[Python-Dev] Possible bug in base64.decode: linebreaks are not ignored

Oleg Sivokon olegs at traiana.com
Wed Jan 3 05:24:04 EST 2018


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.



PS. I couldn't register to the bug-tracker (never received an email confirmation, not even in a spam folder), this is why I'm sending it here.
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