Network Working Group E. Wilde
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Intended status: Informational December 9, 2016
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A Media Type Structured Syntax Suffix for JSON Text Sequences


Structured Syntax Suffixes for media types allow other media types to build on them and make it explicit that they are built on an existing media type as their foundation. This specification defines and registers "+json-seq" as a structured syntax suffix for JSON Text Sequences.

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction

Media Type Structured Syntax Suffixes [RFC6838] were introduced as a way for a media type to signal that it is based on another media type as its foundation. Some structured syntax suffixes were registered initially [RFC6839], including "+json" for the widely popular JSON Format [RFC7159].

JSON Text Sequences [RFC7464] is a recent specification in the JSON space that defines how a sequence of multiple JSON texts can be represented in one representation. This document defines and registers the "+json-seq" structured syntax suffix in the Structured Syntax Suffix Registry.

2. Terminology

The key words "MUST", "MUST NOT", "REQUIRED", "SHALL", "SHALL NOT", "SHOULD", "SHOULD NOT", "RECOMMENDED", "MAY", and "OPTIONAL" in this document are to be interpreted as described in [RFC2119].

3. The "+json-seq" Structured Syntax Suffix

The use case for the "+json-seq" structured syntax suffix is the same as for "+json": It SHOULD be used by media types when parsing the JSON Text Sequence of a media type leads to a meaningful result, by simply using the generic JSON Text Sequence processing.

Applications encountering such a media type can then either simply use generic processing if all they need is a generic view of the JSON Text Sequence, or they can use generic JSON Text Sequence tools for initial parsing, and then can implement their own specific processing on top of that generic parsing tool.

4. IANA Considerations

Structured Syntax Suffixes are registered within the "Structured Syntax Suffix Registry" maintained at <>.

IANA is requested to register the "+json-seq" structured syntax suffix in accordance with [RFC6838].

5. Security Considerations

All the security considerations of JSON Text Sequences [RFC7464] apply. They are as follows:

All the security considerations of JSON [RFC7159] apply. This format provides no cryptographic integrity protection of any kind.

As usual, parsers must operate on input that is assumed to be untrusted. This means that parsers must fail gracefully in the face of malicious inputs.

Note that incremental JSON text parsers can produce partial results and later indicate failure to parse the remainder of a text. A sequence parser that uses an incremental JSON text parser might treat a sequence like '<RS>"foo"<LF>456<LF><RS>' as a sequence of one element ("foo"), while a sequence parser that uses a non-incremental JSON text parser might treat the same sequence as being empty. This effect, and texts that fail to parse and are ignored, can be used to smuggle data past sequence parsers that don't warn about JSON text failures.

Repeated parsing and re-encoding of a JSON text sequence can result in the addition (or stripping) of trailing LF bytes from (to) individual sequence element JSON texts. This can break signature validation. JSON has no canonical form for JSON texts, therefore neither does the JSON text sequence format.

6. References

6.1. Normative References

[RFC2119] Bradner, S., "Key words for use in RFCs to Indicate Requirement Levels", RFC 2119, March 1997.
[RFC6838] Freed, N., Klensin, J. and T. Hansen, "Media Type Specifications and Registration Procedures", BCP 13, RFC 6838, DOI 10.17487/RFC6838, January 2013.
[RFC7464] Williams, N., "JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) Text Sequences", RFC 7464, DOI 10.17487/RFC7464, February 2015.

6.2. Informative References

[RFC6839] Hansen, T. and A. Melnikov, "Additional Media Type Structured Syntax Suffixes", RFC 6839, DOI 10.17487/RFC6839, January 2013.
[RFC7159] Bray, T., "The JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) Data Interchange Format", RFC 7159, DOI 10.17487/RFC7159, March 2014.

Appendix A. Acknowledgements

Thanks for comments and suggestions provided by Allan Doyle, Warren Kumari, Sean Leonard, Alexey Melnikov, and Brian Raymor.

Author's Address

Erik Wilde CA Technologies EMail: URI: