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Application running on Tomcat handles response.sendError() differently than when on Jetty

Rob Ivan

Joined: Jan 07, 2010
Posts: 28

Issue: Application running Apache CXF webservices handles response.sendError() differently when running in Jetty 6.1.21 than in Tomcat 6.0.29 or SpringSource tc Runtime 2.1.0.RELEASE, where as the Jetty response has a status code of HTTP 403 Forbidden and Tomcat has a status code of HTTP 500 Internal Server Error. My client is GWT, and I am trying to detect the HTTP 403 status, which works with the server application running on Jetty but not on Tomcat or SpringSource tc.

Questions: Is this a configuration issue for Tomcat? Do I need to write my own ErrorReportValve implementation?

I have searched various forums (here, and via Google search) for a solution, to no avail. I have tried setting " errorReportValveClass = "" in Tomcat server.xml, and I still get HTTP 500 but with a blank page. I have also tried various settings for cfx.xml to propogate the response status, but that did not work either. I know these are not "Tomcat" changes per se, but I did not want to cross post and Tomcat forum seemed to be the right place to start.

Note: responses captured using Chrome Poster 1.4 running on Google Chrome 8.0.552.224

My application (Spring 3) is generating the following in a Spring Security Filter Bean (extends org.springframework.web.filter.GenericFilterBean):

response.sendError(403, "System Lockout");
throw new WebApplicationException();

Additional configuration details:



<!-- The following two tags configure Spring security. -->


<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<beans xmlns=""
xmlns:xsi="" xmlns:jaxrs=""

<import resource="classpath:META-INF/cxf/cxf.xml" />
<import resource="classpath:META-INF/cxf/cxf-extension-jaxrs-binding.xml" />
<import resource="classpath:META-INF/cxf/cxf-servlet.xml" />

<jaxrs:server id="user" address="/">
<ref bean="userResource" />
<entry key="xml" value="application/xml" />
<entry key="json" value="application/json" />


Jetty 6.1.21 Response:

status: 403 System Lockout
Content-Length: 1393
Server: Jetty(6.1.21)
Content-Type: text/html; charset=iso-8859-1
Cache-Control: must-revalidate,no-cache,no-store

<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=ISO-8859-1"/>
<title>Error 403 System Lockout</title>
<body><h2>HTTP ERROR 403</h2>
<p>Problem accessing /agency/secure/user. Reason:
<pre> System Lockout</pre></p><hr /><i><small>Powered by Jetty://</small></i><br/>;

SpringSource tc Runtime 2.1.0.RELEASE Response (please note that this is about the same response I get from Tomcat, except for the error page--it is still seen as HTTP 500 instead of HTTP 403):

status: 500 Internal Server Error
Date: Fri, 31 Dec 2010 15:48:36 GMT
Content-Encoding: gzip
Connection: close
Content-Length: 793
Vary: Accept-Encoding
Content-Type: text/html;charset=utf-8

<html><head><title>SpringSource tc Runtime 2.1.0.RELEASE/6.0.29.B.RELEASE - Error report</title><style><!--H1 {font-family:Tahoma,Arial,sans-serif;color:white;background-color:#525D76;font-size:22px;} H2 {font-family:Tahoma,Arial,sans-serif;color:white;background-color:#525D76;font-size:16px;} H3 {font-family:Tahoma,Arial,sans-serif;color:white;background-color:#525D76;font-size:14px;} BODY {font-family:Tahoma,Arial,sans-serif;color:black;background-color:white;} B {font-family:Tahoma,Arial,sans-serif;color:white;background-color:#525D76;} P {font-family:Tahoma,Arial,sans-serif;background:white;color:black;font-size:12px;}A {color : black;} {color : black;}HR {color : #525D76;}--></style> </head><body><h1>HTTP Status 500 - </h1><HR size="1" noshade="noshade"><p><b>type</b> Exception report</p><p><b>message</b> <u></u></p><p><b>description</b> <u>The server encountered an internal error () that prevented it from fulfilling this request.</u></p><p><b>exception</b> <pre>$VirtualFilterChain.doFilter($VirtualFilterChain.doFilter($VirtualFilterChain.doFilter($VirtualFilterChain.doFilter($VirtualFilterChain.doFilter($VirtualFilterChain.doFilter(
</pre></p><p><b>note</b> <u>The full stack trace of the root cause is available in the SpringSource tc Runtime 2.1.0.RELEASE/6.0.29.B.RELEASE logs.</u></p><HR size="1" noshade="noshade"><h3>SpringSource tc Runtime 2.1.0.RELEASE/6.0.29.B.RELEASE</h3></body></html>
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