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Known Bugs

This is the document 'docs/KNOWN_BUGS' from the curl release archive.

These are problems known to exist at the time of this release. Feel free to
join in and help us correct one or more of these! Also be sure to check the
changelog of the current development status, as one or more of these problems
may have been fixed since this was written!
 
87. -J/--remote-header-name doesn't decode %-encoded file names. RFC6266
  details how it should be done. The can of worm is basically that we have no
  charset handling in curl and ascii >=128 is a challenge for us. Not to
  mention that decoding also means that we need to check for nastiness that is
  attempted, like "../" sequences and the like. Probably everything to the left
  of any embedded slashes should be cut off.
  http://curl.haxx.se/bug/view.cgi?id=1294
 
86. The disconnect commands (LOGOUT and QUIT) may not be sent by IMAP, POP3
  and SMTP if a failure occurs during the authentication phase of a
  connection.
 
85. Wrong STARTTRANSFER timer accounting for POST requests
  Timer works fine with GET requests, but while using POST the time for
  CURLINFO_STARTTRANSFER_TIME is wrong. While using POST
  CURLINFO_STARTTRANSFER_TIME minus CURLINFO_PRETRANSFER_TIME is near to zero
  every time.
  http://curl.haxx.se/bug/view.cgi?id=1213
 
84. CURLINFO_SSL_VERIFYRESULT is only implemented for the OpenSSL and NSS
  backends, so relying on this information in a generic app is flaky.
 
82. When building with the Windows Borland compiler, it fails because the
  "tlib" tool doesn't support hyphens (minus signs) in file names and we have
  such in the build.
  http://curl.haxx.se/bug/view.cgi?id=1222
 
81. When using -J (with -O), automatically resumed downloading together with
  "-C -" fails. Without -J the same command line works! This happens because
  the resume logic is worked out before the target file name (and thus its
  pre-transfer size) has been figured out!
  http://curl.haxx.se/bug/view.cgi?id=1169
 
80. Curl doesn't recognize certificates in DER format in keychain, but it
  works with PEM.
  http://curl.haxx.se/bug/view.cgi?id=1065
 
79. SMTP. When sending data to multiple recipients, curl will abort and return
  failure if one of the recipients indicate failure (on the "RCPT TO"
  command). Ordinary mail programs would proceed and still send to the ones
  that can receive data. This is subject for change in the future.
  http://curl.haxx.se/bug/view.cgi?id=1116
 
78. curl and libcurl don't always signal the client properly when "sending"
  zero bytes files - it makes for example the command line client not creating
  any file at all. Like when using FTP.
  http://curl.haxx.se/bug/view.cgi?id=1063
 
77. CURLOPT_FORBID_REUSE on a handle prevents NTLM from working since it
  "abuses" the underlying connection re-use system and if connections are
  forced to close they break the NTLM support.
 
76. The SOCKET type in Win64 is 64 bits large (and thus so is curl_socket_t on
  that platform), and long is only 32 bits. It makes it impossible for
  curl_easy_getinfo() to return a socket properly with the CURLINFO_LASTSOCKET
  option as for all other operating systems.
 
75. NTLM authentication involving unicode user name or password only works
  properly if built with UNICODE defined together with the WinSSL/schannel
  backend. The original problem was mentioned in:
  http://curl.haxx.se/mail/lib-2009-10/0024.html
  http://curl.haxx.se/bug/view.cgi?id=896
 
  The WinSSL/schannel version verified to work as mentioned in
  http://curl.haxx.se/mail/lib-2012-07/0073.html
 
73. if a connection is made to a FTP server but the server then just never
  sends the 220 response or otherwise is dead slow, libcurl will not
  acknowledge the connection timeout during that phase but only the "real"
  timeout - which may surprise users as it is probably considered to be the
  connect phase to most people. Brought up (and is being misunderstood) in:
  http://curl.haxx.se/bug/view.cgi?id=856
 
72. "Pausing pipeline problems."
  http://curl.haxx.se/mail/lib-2009-07/0214.html
 
70. Problem re-using easy handle after call to curl_multi_remove_handle
  http://curl.haxx.se/mail/lib-2009-07/0249.html
 
68. "More questions about ares behavior".
  http://curl.haxx.se/mail/lib-2009-08/0012.html
 
