Support Checksum Of Message Body

Now, Zaqar will add a non-URL-encoded message body checksum function. This is essential for the security of the message body, it can prevent the message from being tampered.

Problem description

Currently, Zaqar has no checksum of the non-URL-encoded message body. It is a good feature for the security of the message body.

AWS SQS service has supported the function, that would be a good reference for Zaqar[1].

Proposed change

When user claim or get the messages, the checksum will be returned with message body together, So user can use it to verify that the message body is correct. Currently zaqar only support the checksum of the non-URL-encoded message body based on MD5 digests. We may support other algorithms in future versions, including SHA1, sha256, sha512, and so on. So, It is necessary to change the following:

  1. Add new property named checksum for message. This property is a string type.

    When you send a message to queue, Zaqar will use the default checksum algorithm MD5 to calculate the checksum value of the non-URL-encoded message body. Finally Zaqar will store the value on the backend. Now the backend Mongodb, Redis and Swift can be supported.

  2. Return the property checksum for message when user claims or gets the message.

    When user gets or claims the message, The API will return the k-v pair of checksum in the body of the message. The user can then use this value to verify that the body of the newly retrieved message is correct or not.

  3. This feature is backward compatible.

    For old messages that do not have the checksum attribute, the checksum will return None for both claim and get operation. This feature will also transit smoothly as the old messages gradually expire.

  4. Add new data model for message body and queue on different backend.


    |  Name                |  Field  |
    |  checksum            |   cs   |
    |  body                |   b     |
    |  ...                 |   ...   |







Primary assignee:
cdyangzhenyu <>


Target Milestone for completion:
Queens RC1

Work Items

  1. Add message body checksum support for Mongodb, Redis and Swift.
  2. Add release note for this feature.
  3. Update API reference.
  4. Add user/developer document for this feature.
  5. Change unit, functional and tempest tests accordingly.



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