401 The input date header is invalid format

Jacob Marble 6 Reputation points

My requests to the CosmosDB API (both the emulator and an instance in Azure) fails with 401 Unauthorized, and this body:

{"code":"Unauthorized","message":"The input date header is invalid format. Please pass in RFC 1123 style date format.\r\nActivityId: 0b8ed7e2-f634-492b-990d-72bc67f7513d, Microsoft.Azure.Documents.Common/2.14.0"}   

I'm using golang, so need to construct the hashed token signature for a master token, as described in the docs. My implementation matches the documented example, which is to say:

verb := "GET"   
resourceType := "dbs"   
resourceLink := "dbs/ToDoList"   
masterKey := "dsZQi3KtZmCv1ljt3VNWNm7sQUF1y5rJfC6kv5JiwvW0EndXdDku/dkKBp8/ufDToSxLzR4y+O/0H/t4bQtVNw=="   
nowTime, _ := time.Parse(time.RFC1123, "Thu, 27 Apr 2017 00:51:12 GMT")   

// got matches expect   
got, _ := hashTokenSignature(verb, resourceType, resourceLink, masterKey, nowTime)   
expect := "c09PEVJrgp2uQRkr934kFbTqhByc7TVr3OHyqlu+c+c="   

Now, create the auth token:

// got matches expect   
got := url.QueryEscape("type=master&ver=1.0&sig=c09PEVJrgp2uQRkr934kFbTqhByc7TVr3OHyqlu+c+c=")   
expect := "type%3Dmaster%26ver%3D1.0%26sig%3Dc09PEVJrgp2uQRkr934kFbTqhByc7TVr3OHyqlu%2Bc%2Bc%3D"   

Now let’s consider the date header. The string I use for x-ms-date is identical to the one I use in the signature constructor: Thu, 27 Apr 2017 00:51:12 GMT Case does not seem to matter; the error persists whether the RFC 1123 date string is lower-cased or not.

Here is an example query against the emulator, running locally in Docker.

Signature payload (plus an extra newline character):


sat, 07 aug 2021 23:39:32 pdt  

Master key:



Method: GET  
URI: https://localhost:8081/dbs/  

X-Ms-Version: "2018-12-31"  
X-Ms-Date: "Sat, 07 Aug 2021 23:39:32 PDT"  
Authorization: "type%3Dmaster%26ver%3D1.0%26sig%3Dhgfum5w73%2FmoXN%2BZDXt1BxmmmGRbUxaRSresf24ZeRY%3D"  


401 Unauthorized {"code":"Unauthorized","message":"The input date header is invalid format. Please pass in RFC 1123 style date format.\r\nActivityId: bc0c28b1-987c-46c3-ad1c-027f1e9781af, Microsoft.Azure.Documents.Common/2.14.0"}
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