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base64_decode returns binary data

Posted on 2006-06-10
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the base64_decode() returns data in binary!

ive tried to display the output from base64_decode($handshake) and i get binary??

is there someother function that can convert the decoded data in readable data so i can compare it in my code below?

<?php
$handshake = '';
$handshake = trim($_GET['handshake']);

if("xyz" == base64_decode($handshake))
      echo "Handshake OK";
else
      echo "HACKING ATTEMPT";
?>
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Question by:ellandrd
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Is it serialized perhaps? Normally the function returns the decoded string, so that's weird...
What is it you encode...
Can you show us the whole cycle? SO, both the encoding and decoding part?
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by:ellandrd
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OK, example:

<?php
$str = 'secret';
$encoded_str = base64_encode($str);
if("secret" == base64_decode($encoded_str))
     echo "OK";
else
     echo "HACKING ATTEMPT";
?>

will fail as base64_decode() return binary data.  How can i decode a string encrpyted by base64?
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by:ellandrd
ID: 16877106
see another example:

<?php
$encoded_str = "KHvCoxP73EqvnVaCubzwUQ==";
echo "<p>".$encoded_str."</p>";
$decoded_str = base64_decode($encoded_str);
echo "<p>".$decoded_str."</p>";
?>

output:

KHvCoxP73EqvnVaCubzwUQ==

({£ûÜJ¯V‚¹¼ðQ

The $encoded_str value is a string encoded using a base64 algorithm sent in the URL....

 
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by:ellandrd
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fixed!
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by:TeRReF
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Well done, can you tell us how, so people with the same problem can use your solution...
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by:ellandrd
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i use md5 hashing instead.
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