Spring 4.1 (Web MVC) and earlier versions and the MVC trailing slashes issue on Tomcat

There is an issue with Spring Web component in terms of handling slashes “forward slash” when Tomcat is in the mix. Found the issue when our web application in Production received GET requests with 2 trailing slashes in the path info and the Spring Dispatcher Servlet was not able to map it to a controller even though the Spring Dispatcher Servlet is the root servlet.

Filed an issue with the Spring Jira and it has been corroborated and it is scheduled to be fixed in an upcoming release.

Please see the following issue in the Spring Jira:

https://jira.spring.io/browse/SPR-12372

BTW: the quick fix is to map the Spring Dispatcher Servlet with a wildcard as in: