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Encrypting a string and the Euro € character

Posted on 2012-04-09
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I've inherited some code part of which is to encrypt a string, and then it is saved to a file. See below.

The problem is that when the EURO € (and I presume some other characters) are included in string the are changed to a question mark ?


DES.Key = MD5.ComputeHash(System.Text.ASCIIEncoding.ASCII.GetBytes(key))
DES.Mode = CipherMode.ECB
Dim DESEncrypt As ICryptoTransform = DES.CreateEncryptor()
Dim Buffer As Byte() = System.Text.ASCIIEncoding.ASCII.GetBytes(stringToEncrypt)
Return Convert.ToBase64String(DESEncrypt.TransformFinalBlock(Buffer, 0, Buffer.Length))

I'd appreciate help on this as to how to avoid problem.  The fundamental of code can't really change as there are files already saved using this method

Thanks in advance
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Question by:rwallacej
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by:wdosanjos
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The problem with the System.Text.ASCIIEncoding.ASCII.GetBytes(), because the EURO € is not defined in the ASCII encoding.  You should use System.Text.Encoding.UTF8.GetBytes() instead.  You probably need to update your decrypt code to use System.Text.Encoding.UTF8.GetString() also.
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by:rwallacej
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thanks for help,

I changed encrypt code per your comments to
            DES.Key = MD5.ComputeHash(Encoding.UTF8.GetBytes(key))
            DES.Mode = CipherMode.ECB
            Dim DESEncrypt As ICryptoTransform = DES.CreateEncryptor()
            Dim Buffer As Byte() = ASCIIEncoding.UTF32.GetBytes(stringToEncrypt)
            Return Convert.ToBase64String(DESEncrypt.TransformFinalBlock(Buffer, 0, Buffer.Length))

the encrypted string is the now different.



I changed the decrypt code from what it was to
                DES.Key = MD5.ComputeHash(System.Text.Encoding.UTF8.GetBytes(key))
                DES.Mode = CipherMode.ECB
                Dim DESDecrypt As Security.Cryptography.ICryptoTransform = DES.CreateDecryptor()
                Dim Buffer As Byte() = Convert.FromBase64String(encryptedString)
                Return ASCIIEncoding.ASCII.GetString(DESDecrypt.TransformFinalBlock(Buffer, 0, Buffer.Length))

but this does not decrypt string right

further help appreciated, thanks
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wdosanjos earned 2000 total points
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Your code is still has ASCII encoding references.  Please try this:

Encrypt:
DES.Key = MD5.ComputeHash(Encoding.UTF8.GetBytes(key))
DES.Mode = CipherMode.ECB
Dim DESEncrypt As ICryptoTransform = DES.CreateEncryptor()
Dim Buffer As Byte() = Encoding.UTF8.GetBytes(stringToEncrypt)
Return Convert.ToBase64String(DESEncrypt.TransformFinalBlock(Buffer, 0, Buffer.Length))

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Decrypt:
DES.Key = MD5.ComputeHash(System.Text.Encoding.UTF8.GetBytes(key))
DES.Mode = CipherMode.ECB
Dim DESDecrypt As Security.Cryptography.ICryptoTransform = DES.CreateDecryptor()
Dim Buffer As Byte() = Convert.FromBase64String(encryptedString)
Return Encoding.UTF8.GetString(DESDecrypt.TransformFinalBlock(Buffer, 0, Buffer.Length))

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