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(THIS CODING RULE OR GUIDELINE IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION)

According to [JNI Tips], section "UTF-8 and UTF-16 Strings", Java uses UTF-16 strings that are not null-terminated.  UTF-16 strings may contain \u0000 in the middle of the string, so it is necessary to know the length of the string when working on Java strings in native code.

JNI does provide methods that work with Modified UTF-8 (see [API 2013], Interface DataInput, section "Modified UTF-8"). The advantage of working with Modified UTF-8 is that it encodes \u0000 as 0xc0 0x80 instead of 0x00. This allows the use of C-style null-terminated strings that can be handled by C standard library string functions. However, arbitrary UTF-8 data cannot be expected to work correctly in JNI. Data passed to the NewStringUTF() function must be in Modified UTF-8 format. Character data read from a file or stream cannot be passed to the NewStringUTF() function without being filtered to convert the high-ASCII characters to Modified UTF-8. In other words, character data must be normalized to Modified UTF-8 before being passed to the NewStringUTF() function. (For more information about string normalization see IDS01-J. Normalize strings before validating them. Note, however, that that rule is mainly about UTF-16 normalization whereas what is of concern here is Modified UTF-8 normalization.)

Noncompliant Code Example

This noncompliant code example shows an example where the wrong type of character encoding is used with erroneous results.

 

 

Compliant Solution

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Risk Assessment

If character data is not normalized before being passed to the NewStringUTF() function then erroneous results may be obtained.

Rule

Severity

Likelihood

Remediation Cost

Priority

Level

JNI04-J

Low

Probable

Medium

P4

L3

Automated Detection

It may be possible to automatically detect whether character data from untrusted sources has been normalized before being passed to the NewStringUTF() function.

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