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Base64 decode should ignore CRLF

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Package: coreutils; Reported by: Steven Hilton <malvidin@HIDDEN>; dated Wed, 30 Oct 2019 14:33:02 UTC; Maintainer for coreutils is bug-coreutils@HIDDEN.

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Subject: Base64 decode should ignore CRLF
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I believe that the base64 implementation in coreutils should ignore
carriage return and line feed line endings (CR, LF, CRLF). Currently, it
only ignores LF line endings.
The -i/--ignore-garbage flag is effective, but should not fail on common
line endings.

$ echo -ne
"R05VIEJhc2U2NCBkZWNvZGUgc2hvdWxkIGlnbm9yZSBib3RoIENSIGFuZC9vciBMRg0K\r\nR05VIEJhc2U2NCBkZWNvZGUgc2hvdWxkIGlnbm9yZSBib3RoIENSIGFuZC9vciBMRg0K"
| base64 -d
Current Output:
GNU Base64 decode should ignore both CR and/or LF
base64: invalid input

Expected Output:
GNU Base64 decode should ignore both CR and/or LF
GNU Base64 decode should ignore both CR and/or LF

Per the Base64 RFC, section 3.3,

Note that this means that any adjacent carriage return/line feed
(CRLF) characters constitute "non-alphabet characters" and are
ignored.

https://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc4648#section-3.3
<https://www.google.com/url?q=https://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc4648%23section-3.3&sa=D&source=hangouts&ust=1572513581650000&usg=AFQjCNGmIlJSlyucb75tnWNUbAovfdasIg>

My interpretation of this section is that the base64 decoding should either
fail on any non-Alphabet character, or should ignore any line ending
combination.

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<div dir=3D"ltr"><div style=3D"vertical-align:top;padding:7px 0px 1px;borde=
r-radius:5px 0px 5px 5px;color:rgb(38,38,38);font-size:13px"><div id=3D"m_1=
882433811314112529gmail-:91.co" style=3D"color:rgb(38,50,56)"><div id=3D"m_=
1882433811314112529gmail-:93.ma" style=3D"line-height:16px;margin-bottom:6p=
x;margin-left:9px;margin-right:9px;opacity:1;word-break:break-word"><font f=
ace=3D"arial, sans-serif">I believe=C2=A0that the base64 implementation in =
coreutils should ignore carriage return and line feed line endings (CR, LF,=
 CRLF). Currently, it only ignores LF line endings.</font></div><div id=3D"=
m_1882433811314112529gmail-:93.ma" style=3D"line-height:16px;margin-bottom:=
6px;margin-left:9px;margin-right:9px;opacity:1;word-break:break-word"><font=
 face=3D"arial, sans-serif">The -i/--ignore-garbage flag is effective, but =
should not fail on common line endings.=C2=A0</font></div><div id=3D"m_1882=
433811314112529gmail-:93.ma" style=3D"line-height:16px;margin-bottom:6px;ma=
rgin-left:9px;margin-right:9px;opacity:1;word-break:break-word"><font face=
=3D"arial, sans-serif"><br></font><font face=3D"monospace">$ echo -ne &quot=
;R05VIEJhc2U2NCBkZWNvZGUgc2hvdWxkIGlnbm9yZSBib3RoIENSIGFuZC9vciBMRg0K\r\nR0=
5VIEJhc2U2NCBkZWNvZGUgc2hvdWxkIGlnbm9yZSBib3RoIENSIGFuZC9vciBMRg0K&quot; | =
base64 -d<br></font><font face=3D"Roboto, Arial, sans-serif">Current Output=
:</font><br><font face=3D"monospace">GNU Base64 decode should ignore both C=
R and/or LF<br>base64: invalid input<br></font><br><font face=3D"Roboto, Ar=
ial, sans-serif">Expected Output:</font><br><font face=3D"monospace">GNU Ba=
se64 decode should ignore both CR and/or LF<br>GNU Base64 decode should ign=
ore both CR and/or LF<br></font></div><div id=3D"m_1882433811314112529gmail=
-:93.ma" style=3D"font-family:Roboto,Arial,sans-serif;line-height:16px;marg=
in-bottom:6px;margin-left:9px;margin-right:9px;opacity:1;word-break:break-w=
ord"><br></div><div id=3D"m_1882433811314112529gmail-:93.ma" style=3D"font-=
family:Roboto,Arial,sans-serif;line-height:16px;margin-bottom:6px;margin-le=
ft:9px;margin-right:9px;opacity:1;word-break:break-word">Per the Base64 RFC=
, section 3.3,=C2=A0</div><div id=3D"m_1882433811314112529gmail-:93.ma" sty=
le=3D"line-height:16px;margin-bottom:6px;margin-left:9px;margin-right:9px;o=
pacity:1;word-break:break-word"><pre style=3D"font-size:13.3333px;margin-to=
p:0px;margin-bottom:0px;break-before:page;color:rgb(0,0,0)">Note that this =
means that any adjacent carriage return/line feed (CRLF) characters constit=
ute &quot;non-alphabet characters&quot; and are ignored.</pre></div><div id=
=3D"m_1882433811314112529gmail-:93.ma" style=3D"font-family:Roboto,Arial,sa=
ns-serif;line-height:16px;margin-bottom:6px;margin-left:9px;margin-right:9p=
x;opacity:1;word-break:break-word"><span id=3D"m_1882433811314112529gmail-:=
93.co" dir=3D"ltr"><a rel=3D"nofollow noreferrer noopener" href=3D"https://=
www.google.com/url?q=3Dhttps://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc4648%23section-3.3&am=
p;sa=3DD&amp;source=3Dhangouts&amp;ust=3D1572513581650000&amp;usg=3DAFQjCNG=
mIlJSlyucb75tnWNUbAovfdasIg" dir=3D"ltr" style=3D"unicode-bidi:isolate;colo=
r:rgb(38,50,56)" target=3D"_blank">https://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc4648#sect=
ion-3.3</a></span></div><div id=3D"m_1882433811314112529gmail-:93.ma" style=
=3D"font-family:Roboto,Arial,sans-serif;line-height:16px;margin-bottom:6px;=
margin-left:9px;margin-right:9px;opacity:1;word-break:break-word"><br></div=
><div id=3D"m_1882433811314112529gmail-:93.ma" style=3D"font-family:Roboto,=
Arial,sans-serif;line-height:16px;margin-bottom:6px;margin-left:9px;margin-=
right:9px;opacity:1;word-break:break-word">My interpretation of this sectio=
n is that the base64 decoding should either fail on any non-Alphabet charac=
ter, or should ignore any line ending combination.</div></div></div></div>

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New bug report received and forwarded. Copy sent to bug-coreutils@HIDDEN. Full text available.
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