Migrating from Cowboy 2.3 to 2.4

Cowboy 2.4 focused on improving the HTTP/2 implementation. All existing tests from RFC7540 and the h2spec test suite now all pass. Numerous options have been added to control SETTINGS and related behavior. In addition experimental support for Websocket over HTTP/2 was added.

Features added

  • Add experimental support for Websocket over HTTP/2. You can use the enable_connect_protocol option to enable. It implements the following draft: https://tools.ietf.org/html/draft-ietf-httpbis-h2-websockets-01
  • Add options max_decode_table_size and max_encode_table_size to restrict the size of the HPACK compression dictionary.
  • Add option max_concurrent_streams to restrict the number of HTTP/2 streams that can be opened concurrently.
  • Add options initial_connection_window_size and initial_stream_window_size to restrict the size of the HTTP/2 request body buffers for the whole connection and per stream, respectively.
  • Add options max_frame_size_received and max_frame_size_sent to restrict the size of HTTP/2 frames.
  • Add option settings_timeout to reject clients that did not send a SETTINGS ack. Note that this currently may only occur at the beginning of the connection.
  • Update Ranch to 1.5.0
  • Update Cowlib to 2.3.0

Bugs fixed

  • Fix the END_STREAM flag for informational responses when using HTTP/2.
  • Receive and ignore HTTP/2 request trailers if any for HTTP/2 requests. Request trailer information will be propagated to the user code in a future release.
  • Reject WINDOW_UPDATE frames that are sent after the client sent an RST_STREAM. Note that Cowboy will not keep state information about terminated streams forever and so the behavior might differ depending on when the stream was reset.
  • Reject streams that depend on themselves. Note that Cowboy currently does not implement HTTP/2's priority mechanisms so this issue was harmless.
  • Reject HTTP/2 requests where the body size is different than the content-length value. Note that due to how Cowboy works some requests might go through regardless, for example when the user code does not read the request body.
  • Fix all existing test failures from RFC7540. This was mostly incorrect test cases or intermittent failures.

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