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 package org.apache.catalina.filters;
 import static org.jboss.web.CatalinaMessages.MESSAGES;
Filter that attempts to force MS WebDAV clients connecting on port 80 to use a WebDAV client that actually works. Other workarounds that might help include:
  • Specifying the port, even if it is port 80, when trying to connect.
  • Cancelling the first authentication dialog box and then trying to reconnect.
Generally each different version of the MS client has a different set of problems.

TODO: Update this filter to recognise specific MS clients and apply the appropriate workarounds for that particular client

As a filter, this is configured in web.xml like any other Filter. You usually want to map this filter to whatever your WebDAV servlet is mapped to.

In addition to the issues fixed by this Filter, the following issues have also been observed that cannot be fixed by this filter. Where possible the filter will add an message to the logs.

XP x64 SP2 (MiniRedir Version 3790)

  • Only connects to port 80
  • Unknown issue means it doesn't work
 public class WebdavFixFilter implements Filter {
     /* Start string for all versions */
     private static final String UA_MINIDIR_START =
     /* XP 32-bit SP3 */
     private static final String UA_MINIDIR_5_1_2600 =
     /* XP 64-bit SP2 */
     private static final String UA_MINIDIR_5_2_3790 =
     public void init(FilterConfig filterConfigthrows ServletException {
 	public void destroy() {

Check for the broken MS WebDAV client and if detected issue a re-direct that hopefully will cause the non-broken client to be used.
 	public void doFilter(ServletRequest requestServletResponse response,
 			FilterChain chainthrows IOExceptionServletException {
 	    if (!(request instanceof HttpServletRequest) ||
 	            !(response instanceof HttpServletResponse)) {
 		HttpServletRequest httpRequest = ((HttpServletRequestrequest);
 		HttpServletResponse httpResponse = ((HttpServletResponseresponse);
 		String ua = httpRequest.getHeader("User-Agent");
 		if (ua == null || ua.length() == 0 ||
 		        !ua.startsWith()) {
 	        // No UA or starts with non MS value
		    // Hope everything just works...
else if (ua.startsWith()) {
		    // XP 32-bit SP3 - needs redirect with explicit port
else if (ua.startsWith()) {
		    // XP 64-bit SP2
		    if (!"".equals(httpRequest.getContextPath())) {
		    // Namespace issue maybe
		    // see
else {
		    // Don't know which MS client it is - try the redirect with an
		    // explicit port in the hope that it moves the client to a different
		    // WebDAV implementation that works
    private String buildRedirect(HttpServletRequest request) {
        StringBuilder location =
            new StringBuilder(request.getRequestURL().length());
        // If we include the port, even if it is 80, then MS clients will use
        // a WebDAV client that works rather than the MiniRedir that has
        // problems with BASIC authentication
        return location.toString();
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