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I got a request yesterday morning to asking if there was a way to drop HTTP requests if a certain number was referenced in the Accept-Language header.  The user referenced this post on Exploring Binary.  The number, 2.2250738585072012e-308, causes the Java runtime and compiler to go into an infinite loop when converting it to double-precision binary floating-point.  Not good.  Twitter is ablaze on the issue, and there is a good discussion thread on Hacker News as well.  So how do you stop it?  At first, this appeared to be a no-brainer, just copy that string and drop if found in that header, right?  Well, there’s a catch.  A few actually.  This number can be represented in many ways: Decimal point placement => 0.00022250738585072012e-304 Leading Zeroes => 00000000002.2250738585072012e-308 Trailing Zeroes => 2.225073858507201200000e-308 Leading Zeroes in the Exponent => ... (more)

Demystifying iControl REST Part 6: Token-Based Authentication

iControl REST. It’s iControl SOAP’s baby, brother, introduced back in TMOS version 11.4 as an early access feature but released fully in version 11.5. Several articles on basic usage have been written on iControl REST so the intent here isn’t basic use, but rather to demystify some of the finer details of using the API. This article will cover the details on how to retrieve and use an authentication token from the BIG-IP using iControl REST and the python programming language. This token is used in place of basic authentication on API calls, which is a requirem... (more)

It's That Darned Web Developer Guy! By @JasonRahm | @CloudExpo #Cloud

Back in October, my son’s robotics team said “Hey! You work for a software company, can you build us an application that will help us with scouting and competitions?” Foolishly, ego stepped in before a careful outsourced review of my existing skills could take place, so I said “Sure! Not a web developer, but how hard could it be?” Seriously… how hard could this be? I see web application traffic all the time. On the wire. And I can even manipulate that traffic at the protocol level and do amazing things with it programmatically. But…changing application traffic in flight is not d... (more)

The Wait Is Over: Edit Your iRules on Linux!

DevCentral has many rock star contributors.  Most are not affiliated officially with F5 Networks, or DevCentral for that matter, but there are several F5ers who believe in the community, and really believe in the F5 story.  One of those F5ers is Matt Cauthorn, or as you know him in the community, L4L7.  You may recognize Matt as the author of pyControl.  Well, not only did he provide this entrance to a better iControl experience, he has also delivered in a major way with his Vim plugin for editing iRules (utilizing pyControl of course to make those calls to BIG-IP).  I had toyed ... (more)

Networking Options with LTM VE

Virtualization Expo on Ulitzer If you haven’t yet downloaded the  BIG-IP LTM VE trial, I highly suggest you do.  It is a fully-functional LTM, rate-limited to 1Mbps throughput.  If you’re not familiar with virtualized environments, hopefully this blog will fill in some blanks for how to get started on the network front. Getting Started Before downloading your VE image, you need to choose what virtualization environment you’re installing into.  The supported options in the type 1 hypervisor are VMWare ESX version 4 and ESXi version 4.  For the type 2 hypervisor (requiring a host O... (more)