we need more changes.|
|Associated changes in this document: 2.6, 2.6, 2.6.|
On the other hand, any method that affects an existing resource ↓
MUST NOT change the value of its DAV:resource-id property. ↑↓ For example, a PUT or a COPY that updates an existing resource must not change the value of its DAV:resource-id property. A ↑ MOVE, since it does not create a new resource, but only changes the location of an existing resource, must not change the value of the DAV:resource-id property.¶
An OPTIONAL DAV:parent-set property on a resource provides a list of the bindings that associate a collection and a URI segment with that resource. If the DAV:parent-set property exists on a given resource, it MUST contain a complete list of all bindings to that resource that the client is authorized to see. When deciding whether to support the DAV:parent-set property, server implementers / administrators should balance the benefits it provides against the cost of maintaining the property and the security risks enumerated in Sections ↑↓
8.4 and 8.5.¶
The bind feature introduces the following properties for a resource.¶
A DAV:allprop PROPFIND request SHOULD NOT return any of the properties defined by this document. This allows a binding server to perform efficiently when a naive client, which does not understand the cost of asking a server to compute all possible live properties, issues a DAV:allprop PROPFIND request.¶
The DAV:resource-id property is a REQUIRED property that enables clients to determine whether two bindings are to the same resource. The value of DAV:resource-id is a URI, and may use any registered URI scheme that guarantees the uniqueness of the value across all resources for all time (e.g. the opaquelocktoken: scheme defined in [RFC2518]).¶
<!ELEMENT resource-id (href)>
|I 3.2_example (type: change, status: closed)|
|email@example.com||2004-11-29||I think it would be helpful to have an example of this property. I'd be happy to help develop such an example.|
|2004-11-30||Resolution: Example added, including diagram.|
|Associated changes in this document: 3.2, 3.2.|
The DAV:parent-set property is an OPTIONAL property that enables clients to discover what collections contain a binding to this resource (i.e. what collections have that resource as an internal member). It contains an of href/segment pair for each collection that has a binding to the resource. The href identifies the collection, and the segment identifies the binding name of that resource in that collection.¶
A given collection MUST appear only once in the DAV:parent-set for any given binding, even if there are multiple URI mappings to that collection.↓
For example, if collection C1 is mapped to both /CollX and /CollY, and C1 contains a binding named "x.gif" to a resource R1, then either [/CollX, x.gif] or [/CollY, x.gif] can appear in the DAV:parent-set of R1, but not both. But if C1 also had a binding named "y.gif" to R1, then there would be two entries for C1 in the DAV:binding-set of R1 (i.e. ↑↓ ¶ either both [/CollX, x.gif] and [/CollX, y.gif] or↑↓ alternatively, both [/CollY, x.gif] and [/CollY, y.gif]).
<!ELEMENT parent-set (parent)*> <!ELEMENT parent (href, segment)> <!ELEMENT segment (#PCDATA)> <!-- PCDATA value: segment, as defined in section 3.3 of [draft-fielding-rfc2396bis] -->
|I atomicity (type: change, status: closed)|
|firstname.lastname@example.org||2004-11-29||The intent of the BIND method is for its behavior to be atomic. However, this is never actually stated explicitly in the specification. Seems like it should be.|
|2004-11-30||Resolution: Agreed. Steal text from RFC3253 (applies to all method definitions).|
|Associated changes in this document: 4, 5, 6.|
The BIND method modifies the collection identified by the Request-URI, by adding a new binding from the segment specified in the BIND body to the resource identified in the BIND body.¶
