HttpWebRequest bug on 304-cached when 200-ok had missing "Date" response header - by snemarch

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ID 626833 Comments
Status Closed Workarounds
Type Bug Repros 1
Opened 12/2/2010 1:13:46 AM
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This is a sneaky issue which requires several parts to trigger:
1) HTTP server that doesn't include a HTTP "Date:" response header.
2) manual construction of HTTP Authorization request header.
3) use of HttpRequestCachePolicy.

If HTTP server is fixed to include a Date, OR request.Credentials is used for authentication, OR request.CachePolicy isn't specified, the bug doesn't trigger. I'm doing manual HTTP Basic Auth to avoid the initial unnecessary 401-Unauthorized server roundtrip.

The bug triggers on the second HttpWebRequest to the server, which gives a 304 Not Modified response - and causes HttpWebRequest to throw an exception istead of serving cached content.

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Posted by snemarch on 1/25/2011 at 3:16 PM
It's an obscure bug, but resolved as "by design"? :-o
Posted by snemarch on 12/11/2010 at 6:00 AM
Yes, but that doesn't get rid of the initial 401 roundtrip - and because of another HttpWebRequest bug (, I have to do the manual Authorization header construction.
Posted by Chris [MSFT] on 12/3/2010 at 2:55 PM
Have you instead considered using the PreAuthenticate option to avoid extra 401 round trips?
Posted by Microsoft on 12/2/2010 at 10:28 PM
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Posted by Microsoft on 12/2/2010 at 1:21 AM
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