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org.springframework.beans.propertyeditors.URIEditor does double escaping for % signes for URIs that contain a schema [SPR-6005] #10673

spring-projects-issues opened this issue Aug 13, 2009 · 2 comments
in: core Issues in core modules (aop, beans, core, context, expression) type: bug A general bug


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spring-projects-issues commented Aug 13, 2009

Andreas Hartl opened SPR-6005 and commented

org.springframework.beans.propertyeditors.URIEditor does a double escaping of URLs with a schema that use % escaping.


System.out.println(new SimpleTypeConverter().convertIfNecessary("", URI.class));


I ran into this behavior when I wanted to make use of URIEditor's feature that it can resolve classpath: URLs. If the classpath contains spaces or other characters that need to be escaped in URLs, then the resulting URI contains double escaped % signs.

My current workaround is to extend URIEditor and override createURI to always return new URI(value). when registered as custom editor for URIs, this PropertyEditor returns the proper URI.

Affects: 3.0 M3


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spring-projects-issues commented Oct 5, 2009

Edison Figueroa commented

Currently the URIEditor relies on the, specifically using the following constructor for URI prefixed with a schema:

URI(String scheme, String ssp, String fragment)

From the Java API:

This constructor first builds a URI in string form using the given components as follows: 

   1. Initially, the result string is empty.
   2. If a scheme is given then it is appended to the result, followed by a colon character (':').
   3. If a scheme-specific part is given then it is appended. *Any character that is not a legal URI character is quoted*.
   4. Finally, if a fragment is given then a hash character ('#') is appended to the string, followed by the fragment. Any character that is not a legal URI character is quoted.

By using this constructor the URIEditor assumes that the provided URI might contain illegal URI characters, and always applies URI character encoding.

Alternatively, the editor could accommodate for already encoded URIs. This could be accomplished by initially searching for escaped characters in the source URI, and if present then simply call the static create(String str) method.

I've attached a patch to the URIEditor and URIEditorTests

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spring-projects-issues commented Nov 8, 2009

Arjen Poutsma commented

Detecting whether a given URI is encoded or not is a tricky path. Basically, there is no way to know whether a % followed by two hexadecimals signifies an escape sequence, or is just a % with two characters behind it.

For instance, the String could either mean bar, or; there is no way to tell.

So rather than detecting encoding, I'm going to add a boolean property to the URLEditor that indicates whether the editor should encode the given string or not.

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