67. When creating multipart formposts. The file name part can be encoded with
  something beyond ascii but currently libcurl will only pass in the verbatim
  string the app provides. There are several browsers that already do this
  encoding. The key seems to be the updated draft to RFC2231:
  http://tools.ietf.org/html/draft-reschke-rfc2231-in-http-02
 
66. When using telnet, the time limitation options don't work.
  http://curl.haxx.se/bug/view.cgi?id=846
 
65. When doing FTP over a socks proxy or CONNECT through HTTP proxy and the
  multi interface is used, libcurl will fail if the (passive) TCP connection
  for the data transfer isn't more or less instant as the code does not
  properly wait for the connect to be confirmed. See test case 564 for a first
  shot at a test case.
 
63. When CURLOPT_CONNECT_ONLY is used, the handle cannot reliably be re-used
  for any further requests or transfers. The work-around is then to close that
  handle with curl_easy_cleanup() and create a new. Some more details:
  http://curl.haxx.se/mail/lib-2009-04/0300.html
 
61. If an upload using Expect: 100-continue receives an HTTP 417 response,
  it ought to be automatically resent without the Expect:.  A workaround is
  for the client application to redo the transfer after disabling Expect:.
  http://curl.haxx.se/mail/archive-2008-02/0043.html
 
60. libcurl closes the connection if an HTTP 401 reply is received while it
  is waiting for the the 100-continue response.
  http://curl.haxx.se/mail/lib-2008-08/0462.html
 
58. It seems sensible to be able to use CURLOPT_NOBODY and
  CURLOPT_FAILONERROR with FTP to detect if a file exists or not, but it is
  not working: http://curl.haxx.se/mail/lib-2008-07/0295.html
 
56. When libcurl sends CURLOPT_POSTQUOTE commands when connected to a SFTP
  server using the multi interface, the commands are not being sent correctly
  and instead the connection is "cancelled" (the operation is considered done)
  prematurely. There is a half-baked (busy-looping) patch provided in the bug
  report but it cannot be accepted as-is. See
  http://curl.haxx.se/bug/view.cgi?id=748
 
55. libcurl fails to build with MIT Kerberos for Windows (KfW) due to KfW's
  library header files exporting symbols/macros that should be kept private
  to the KfW library. See ticket #5601 at http://krbdev.mit.edu/rt/
 
52. Gautam Kachroo's issue that identifies a problem with the multi interface
  where a connection can be re-used without actually being properly
  SSL-negotiated:
  http://curl.haxx.se/mail/lib-2008-01/0277.html
 
49. If using --retry and the transfer timeouts (possibly due to using -m or
  -y/-Y) the next attempt doesn't resume the transfer properly from what was
  downloaded in the previous attempt but will truncate and restart at the
  original position where it was at before the previous failed attempt. See
  http://curl.haxx.se/mail/lib-2008-01/0080.html and Mandriva bug report
  https://qa.mandriva.com/show_bug.cgi?id=22565
 
48. If a CONNECT response-headers are larger than BUFSIZE (16KB) when the
  connection is meant to be kept alive (like for NTLM proxy auth), the
  function will return prematurely and will confuse the rest of the HTTP
  protocol code. This should be very rare.
 
43. There seems to be a problem when connecting to the Microsoft telnet server.
  http://curl.haxx.se/bug/view.cgi?id=649
 
41. When doing an operation over FTP that requires the ACCT command (but not
  when logging in), the operation will fail since libcurl doesn't detect this
  and thus fails to issue the correct command:
  http://curl.haxx.se/bug/view.cgi?id=635
 
39. Steffen Rumler's Race Condition in Curl_proxyCONNECT:
  http://curl.haxx.se/mail/lib-2007-01/0045.html
 
38. Kumar Swamy Bhatt's problem in ftp/ssl "LIST" operation:
  http://curl.haxx.se/mail/lib-2007-01/0103.html
 
35. Both SOCKS5 and SOCKS4 proxy connections are done blocking, which is very
  bad when used with the multi interface.
 
34. The SOCKS4 connection codes don't properly acknowledge (connect) timeouts.
  Also see #12. According to bug #1556528, even the SOCKS5 connect code does
  not do it right: http://curl.haxx.se/bug/view.cgi?id=604
 
31. "curl-config --libs" will include details set in LDFLAGS when configure is
  run that might be needed only for building libcurl. Further, curl-config
  --cflags suffers from the same effects with CFLAGS/CPPFLAGS.
 