If a server cannot guarantee the integrity of the binding, the BIND request MUST fail. Note that it is especially difficult to maintain the integrity of cross-server bindings. Unless the server where the resource resides knows about all bindings on all servers to that resource, it may unwittingly destroy the resource or make it inaccessible without notifying another server that manages a binding to the resource. For example, if server A permits creation of a binding to a resource on server B, server A must notify server B about its binding and must have an agreement with B that B will not destroy the resource while A's binding exists. Otherwise server B may receive a DELETE request that it thinks removes the last binding to the resource and destroy the resource while A's binding still exists. The precondition DAV:cross-server-binding is defined below for cases where servers fail cross-server BIND requests because they cannot guarantee the integrity of cross-server bindings.¶
By default, if there already is a binding for the specified segment in the collection, the new binding replaces the existing binding. This default binding replacement behavior can be overridden using the Overwrite header defined in Section 9.6 of [RFC2518].¶
<!ELEMENT bind (segment, href)>
<!ELEMENT bind-response ANY>
BIND /CollY HTTP/1.1 Host: www.example.com Content-Type: text/xml; charset="utf-8" Content-Length: xxx <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" ?> <D:bind xmlns:D="DAV:"> <D:segment>bar.html</D:segment> <D:href>http://www.example.com/CollX/foo.html</D:href> </D:bind>
HTTP/1.1 201 Created
The UNBIND method modifies the collection identified by the Request-URI, by removing the binding identified by the segment specified in the UNBIND body.¶
Once a resource is unreachable by any URI mapping, the server MAY reclaim system resources associated with that resource. If UNBIND removes a binding to a resource, but there remain URI mappings to that resource, the server MUST NOT reclaim system resources associated with the resource.¶
<!ELEMENT unbind (segment)>
<!ELEMENT unbind-response ANY>
UNBIND /CollX HTTP/1.1 Host: www.example.com Content-Type: text/xml; charset="utf-8" Content-Length: xxx <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" ?> <D:unbind xmlns:D="DAV:"> <D:segment>foo.html</D:segment> </D:unbind>
HTTP/1.1 200 OK
The server removed the binding named "foo.html" from the collection, "http://www.example.com/CollX". A request to the resource named "http://www.example.com/CollX/foo.html" will return a 404 (Not Found) response.¶
|I 6_rebind_intro (type: edit, status: closed)|
|email@example.com||2004-11-12||I'm reading through the BIND specification, and the description of the REBIND method's operands is a bit unclear to me. I'm assuming the intent is similar to BIND and UNBIND, each of which clearly state in the first sentence what role the Request-URI, segment, and href fields play. In my reading I just jumped right into the spec. at this method (typical reference reading pattern), and hence I didn't initially see the similarity with the BIND and UNBIND method operands.|
|2004-12-02||Resolution: Agreed and fixed (fixed again after it was broken in -08).|
|Associated changes in this document: 6, 6, 6, 6.|
|I 6_rebind_premissions (type: edit, status: closed)|
I agree with Lisa that the access control implications of REBIND should be made
My suggestion is to add the following language to Section 6.
"It is effectively an atomic form of a MOVE request."
"It is effectively an atomic form of a MOVE request, and MUST be treated as a MOVE for the purpose of determining access permissions (see RFC 3744, Appendix B)."
|2004-12-03||Resolution: Make that statement, but avoid the unnecessary normative reference to RFC3744.|
|Associated changes in this document: 6.|
The REBIND method removes a binding to a resource from ↓
the collection identified by the Request-URI, and adds a binding to that resource into ↑↓ another collection. The request body specifies the binding to be ↑↓ removed (segment) and the ↑ new binding to be created (href). It is effectively an atomic form of a MOVE request .¶
<!ELEMENT rebind (segment, href)>
<!ELEMENT rebind-response ANY>
REBIND /CollX HTTP/1.1 Host: www.example.com Content-Type: text/xml; charset="utf-8" Content-Length: xxx <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" ?> <D:rebind xmlns:D="DAV:"> <D:segment>foo.html</D:segment> <D:href>http://www.example.com/CollY/bar.html</D:href> </D:rebind>
HTTP/1.1 200 OK
The server added a new binding to the collection, "http://www.example.com/CollX", associating "foo.html" with the resource identified by the URI "http://www.example.com/CollY/bar.html", and removes the binding named "bar.html" from the collection identified by the URI "http://www.example.com/CollY". Clients can now use the URI "http://www.example.com/CollX/foo.html" to submit requests to that resource, and requests on the URI "http://www.example.com/CollY/bar.html" will fail with a 404 (Not Found) response.¶
