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RE: [grouper-users] Use of the colon (:) in group names.

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  • From: Chris Hyzer <>
  • To: "" <>, "" <>
  • Subject: RE: [grouper-users] Use of the colon (:) in group names.
  • Date: Tue, 26 Oct 2010 08:50:47 -0400
  • Accept-language: en-US
  • Acceptlanguage: en-US

> names. He wonders if the use of the colon might run afoul of web
> application firewalls. We don't have one as of yet, but he is
> concerned that if typical web-app firewall signatures look for
> colons it makes sense to not use something that will be flagged
> every time. The theory is such a firewall looking for URL
> manipulation might be wary of seeing colons.

I have never heard of this issue, maybe no one is using a web application
firewall with grouper, or maybe it is not a problem. Are you worried about
the UI or WS or both? I wonder if escaping the colon in the URL would help
(%3A). We do have a Jira issue to support user configured folder separators
(instead of colon), but the colon is pretty entrenched in the Grouper
codebase, so this would not be trivial...


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