26. NTLM authentication using SSPI (on Windows) when (lib)curl is running in
  "system context" will make it use wrong(?) user name - at least when compared
  to what winhttp does. See http://curl.haxx.se/bug/view.cgi?id=535
 
23. SOCKS-related problems:
  B) libcurl doesn't support FTPS over a SOCKS proxy.
  E) libcurl doesn't support active FTP over a SOCKS proxy
 
  We probably have even more bugs and lack of features when a SOCKS proxy is
  used.
 
21. FTP ASCII transfers do not follow RFC959. They don't convert the data
   accordingly (not for sending nor for receiving). RFC 959 section 3.1.1.1
   clearly describes how this should be done:
 
     The sender converts the data from an internal character representation to
     the standard 8-bit NVT-ASCII representation (see the Telnet
     specification).  The receiver will convert the data from the standard
     form to his own internal form.
 
   Since 7.15.4 at least line endings are converted.
 
16. FTP URLs passed to curl may contain NUL (0x00) in the RFC 1738 <user>,
  <password>, and <fpath> components, encoded as "%00".  The problem is that
  curl_unescape does not detect this, but instead returns a shortened C
  string.  From a strict FTP protocol standpoint, NUL is a valid character
  within RFC 959 <string>, so the way to handle this correctly in curl would
  be to use a data structure other than a plain C string, one that can handle
  embedded NUL characters.  From a practical standpoint, most FTP servers
  would not meaningfully support NUL characters within RFC 959 <string>,
  anyway (e.g., UNIX pathnames may not contain NUL).
 
14. Test case 165 might fail on a system which has libidn present, but with an
  old iconv version (2.1.3 is a known bad version), since it doesn't recognize
  the charset when named ISO8859-1. Changing the name to ISO-8859-1 makes the
  test pass, but instead makes it fail on Solaris hosts that use its native
  iconv.
 
13. curl version 7.12.2 fails on AIX if compiled with --enable-ares.
  The workaround is to combine --enable-ares with --disable-shared
 
12. When connecting to a SOCKS proxy, the (connect) timeout is not properly
  acknowledged after the actual TCP connect (during the SOCKS "negotiate"
  phase).
 
10. To get HTTP Negotiate authentication to work fine, you need to provide a
  (fake) user name (this concerns both curl and the lib) because the code
  wrongly only considers authentication if there's a user name provided.
  http://curl.haxx.se/bug/view.cgi?id=440 How?
  http://curl.haxx.se/mail/lib-2004-08/0182.html
 
8. Doing resumed upload over HTTP does not work with '-C -', because curl
  doesn't do a HEAD first to get the initial size. This needs to be done
  manually for HTTP PUT resume to work, and then '-C [index]'.
 
6. libcurl ignores empty path parts in FTP URLs, whereas RFC1738 states that
  such parts should be sent to the server as 'CWD ' (without an argument).
  The only exception to this rule, is that we knowingly break this if the
  empty part is first in the path, as then we use the double slashes to
  indicate that the user wants to reach the root dir (this exception SHALL
  remain even when this bug is fixed).
 
5. libcurl doesn't treat the content-length of compressed data properly, as
  it seems HTTP servers send the *uncompressed* length in that header and
  libcurl thinks of it as the *compressed* length. Some explanations are here:
  http://curl.haxx.se/mail/lib-2003-06/0146.html
 
2. If a HTTP server responds to a HEAD request and includes a body (thus
  violating the RFC2616), curl won't wait to read the response but just stop
  reading and return back. If a second request (let's assume a GET) is then
  immediately made to the same server again, the connection will be re-used
  fine of course, and the second request will be sent off but when the
  response is to get read, the previous response-body is what curl will read
  and havoc is what happens.
  More details on this is found in this libcurl mailing list thread:
  http://curl.haxx.se/mail/lib-2002-08/0000.html

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