The 208 (Already Reported) status code can be used inside a DAV:propstat response element to avoid enumerating the internal members of multiple bindings to the same collection repeatedly. For each binding to a collection inside the request's scope, only one will be reported with a 200 status, while subsequent DAV:response elements for all other bindings will use the 208 status, and no DAV:response elements for their descendants are included.¶
A client can request the DAV:resourceid property in a PROPFIND request to guarantee that they can accurately reconstruct the binding structure of a collection with multiple bindings to a single resource.¶
For backward compatibility with clients not aware of the 208 status code appearing in multistatus response bodies, it SHOULD NOT be used unless the client has signalled support for this specification using the "DAV" request header (see Section 8.2). Instead, a 506 status should be returned when a binding loop is discovered. This allows the server to return the 506 as the top level return status, if it discovers it before it started the response, or in the middle of a multistatus, if it discovers it in the middle of streaming out a multistatus response.¶
For example, consider a PROPFIND request on /Coll (bound to collection C), where the members of /Coll are /Coll/Foo (bound to resource R) and /Coll/Bar (bound to collection C).¶
PROPFIND /Coll/ HTTP/1.1 Host: www.example.com Depth: infinity DAV: bind Content-Type: text/xml; charset="utf-8" Content-Length: xxx <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" ?> <D:propfind xmlns:D="DAV:"> <D:prop> <D:displayname/> <D:resource-id/> </D:prop> </D:propfind>
HTTP/1.1 207 Multi-Status Content-Type: text/xml; charset="utf-8" Content-Length: xxx <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" ?> <D:multistatus xmlns:D="DAV:"> <D:response> <D:href>http://www.example.com/Coll/</D:href> <D:propstat> <D:prop> <D:displayname>Loop Demo</D:displayname> <D:resource-id> <D:href >opaquelocktoken:f81d4fae-7dec-11d0-a765-00a0c91e6bf8</D:href> </D:resource-id> </D:prop> <D:status>HTTP/1.1 200 OK</D:status> </D:propstat> </D:response> <D:response> <D:href>http://www.example.com/Coll/Foo</D:href> <D:propstat> <D:prop> <D:displayname>Bird Inventory</D:displayname> <D:resource-id> <D:href >opaquelocktoken:f81d4fae-7dec-11d0-a765-00a0c91e6bf9</D:href> </D:resource-id> </D:prop> <D:status>HTTP/1.1 200 OK</D:status> </D:propstat> </D:response> <D:response> <D:href>http://www.example.com/Coll/Bar</D:href> <D:propstat> <D:prop> <D:displayname>Loop Demo</D:displayname> <D:resource-id> <D:href >opaquelocktoken:f81d4fae-7dec-11d0-a765-00a0c91e6bf8</D:href> </D:resource-id> </D:prop> <D:status>HTTP/1.1 208 Already Reported</D:status> </D:propstat> </D:response> </D:multistatus>
In this example, the client isn't aware of the 208 status code introduced by this specification. As the "Depth: infinity" PROPFIND request would cause a loop condition, the whole request is rejected with a 506 status.¶
PROPFIND /Coll/ HTTP/1.1 Host: www.example.com Depth: infinity Content-Type: text/xml; charset="utf-8" Content-Length: xxx <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" ?> <D:propfind xmlns:D="DAV:"> <D:prop> <D:displayname/> </D:prop> </D:propfind>
HTTP/1.1 506 Loop Detected
The 506 (Loop Detected) status code indicates that the server terminated an operation because it encountered an infinite loop while processing a request with "Depth: infinity". This status indicates that the entire operation failed.¶
If the server supports bindings, it MUST return the compliance class name "bind" as a field in the "DAV" response header (see [RFC2518], section 9.1) from an OPTIONS request on any resource implemented by that server. A value of "bind" in the "DAV" header MUST indicate that the server supports all MUST level requirements and REQUIRED features specified in this document.¶
This specification introduces the 'DAV' request header that allows clients to signal compliance to specific WebDAV features. It has the same syntax as the response header defined in [RFC2518], section 9.1, but MAY be used with any method.¶
