#1397 closed defect (fixed)

HTTP/2 broken in popular Android libraries with nginx v. 1.13.6

Reported by: serguei.ivantsov@… Owned by:
Priority: critical Milestone:
Component: nginx-core Version: 1.13.x
Keywords: Cc:
uname -a: Linux some.domain.com 4.13.3-xn #1 SMP Thu Sep 21 18:31:01 EEST 2017 x86_64 Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2620 v4 @ 2.10GHz GenuineIntel GNU/Linux
nginx -V: nginx version: nginx/1.13.6 built with OpenSSL 1.0.2l 25 May 2017 TLS SNI support enabled configure arguments: --prefix=/usr --conf-path=/etc/nginx/nginx.conf --error-log-path=/var/log/nginx/error_log --pid-path=/run/nginx.pid --lock-path=/run/lock/nginx.lock --with-cc-opt='-I/usr/include -DNGX_HAVE_INET6=0' --with-ld-opt=-L/usr/lib64 --http-log-path=/var/log/nginx/access_log --http-client-body-temp-path=/var/lib/nginx/tmp/client --http-proxy-temp-path=/var/lib/nginx/tmp/proxy --http-fastcgi-temp-path=/var/lib/nginx/tmp/fastcgi --http-scgi-temp-path=/var/lib/nginx/tmp/scgi --http-uwsgi-temp-path=/var/lib/nginx/tmp/uwsgi --with-compat --with-file-aio --with-http_v2_module --with-pcre --with-threads --without-http_memcached_module --without-http_scgi_module --without-http_ssi_module --without-http_split_clients_module --without-http_upstream_hash_module --without-http_upstream_ip_hash_module --without-http_upstream_keepalive_module --without-http_upstream_least_conn_module --without-http_userid_module --without-http_uwsgi_module --with-http_geoip_module --with-http_gzip_static_module --with-http_stub_status_module --with-http_realip_module --with-http_ssl_module --without-stream_access_module --without-stream_geo_module --without-stream_limit_conn_module --without-stream_map_module --without-stream_return_module --without-stream_split_clients_module --without-stream_upstream_hash_module --without-stream_upstream_least_conn_module --without-stream_upstream_zone_module --without-mail_imap_module --without-mail_pop3_module --without-mail_smtp_module --user=nginx --group=nginx


Both Retrofit and OkHttp? affected.
On the client, error is:
java.net.ProtocolException?: Expected ':status' header not present


Change History (14)

comment:1 Changed 22 months ago by vbart

Could you try to revert this change and test?

comment:2 Changed 22 months ago by serguei.ivantsov@…

The lib (OkHttp?) is working again if revert that change.

Last edited 22 months ago by serguei.ivantsov@… (previous) (diff)

comment:3 Changed 22 months ago by mdounin

Ok, so it looks like the lib is not able to handle Dynamic Table Size updates. This looks like a bug in the library to me. We may consider introducing a workaround in nginx, though I'm not sure it makes sense. A better solution would be to fix the library.

comment:4 Changed 22 months ago by vbart

Can you confirm, that you don't use any 3rd-party patches as well?

comment:5 Changed 22 months ago by serguei.ivantsov@…

It is vanilla library, though it might be not the latest version. I need to ask developers of the affected app.
I've checked sources at GitHub?
And appears they have above mentioned "dynamic table" support.

comment:6 Changed 22 months ago by vbart

I asked mostly about nginx. There are known patches for nginx that can break HTTP/2 functionality.

comment:7 Changed 22 months ago by serguei.ivantsov@…

It is a version from Gentoo repository. Let me check if they apply patches.

comment:8 Changed 22 months ago by serguei.ivantsov@…

Well, updating to the latest version of the libraries resolves this issue.
It is not a bug of nginx, but looks like this new feature affects a lot of old software.

comment:9 Changed 21 months ago by mdounin

See also #1441.

comment:10 Changed 21 months ago by qiqizjl@…

Hello, we also encountered this problem. In addition to downgrading nginx and upgrade okhttp, what other solutions now?

comment:11 Changed 16 months ago by maxim

  • Milestone 1.13 deleted

Ticket retargeted after milestone closed

comment:12 Changed 13 months ago by mdounin

For the record, I've posted a patch to add a workaround for this on nginx side here:


I'm, however, not convinced that it needs to be committed, as there are associated downsides for non-buggy clients.

comment:13 Changed 13 months ago by Maxim Dounin <mdounin@…>

In 7335:fbb683496705/nginx:

HTTP/2: workaround for clients which fail on table size updates.

There are clients which cannot handle HPACK's dynamic table size updates
as added in 12cadc4669a7 (1.13.6). Notably, old versions of OkHttp? library
are known to fail on it (ticket #1397).

This change makes it possible to work with such clients by only sending
dynamic table size updates in response to SETTINGS_HEADER_TABLE_SIZE. As
a downside, clients which do not use SETTINGS_HEADER_TABLE_SIZE will
continue to maintain default 4k table.

comment:14 Changed 13 months ago by mdounin

  • Resolution set to fixed
  • Status changed from new to closed

The workaround committed.

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