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HTTP request charset support.

Venka May 19, 2019 07:04PM UTC

Hey Guys,

I have 2 questions regarding charset support in the Content-Type header of a request. This relates to Burp community edition version v1.7.36

1. When charset is set to UTF-16 BE BOM, Burp seems to properly detect it only if the content-type is application/json. It fails to do so if it's text/html, text/plain. Any idea why?
2. Is there a list of all the charsets supported by Burp?


Venak May 19, 2019 07:20PM UTC
Since I can't edit my original question.

I should also add that this is working as expected if the charset is specifically set to ISO-8859-1 but not for UTF-16 when the content-type is text/plain. Based on this behavior, looks like the default charset Burp expects is UTF-8.

Paul Johnston May 21, 2019 12:42PM UTC Support Center agent

Unfortunately, Burp’s support for UTF-16 is very limited at present. This is something that we intend to work on in future, but this is going to be part of a major update to the message editor, rather than a quick fix. In principle it would be possible to code an extension to workaround this.

You can see a list of supported charsets in User options > Display > Character Sets. The “Use a specific character set” dropdown shows all the ones available. By default, Burp determines the character set from the Content-type header.


Venka May 22, 2019 02:38AM UTC
Thanks for the response!

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