Note that clients MUST NOT submit a specific compliance class name in the request header unless the specification defining this compliance class specifically defines its semantics for clients.¶
This section is provided to make WebDAV implementors aware of the security implications of this protocol.¶
All of the security considerations of HTTP/1.1 and the WebDAV Distributed Authoring Protocol specification also apply to this protocol specification. In addition, bindings introduce several new security concerns and increase the risk of some existing threats. These issues are detailed below.¶
In a context where cross-server bindings are supported, creating bindings on a trusted server may make it possible for a hostile agent to induce users to send private information to a target on a different server.¶
Although bind loops were already possible in HTTP 1.1, the introduction of the BIND method creates a new avenue for clients to create loops accidentally or maliciously. If the binding and its target are on the same server, the server may be able to detect BIND requests that would create loops. Servers are required to detect loops that are caused by bindings to collections during the processing of any requests with "Depth: infinity".¶
Denial of service attacks were already possible by posting URIs that were intended for limited use at heavily used Web sites. The introduction of BIND creates a new avenue for similar denial of service attacks. If cross-server bindings are supported, clients can now create bindings at heavily used sites to target locations that were not designed for heavy usage.¶
If the DAV:parent-set property is maintained on a resource, the owners of the bindings risk revealing private locations. The directory structures where bindings are located are available to anyone who has access to the DAV:parent-set property on the resource. Moving a binding may reveal its new location to anyone with access to DAV:parent-set on its resource.¶
If the server maintains the DAV:parent-set property in response to bindings created in other administrative domains, it is exposed to hostile attempts to make it devote resources to adding bindings to the list.¶
This document is the collaborative product of the authors and Tyson Chihaya, Jim Davis, Chuck Fay and Judith Slein. This draft has benefited from thoughtful discussion by Jim Amsden, Peter Carlson, Steve Carter, Ken Coar, Ellis Cohen, Dan Connolly, Bruce Cragun, Spencer Dawkins, Mark Day, Rajiv Dulepet, David Durand, Lisa Dusseault, Stefan Eissing, Roy Fielding, Yaron Goland, Joe Hildebrand, Fred Hitt, Alex Hopmann, James Hunt, Marcus Jager, Chris Kaler, Manoj Kasichainula, Rohit Khare, Brian Korver, Daniel LaLiberte, Steve Martin, Larry Masinter, Jeff McAffer, Surendra Koduru Reddy, Max Rible, Sam Ruby, Bradley Sergeant, Nick Shelness, John Stracke, John Tigue, John Turner, Kevin Wiggen, and other members of the WebDAV working group.¶
Add and resolve issues "2.3_COPY_SHARED_BINDINGS" and "2.3_MULTIPLE_COPY". Add issue "5.1_LOOP_STATUS" and proposed resolution, but keep it open. Add issues "ED_references" and "4_507_status". Started work on index. Rename document to "Binding Extensions to Web Distributed Authoring and Versioning (WebDAV)". Rename "References" to "Normative References". Close issue "ED_references". Close issue "4_507_status".¶
Add and close issues "9.2_redirect_loops", "ED_authors" and "ED_updates". Add section about capability discovery (DAV header). Close issues "5.1_LOOP_STATUS". Add and resolve new issue "5.1_506_STATUS_STREAMING". Update XML spec reference. Add issue "locking" and resolve as invalid.¶
Add and close issues "6_precondition_binding_allowed" and "6_lock_behaviour". Add mailing list and issues list pointers to front.¶
Editorial fixes. Add and resolve issues "1.3_error_negotiation", "2.5_language" and "7.1.1_add_resource_id". Add historical issue "4_LOCK_BEHAVIOR" and it's resolution for better tracking.¶
Rewrite Editorial Note. Open and resolve issues "2.6_identical", "specify_safeness_and_idempotence" and "ED_rfc2026_ref".¶
Add more index items (no change tracking). Add and resolve issues "2.3_copy_to_same", "bind_properties", "bind_vs_ACL", "6_rebind_intro" and "rfc2396bis" (actually an action item). Fix XML DTD fragment in section 3.3. Make spelling of "Request-URI" consistent.¶
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