Encrypting and decrypting a string in C#

Posted on 2009-04-08
Last Modified: 2012-06-27
I am trying to encrypt data stored and sent back from a windows mobile device using the encrypt function below, i couldnt access PasswordDeriveBytes SecretKey = new PasswordDeriveBytes(Password, Salt); from using the System.Security.Cryptography so i included the OpenNETCF.Security.Cryptography; instead.

However i am trying to decrypt the string back to plain text in a .net web application and i keep getting the error Padding is invalid and cannot be removed.

If i use the decrypt function on the windows mobile app(compat framework 2.) it does decrypt it back though, i guessing that it has to do with using the OpenNETCF library instead ?

Does any one know how to overcome this issue or have an alternative way to achive what im trying to do ?
public static string Encrypt(string clearText, string Password)



            RijndaelManaged RijndaelCipher = new RijndaelManaged();

            RijndaelCipher.Padding =  PaddingMode.PKCS7 ;

            byte[] PlainText = System.Text.Encoding.Unicode.GetBytes(clearText);

            byte[] Salt = Encoding.ASCII.GetBytes(Password.Length.ToString());


            PasswordDeriveBytes SecretKey = new PasswordDeriveBytes(Password, Salt);

            //Creates a symmetric encryptor object.

            ICryptoTransform Encryptor = RijndaelCipher.CreateEncryptor(SecretKey.GetBytes(32), SecretKey.GetBytes(16));

            MemoryStream memoryStream = new MemoryStream();

            //Defines a stream that links data streams to cryptographic transformations

            CryptoStream cryptoStream = new CryptoStream(memoryStream, Encryptor, CryptoStreamMode.Write);

            cryptoStream.Write(PlainText, 0, PlainText.Length);

            //Writes the final state and clears the buffer


            byte[] CipherBytes = memoryStream.ToArray();



            string EncryptedData = Convert.ToBase64String(CipherBytes);

            return EncryptedData;





        public static string Decrypt(string TextToBeDecrypted,string Password)



            RijndaelManaged RijndaelCipher = new RijndaelManaged();

            RijndaelCipher.Padding = PaddingMode.PKCS7 ;

            byte[] EncryptedData = Convert.FromBase64String(TextToBeDecrypted);

            byte[] Salt = Encoding.ASCII.GetBytes(Password.Length.ToString());

            //Making of the key for decryption

            PasswordDeriveBytes SecretKey = new PasswordDeriveBytes(Password, Salt);

            //Creates a symmetric Rijndael decryptor object.

            ICryptoTransform Decryptor = RijndaelCipher.CreateDecryptor(SecretKey.GetBytes(32), SecretKey.GetBytes(16));

            MemoryStream memoryStream = new MemoryStream(EncryptedData);

            //Defines the cryptographics stream for decryption.THe stream contains decrpted data

            CryptoStream cryptoStream = new CryptoStream(memoryStream, Decryptor, CryptoStreamMode.Read);

            byte[] PlainText = new byte[EncryptedData.Length];

            int DecryptedCount = cryptoStream.Read(PlainText, 0, PlainText.Length);



            //Converting to string

            string DecryptedData = Encoding.Unicode.GetString(PlainText, 0, DecryptedCount);

            return DecryptedData;


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Question by:MCLR
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thanks, but i have similar code already, in that the only difference between the function on the mobile device and the .net app  is that I use:
OpenNETCF.Security.Cryptography.PasswordDeriveBytes instead of

but yet i am getting the error error Padding is invalid and cannot be removed.

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MCLR earned 0 total points
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I couldnt get that method to work after so in teh end i used the following
key = Encoding.UTF8.GetBytes(stringKey.Substring(0, 8));

DESCryptoServiceProvider des = new DESCryptoServiceProvider();

Byte[] byteArray = Encoding.UTF8.GetBytes(text);

MemoryStream memoryStream = new MemoryStream();

CryptoStream cryptoStream = new CryptoStream(memoryStream,

des.CreateEncryptor(key, IV), CryptoStreamMode.Write);

cryptoStream.Write(byteArray, 0, byteArray.Length);


return Convert.ToBase64String(memoryStream.ToArray());

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