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KML Layer utility decodes URL invalidating the file access

Question asked by geonetadmin on May 7, 2014
Latest reply on Sep 28, 2014 by danwallie
Original User: erichcline

I have a KML files hosted in Windows Azure which provides an access url.

Example download URL provided by Azure: (expires)

The KML Utility process decodes the URL and sig attribute which invalidates the Azure download.

the download url contains a sig attribute that Azure uses to authenticate the download.
encoded:  sig=6ChtkDZig5Zwa75ECUPt%2FlNPKQKGLoh62%2BaE%2B8f8f0c%3D
decoded:  sig=6ChtkDZig5Zwa75ECUPt/lNPKQKGLoh62+aE+8f8f0c=

This makes the publicly facing KML download fail.
Does anyone know a way around this?