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RFC 6455, "The WebSocket Protocol", December 2011

Source of RFC: hybi (app)
See Also: RFC 6455 w/ inline errata

Errata ID: 3150
Status: Verified
Type: Technical
Publication Format(s) : TEXT

Reported By: Robert Munyer
Date Reported: 2012-03-07
Verifier Name: Peter Saint-Andre
Date Verified: 2012-03-22

Section 4.1 says:

AQIDBAUGBwgJCgsMDQ4PEC==

It should say:

AQIDBAUGBwgJCgsMDQ4PEA==

Notes:

The "test vector" for Sec-WebSocket-Key encoding, provided in RFC 6455 section 4.1, is wrong. It was processed by a base 64 encoder that was "improperly implemented" as mentioned in RFC 4648 section 3.5. Pad bits were not set to zero, which is a "MUST" requirement in RFC 4648, and was also required by many other RFCs, going back to RFC 989 in the 1980s. In the string "AQIDBAUGBwgJCgsMDQ4PEC==", the final C should be changed to A.

In a Sec-WebSocket-Key header sent by a properly implemented client, the last letter will always be A, Q, g or w.

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