Subject: OpenSAML user discussion
- From: "Paul Hethmon" <>
- To: <>
- Subject: RE: RE : SAXParseException?
- Date: Fri, 27 Apr 2007 07:52:31 -0700
Laurent: thanks for the tip, I now have UTF-8 and things are much better.
At least I know a whole lot more about UTF and XML than I did at the start of
Sent: Friday, April 27, 2007 10:31 AM
Subject: RE : SAXParseException?
I had the same problem using XMLHelper.nodeToString().
Now I'm using:
StringWriter responseWriter = new StringWriter();
And then the encoding is now UTF-8.
De : Paul Hethmon
Envoyé : vendredi 27 avril 2007 16:25
Objet : RE: SAXParseException?
Ok. I've been digging into this all week and have it narrowed down to
the XML declaration. In my code, I'm using XMLHelper.nodeToString() to
convert my AuthnRequest to XML before base64 encoding and putting it
into my form. Essentially what the HTTPPostEncoder does. This results in
an XML declaration of:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-16"?>
Seems reasonable and it gets sent and base64 decoded successfully. At
this point though, is when the error is thrown when I try to decode it
using the HTTPPostDecoder. So for fun, I went into my XML on the sending
side and removed the encoding param. Now, xerces will successfully parse
it and I end up with a valid AuthnRequest object on the receiving side.
It seems that xerces is looking for UTF-16, but not finding valid UTF-16
and so throws the "Content not allowed in prolog" error.
So I'm still digging here. This is an area that I'm fuzzy in, dealing
with this level of XML and specifications. So I'm hoping perhaps this
rings a bell for someone who can provide me with a clue.
I'm actually using a copy of Xerces I built from the Apache svn
repository yesterday. That may be good or bad, not sure.
From: Paul Hethmon
Sent: Wednesday, April 25, 2007 1:28 PM
Subject: RE: SAXParseException?
I don't think I'm doing that. In this case, I'm building the
AuthnRequest object in code, then marshalling it to the XML and encoding
for the HTTP POST. So I see encoding="UTF-16" on the sending side. On
the receiving side, I see the same encoding.
I guess I'll go down the path of compiling xerces to see if I can pull
out some additional information on what it thinks it sees.
From: Chad La Joie
Sent: Wednesday, April 25, 2007 12:47 PM
Subject: Re: SAXParseException?
Paul, I have seen this error before when I mistakenly encoded the actual
file I was pulling my SAML from in one manner and then had a different
encoding specified in the XML prolog. I think for me I did something
like encode with UTF-8 and then mistakenly put US-ASCII as the encoding.
So, when I looked at the file and the hex it all looked fine but the
parser was thinking it was something totally different.
Paul Hethmon wrote:
> Ok, so I had this working a few weeks ago and can't figure out what
> changed. I've got a snapshot of the opensaml2 libraries as of about
> March 23rd that builds (mostly, at least I didn't change much). I'm
> creating an AuthnRequest in one application and passing it to my Idp.
> When the Idp goes to decode the incoming HTTP form post, it is
> the exception:
> org.xml.sax.SAXParseException: Content is not allowed in prolog.
> So I went back to opensaml2 code and added another logging statement
> actually print out the base64 decoded value from SAMLRequest. I don't
> see anything wrong with it, looking at the plain text or flipping the
> view to hex to make sure there are no "unprintable" characters. From
> code, I'm calling HTTPPostDecoder.decode().
> So the code snippet looks like:
> HTTPPostDecoder decode = new HTTPPostDecoder();
> decode.setParserPool( new ParserPool() );
> decode.setRequest( request );
> Any thoughts on where to look next?
> Paul Hethmon
> cell: 865.250.3517
> work: 865.769.0456
Chad La Joie 2052-C Harris Bldg
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- SAXParseException?, Paul Hethmon, 04/25/2007
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