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On Wed, Dec 9, 2015 at 3:32 PM, Cezary H. Noweta <> wrote:
> On 2015-12-09 23:58, Coda Highland wrote:
>> utf8.len() will return false and the position of the first invalid
>> byte for an invalid UTF-8 string.
> Indeed, however my function's purpose is not testing if a string is valid
> but the following flow:
> [unknown string] => [black box] => [valid string].
> in one simple step. This comes from an Unicode's recommendation. After that
> I know that there are no 4/6-byte backslashes or quotes for a SQLinj and
> other fancy pitfalls.
> Today, non-shortest forms are very dangerous - Lua's utf8_decode is
> susceptible to this (there is no need to correct this as long as a string is
> valid). Conciseness of UTF-8 allows to treat strings as plain ASCII ones -
> it is frequently used and can be very danger.
> The first thing to do with an unknown string (just after its length is
> determined) is to validate it. After you have treated a string by my
> utf8.validate, you can apply less secure but very efficient functions (like
> above utf8_decode, for example).
> -- best regards
> Cezary H. Noweta

Then I submit that your function would be better named "normalize"
than "validate" since its intent in the workflow is to provide you
with a safe, canonical form of the string, and it just also lets you
know if it encountered problems along the way.

/s/ Adam