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Detect UTF-8 encodings in Content-Type header

Zhaolin Yu May 25, 2018 10:27PM UTC

Currently request body and response body is decoded with Latin-1, inferred from question 17199168. The "Latin-1" is very ambiguous, but here I suppose "code page 1252" is referred to. According to HTTP standard, if Content-Type header specifies a "charset" directive, HTTP body should be decoded with that character encoding (see It would be great if this directive is respected.

Paul Johnston May 29, 2018 06:42AM UTC Support Center agent

Hi Zhaolin,

Is this causing you a specific problem? If it is, let us know a bit more and we can usually suggest a workaround.

Burp does detect the charset directive in the Content-Type header when displaying messages. Otherwise, Burp is generally not Unicode aware. We may revisit this in the future, but it’s generally a reasonable choice for a security tool.

If it helps, the specific code page is ISO-8859-1.

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