[cdi-dev] Which version of HttpServletRequest is injected?
arjan.tijms at gmail.com
Thu Sep 8 07:31:30 EDT 2016
On Thu, Sep 8, 2016 at 1:09 PM, Romain Manni-Bucau <rmannibucau at gmail.com>
> Hit that issue as well several times.
> It is more vicious than it looks like IMO cause CDI will *never* get *the*
> right request for everybody, it is as simple as that. Any part of the app
> can rely on the wrapper level N (of course N being different for each
> mentionned parts of the app).
What I was thinking, but maybe I'm wrong, is that the application never
"just" wraps the request and uses it for itself. It always passes it to the
container, which then passes it on to the next Filter, Servlet, or
whatever. So at that point the container code has the opportunity to store
the request as being the "current" one.
E.g. if you do:
RequestDispatcher dispatcher = servletContext().getRequestDispatcher(...);
Then the RequestDispatcher, which is a container class, receives the
wrapped request and can make it available.
The other way around, eventually every AuthModule, Filter or Servlet has to
be called by the container at some point. E.g. the "protected void
service(HttpServletRequest req, HttpServletResponse resp)" is called by the
So just before the container invokes the HttpServlet#service method, the
container can store the request, and CDI (via an SPI) can pick it up from
That way in every context you can always have the *current* request (the
request that's passed in to the last Servlet or Filter call on the stack).
> Best CDI can do is to provide the request it has (already the case and
> cost pretty much nothing) and enable the user to produces very easily its
> own request from its filter (or equivalent) for its usage IMO - which is
> IMO already doable but maybe there is another shortcut we can introduce I
> didnt think about. If you look one step further any web framework built on
> top of CDI does it and therefore runs in a well known context.
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> 2016-09-08 13:03 GMT+02:00 arjan tijms <arjan.tijms at gmail.com>:
>> On Thu, Sep 8, 2016 at 12:40 PM, Martin Kouba <mkouba at redhat.com> wrote:
>>> that's a good question. In Weld, the request object is captured during
>>> request context activation, i.e. during ServletRequestListener.requestInitialized()
>>> notification and before any filter or servlet is invoked. So wrappers are
>>> ignored and the original/first request is used.
>> Indeed, although do note that some servers (Liberty and WebLogic I think)
>> send the ServletRequestListener.requestInitialized() notification rather
>> late, and do that after the application already has seen the request and
>> has had a chance to wrap it. This by itself is a separate problem. So on
>> these servers, Weld would receive an early request but not necessarily the
>>> But TBH I don't think we can fix this easily as I'm not aware of any
>>> portable way to listen for "wrapping actions".
>> This would have to happen with Server specific code I guess, just as Weld
>> now requires an SPI to obtain the current principal for injection.
>> You could say that the Servlet container could store the request
>> "somewhere" on a stack structure, just before it invokes the
>> ServerAuthModule, Filter, Servlet and anything else I may have forgotten,
>> and then when control flows back to each Servlet, Filter, etc unwind that
>> At the very least the spec for now should perhaps clarify this?
>> Kind regards,
>> Arjan Tijms
>>> Dne 8.9.2016 v 11:02 arjan tijms napsal(a):
>>>> The CDI spec defines a built-in bean for the type HttpServletRequest. In
>>>> 3.8 it says:
>>>> "A servlet container must provide the following built-in beans, all of
>>>> which have qualifier @Default:
>>>> a bean with bean type javax.servlet.http.HttpServletRequest, allowing
>>>> injection of a reference to the HttpServletRequest"
>>>> An HttpServletRequest however can be wrapped multiple times and by
>>>> multiple artefacts. I.e. by a ServerAuthModule, Filter and a
>>>> The question now is; which version of the HttpServletRequest is supposed
>>>> to be injected?
>>>> * The first one in the chain?
>>>> * The last one in the chain?
>>>> * The current one at a given point in the chain?
>>>> A little bit of experimenting seems to indicate it's now often "one of
>>>> the first ones", e.g. the one that happened to be current when e.g. a
>>>> ServletRequestListener that initialises a specific CDI implementation is
>>>> I think this is a little confusing, as working with an injected request
>>>> can now totally ignore the request wrapping that has been done and break
>>>> an application badly.
>>>> Kind regards,
>>>> Arjan Tijms
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