[New-bugs-announce] [issue32491] base64.decode: linebreaks are not ignored

Gregory P. Smith report at bugs.python.org
Wed Jan 3 18:35:25 EST 2018

New submission from Gregory P. Smith <greg at krypto.org>:

I've tried reading various RFCs around Base64 encoding, but I couldn't make the ends meet.  Yet there is an inconsistency between base64.decodebytes() and base64.decode() in that how they handle linebreaks that were used to collate the encoded text.  Below is an example of what I'm talking about:

>>> import base64
>>> foo = base64.encodebytes(b'123456789')
>>> foo
>>> foo = b'MTIzND\n' + b'U2Nzg5\n'
>>> foo
>>> base64.decodebytes(foo)
>>> from io import BytesIO
>>> bytes_in = BytesIO(foo)
>>> bytes_out = BytesIO()
>>> bytes_in.seek(0)
>>> base64.decode(bytes_in, bytes_out)
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "<stdin>", line 1, in <module>
  File "/somewhere/lib/python3.6/base64.py", line 512, in decode
    s = binascii.a2b_base64(line)
binascii.Error: Incorrect padding
>>> bytes_in = BytesIO(base64.encodebytes(b'123456789'))
>>> bytes_in.seek(0)
>>> base64.decode(bytes_in, bytes_out)
>>> bytes_out.getvalue()

Obviously, I'd expect encodebytes() and encode both to either accept or to reject the same input.



via Oleg Sivokon on python-dev (who was having trouble getting bugs.python.org account creation to work)

components: Library (Lib)
messages: 309449
nosy: gregory.p.smith
priority: normal
severity: normal
status: open
title: base64.decode: linebreaks are not ignored
type: behavior
versions: Python 3.6, Python 3.7

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