The Boston Diaries

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Saturday, November 30, 2019

Another minor issue with DoH

So I'm still having issues with my DoH implementation—this time it's Firefox complaining about not finding a server. I modified the script to log the request and response and as far as I could tell, the addresses were being resolved. It's just that Firefox was refusing to use the given answers. And trying to find an answer to “firefox server not found” is a futile exercise these days, giving me years old answers to issues that weren't quite what I was experiencing.

It's all very annoying.

But in looking over the script, again, I had a small epiphany.

local function output(status,data)
  if not data then
    io.stdout:write(string.format([[
Status: %d
Content-Length: 0

]],status))
  else
    io.stdout:write(string.format([[
Status: %d
Content-Type: application/dns-message
Content-Length: %d

%s]],status,#data,data))
  end
end

The code is running on Unix. By default, the “end-of-line” marker is just a line feed character. But the HTTP specification requires both a line feed and a carriage return character to mark the “end-of-line.” Given that the script works most of the time, I thought Self, perhaps there's a different codepath that is a bit more pedantic about the HTTP specification these particular sites hit for whatever reason. I changed the code:

local function output(status,data)
  if not data then
    io.stdout:write(
        string.format("Status: %d\r\n",status),
        "Content-Length: 0\r\n",
        "\r\n"
    )
  else
    io.stdout:write(
        string.format("Status: %d\r\n",status),
        "Content-Type: application/dns-message\r\n",
        string.format("Content-Length: %d\r\n",#data),
        "\r\n",
        data
    )
  end
end

And immediately, the sites I was having problems with started loading reliably in Firefox. Hopefully, this is the last bug with this service …

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