I perceive the world: request.getRequestURI()

In Webtop 6.7SP2P05 EMC made some weird changes:

these changes completely removes usefulness of “componentlist” component:

after clicking on any component:

Initially I thought that this is a new security feature, but webtop configuration files should not contain any environment-sensitive information, otherwise webtop deployment gets into a mess. After some research I have found that webtop performs checks using following way:

HttpServletRequest request;
HttpServletResponse response;
// these regexps come from web.xml
Pattern staticPages = Pattern.compile(
Pattern configs = Pattern.compile("/app\\.xml|/config/.*\\.xml", Pattern.CASE_INSENSITIVE);
if (staticPages.matcher(request.getRequestURI()).find()) {
    if (configs.matcher(request.getRequestURI()).find()) {
                "The URL is unauthorized in WDK");

What does getRequestURI() method return? Documentation:

Actually, this part of documentation is not clear and RFC 1808 comes to the rescue:

RFC 1808           Relative Uniform Resource Locators          June 1995


   each of which, except <scheme>, may be absent from a particular URL.
   These components are defined as follows (a complete BNF is provided
   in Section 2.2):

      scheme ":"   ::= scheme name, as per Section 2.1 of RFC 1738 [2].

      "//" net_loc ::= network location and login information, as per
                       Section 3.1 of RFC 1738 [2].

      "/" path     ::= URL path, as per Section 3.1 of RFC 1738 [2].

      ";" params   ::= object parameters (e.g., ";type=a" as in
                       Section 3.2.2 of RFC 1738 [2]).

      "?" query    ::= query information, as per Section 3.3 of
                       RFC 1738 [2].

      "#" fragment ::= fragment identifier.


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