Bug #14972

Updated by joshc (Josh C) about 2 years ago

If chunked transfer encoding is used, and the peer closes the connection while the caller is reading data, then the `Net::HTTP::Response#read_body` method will raise `EOFError`. If chunked transfer encoding is not used (and an explicit `Content-Length` is used instead), the `read_body` method swallows the `EOFError` exception. I would expect `read_body` to raise EOFError if it reads fewer than `Content-Length` bytes. 

 The current behavior is explained by the `ignore_eof` parameter in However, RFC 7230 section 3.3.3 says: 

    5.    If a valid Content-Length header field is present without 
        Transfer-Encoding, its decimal value defines the expected message 
        body length in octets.    If the sender closes the connection or 
        the recipient times out before the indicated number of octets are 
        received, the recipient MUST consider the message to be 
        incomplete and close the connection. 

 As it is now, if chunked encoding is not used, then the caller is unaware when the response body is truncated. In order to detect it, the caller must count the number of bytes read until `Content-Length` is reached. However, that means you can't use ruby's automatic decompression, because `Content-Length` is the number of compressed bytes, while `read_body` yields chunks of uncompressed data. 

 Here's sample code to reproduce. Run the following http server. Note chunked is currently false, true, but can be toggled. 

 require 'webrick' 

 server = :Port => 8000 
 trap 'INT' do 

 # toggle this 
 chunked = false 

 server.mount_proc '/' do |req, res| 
   res.status = 200 
   res['Content-Type'] = 'text/plain' 

   str = "0123456789" * 10000 
   res.body = str 
   if chunked 
     res.chunked = true 
     res['Content-Length'] = str.length 


 Run the following http client code. In order to simulate a closed connection, the block raises EOFError. 
 require 'net/http' 
 require 'uri' 

 uri = URI("http://localhost:8000/") 
 Net::HTTP.start(, uri.port) do |http| 
   http.request_get(uri.path) do |response| 
     response.read_body do |chunk| 
       puts "Read #{chunk.length} bytes" 
 puts "EOF was silently caught" 

 When chunked encoding is used, the exception is properly raised. I believe ruby is retrying the request because `GET` is idempotent: 

 $ ruby --version 
 ruby 2.4.3p205 (2017-12-14 revision 61247) [x86_64-darwin15] 
 $ ruby client.rb 
 Transfer-Encoding: chunked 
 Read 16377 bytes 
 Transfer-Encoding: chunked 
 Read 16377 bytes 
 client.rb:11:in `block (3 levels) in <main>': whoops (EOFError) 
	 from /usr/local/opt/rbenv/versions/2.4.3/lib/ruby/2.4.0/net/protocol.rb:429:in `call_block' 
	 from /usr/local/opt/rbenv/versions/2.4.3/lib/ruby/2.4.0/net/protocol.rb:420:in `<<' 
	 from /usr/local/opt/rbenv/versions/2.4.3/lib/ruby/2.4.0/net/protocol.rb:122:in `read' 
	 from /usr/local/opt/rbenv/versions/2.4.3/lib/ruby/2.4.0/net/http/response.rb:322:in `read_chunked' 
	 from /usr/local/opt/rbenv/versions/2.4.3/lib/ruby/2.4.0/net/http/response.rb:286:in `block in read_body_0' 
	 from /usr/local/opt/rbenv/versions/2.4.3/lib/ruby/2.4.0/net/http/response.rb:278:in `inflater' 
	 from /usr/local/opt/rbenv/versions/2.4.3/lib/ruby/2.4.0/net/http/response.rb:283:in `read_body_0' 
	 from /usr/local/opt/rbenv/versions/2.4.3/lib/ruby/2.4.0/net/http/response.rb:204:in `read_body' 
	 from client.rb:9:in `block (2 levels) in <main>' 
	 from /usr/local/opt/rbenv/versions/2.4.3/lib/ruby/2.4.0/net/http.rb:1455:in `block in transport_request' 
	 from /usr/local/opt/rbenv/versions/2.4.3/lib/ruby/2.4.0/net/http/response.rb:165:in `reading_body' 
	 from /usr/local/opt/rbenv/versions/2.4.3/lib/ruby/2.4.0/net/http.rb:1454:in `transport_request' 
	 from /usr/local/opt/rbenv/versions/2.4.3/lib/ruby/2.4.0/net/http.rb:1416:in `request' 
	 from /usr/local/opt/rbenv/versions/2.4.3/lib/ruby/2.4.0/net/http.rb:1317:in `request_get' 
	 from client.rb:6:in `block in <main>' 
	 from /usr/local/opt/rbenv/versions/2.4.3/lib/ruby/2.4.0/net/http.rb:877:in `start' 
	 from /usr/local/opt/rbenv/versions/2.4.3/lib/ruby/2.4.0/net/http.rb:608:in `start' 
	 from client.rb:5:in `<main>' 

 When chunked encoding is not used, the exception is not raised: 

 ruby client.rb 
 Content-Length: 100000 
 Read 0 bytes 
 EOF was silently caught 

 I verified the behavior exists as far back as ruby 1.9.3p551. It was introduced in