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Discussion on: What's the longest you've ever spent debugging a single bug?

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G.L Solaria

I spent a week trying to figure out if I was doing something wrong or if I had found a genuine bug in WCF. My gosh it almost broke my spirit. I don't think it has been resolved yet.

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Phil Ashby

Ewww, nasty. I too have spent waaay too long reading the source for WCF when things do not behave as documented/expected! Probably the longest was when investigating session leakage while using the WS-SecureConversation protocol. It seems absolutely nobody else in the world made that decision, and we probably shouldn't have either, but customers were now using it (30k+ of them) so we had no choice but to find & fix the leaks.. all told a rotating team of 3-4 people spent ~1 year (over a period of 6 months) finding all the ways customers could break stuff and patching up the server side...

Just before I retired, we had a plan to emulate the session aspects of the protocol, and I had a POC working which avoided actual server-side sessions, it employed JWTs to carry the security session data back and forth instead. This would have fixed a lot of problems with state management and scalability, I have no idea if it got implemented!