CORS with IE, XMLHttpRequest and ssl (https)

I've a problem with an application that is communicating thru Ajax to consume some restful services from another server.

The problem seams to appear just with IE and when the consuming application is in a Server that have ssl, I mean when I consume the same services from the same server from other box everything works fine.

I've the Restful services on a Server (https://api.restbla/..) that have SSL and I've to consume these from other servers (with or without ssl certificate)

Testing with Internet Explorer I get the results:

  • If I consume the services from my local works
  • If I consume the services from the same box (where the restful are hosted) works
  • If I consume the services from another server withouth ssl works
  • But when I consume the services from a server on https dont work on IE.

All of the prior test work with Chrome and FF

This is the javascript that im using to make the ajax call

function load(_url, _callback, _params, _type, _htmlMethod, _onStartFunction, _onFinishFunction) {
    var xhr;
    if (isFunction(_onStartFunction)) { _onStartFunction(); }
    ieVersion = getInternetExplorerVersion();
    if (typeof XMLHttpRequest !== 'undefined') {
        console.log("XMLHttpRequest");
        xhr = new XMLHttpRequest();
    }else {
        if (ieVersion > 7){ 
            console.log("XDomainRequest");
            xhr = new XDomainRequest();
        }else{
            var versions = [ "MSXML2.XmlHttp.5.0", "MSXML2.XmlHttp.4.0", "MSXML2.XmlHttp.3.0", "MSXML2.XmlHttp.2.0", "Microsoft.XmlHttp" ];
            for ( var i = 0, len = versions.length; i < len; i++) {
                try { 
                    console.log("ActiveXObject: " + versions[i]);
                    xhr = new ActiveXObject(versions[i]); 
                    break;
                } catch (e) { /* attempt next one*/ }
            }
        }
    }
    xhr.onreadystatechange = ensureReadiness;
    if (_type == JSON_TYPE) {
        contentType = "application/json";
    }else{
        contentType = 'text/plain';
    }

    function ensureReadiness() {
        if (xhr.readyState < 4) { return; }
        if (xhr.status !== 200) {
            showServiceDown();
            if (isFunction(_onFinishFunction)) { _onFinishFunction();}
            return;
        }
        if (xhr.readyState === 4) {
            if (isFunction(_onFinishFunction)) {_onFinishFunction(); }
            var responseText = "";
            responseText = xhr.responseText;
            if (_type == JSON_TYPE) {
                _callback(responseText);
            } else if (_type = HTML_TYPE) {
                var replaced = responseText.replace(/\\/g, '///');
                _callback(replaced);
            } else { _callback(responseText); }
        }
    }
    if ((_htmlMethod == undefined) || (_htmlMethod == null) || (_htmlMethod == "")) {
        _htmlMethod = METHOD_POST;
    }
    xhr.open(_htmlMethod, _url, true);
    xhr.withCredentials = true;
    xhr.setRequestHeader("Content-type", contentType);
    _params = (_params != undefined) ? _params : null;
    xhr.send(_params);
}

I can't use any javascript framework for this project.

the certificates are mede internal by the company are for internal only usage so any browser validation mail fail, I dont know if this have something to do with the issue.

I hope anyone have some solution for this problem.

thanks a lot for your time.

Answers:

Answer

I've had a similar problem that was solved by adding a dummy onprogress callback to the XDomainRequest in the IE case:

if (ieVersion > 7){ 
    console.log("XDomainRequest");
    xhr = new XDomainRequest();
    xhr.onprogress = function() {}; // <-- add this
}

It seemed that IE was aborting the cross-domain request if there was no onprogess handler defined.


Here's a function I use for AJAX, maybe there is something in it that helps you:

  /**
   * Wraps jQuery's AJAX, adds X-Domain support for IE
   * 
   *
   */
  function xDomainAJAX (url, settings) {
    jQueryRequired();
    $.support.cors = true; // enable x-domain
    if ($.browser.msie && parseInt($.browser.version, 10) >= 8 && XDomainRequest) {
      // use ms xdr
      var xdr = new XDomainRequest();
      xdr.open(settings.type, url + '?' + $.param(settings.data));
      xdr.onprogress = function() {};
      xdr.onload = function() {
        settings.success(xdr.responseText);
      };
      xdr.onerror = settings.error;
      xdr.send();
    } else {
      // use jQuery ajax
      $.ajax(url, settings);
    }
  }

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