Commit 5e6f762d authored by David Zeuthen's avatar David Zeuthen

GVariant: validate that passed string is UTF-8

As discussed with Ryan on IRC.

This check is crucial because it guarantees that
g_variant_get_string() will _always_ return valid UTF-8. Except in
cases where the programmer used unsafe API such as
g_variant_new_from_data() and setting @trusted to TRUE.

In fact, this check revealed a flaw in my polkit gdbus port

 (lt-polkitd:11632): GLib-CRITICAL **: g_variant_new_string: assertion
 `g_utf8_validate (string, len, NULL)' failed

and with this I could easily find the problem by using gdb(1) and

Without this check we'd pass the non-UTF8 string all the way to the
message bus and the bus would then disconnect us. So instead I was

  g_dbus_connection_real_closed: Remote peer vanished with error:
  Underlying GIOStream returned 0 bytes on an async read
  (g-io-error-quark, 0). Exiting.

and then SIGTERM as raised by g_dbus_connection_real_closed() and my
polkitd process would exit. This behavior is much harder to debug than
failing early (as this patch implements).
Signed-off-by: default avatarDavid Zeuthen <>
parent 86d947f0
......@@ -971,6 +971,7 @@ GVariant *
g_variant_new_string (const gchar *string)
g_return_val_if_fail (string != NULL, NULL);
g_return_val_if_fail (g_utf8_validate (string, -1, NULL), NULL);
return g_variant_new_from_trusted (G_VARIANT_TYPE_STRING,
string, strlen (string) + 1);
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