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RFC 8610, "Concise Data Definition Language (CDDL): A Notational Convention to Express Concise Binary Object Representation (CBOR) and JSON Data Structures", June 2019

Source of RFC: cbor (art)

Errata ID: 6278
Status: Held for Document Update
Type: Technical
Publication Format(s) : TEXT

Reported By: Eric Seppanen
Date Reported: 2020-09-04
Held for Document Update by: Barry Leiba
Date Held: 2020-09-04

Section Appendix B says:

BCHAR = %x20-26 / %x28-5B / %x5D-10FFFD / SESC / CRLF

It should say:

BCHAR = %x20-26 / %x28-5B / %x5D-7E / %x80-10FFFD / SESC / CRLF


Between draft 6 and 7 of the RFC, the ASCII DELETE character 0x7F was excluded from the character set allowed in text literals. I believe it should also be excluded from the character set of bytestring literals.

A 0x7F byte could not be decoded if included in a hex or base64 bytestring, leaving only UTF-8 bytestrings. Since there is no discussion in the text of any reason to allow this character in a UTF-8 bytestring when it was not allowed in a UTF-8 text string, I suspect this was an oversight.

===== Verifier notes =====
It was, indeed, an oversight, but discussion on the CBOR working group list shows that the proper fix is not straightforward, and that it should be handled in the next version of the spec.

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