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Re: "input must be * bytes long"

by Sifmole (Chaplain)
on Aug 26, 2003 at 15:13 UTC ( #286738=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to "input must be * bytes long"

You will need to make sure that your input string has a number of characters that is evenly divisible by 8. If the starting string isn't then you will need to pad it. Choose a padding that you can programmatically strip off when you decrypt.
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Re: Re: "input must be * bytes long"
by phax (Initiate) on Sep 11, 2003 at 21:30 UTC
    Thanks Perl Monks for your feedback. I will post the app when finish with it.
    It's not a bug-it's an undocumented feature :D
      Hi, this is how I managed to get blowfish encryption and decryption working on strings that are less or more than 8 characters long. Hope it's of come use to whoever comes across this.
      #!/usr/bin/perl use strict; use warnings; use Crypt::Blowfish; my $key=pack("H16","0123456789ABCDEF"); sub encrypt_8_chars{ my $plain_text=$_[0]; my $encrypted_data; my $encrypted_text; my $cipher = new Crypt::Blowfish $key; # Enlarge the string to 8 characters by appending with NULL characte +rs while(length($plain_text) < 8){ $plain_text=sprintf("%s\0",$plain_text); } $encrypted_data=$cipher->encrypt($plain_text); # Take the string and + encrypt using blowfish $encrypted_text=unpack("H16",$encrypted_data); return $encrypted_text; } # encrypt_8_chars sub decrypt_8_chars{ my $encrypted_text=$_[0]; my $encrypted_data; my $plain_text; my $cipher = new Crypt::Blowfish $key; $encrypted_data=pack("H16",$encrypted_text); $plain_text=$cipher->decrypt($encrypted_data); # Take the string and + decrypt using blowfish $plain_text =~ s/\0//g; # Shrink the string by removing appended wit +h NULL characters return $plain_text; } # decrypt_8_chars sub encrypt_text{ my $plain_text=$_[0]; my @plain_chunks; my $plain_chunk; my $encrypted_text=""; @plain_chunks=($plain_text =~ /.{1,8}/g); # Chop any size of the tex +t into up to 8 charachers and put each chunk into an array foreach $plain_chunk (@plain_chunks){ $encrypted_text=sprintf("%s%s",$encrypted_text,encrypt_8_chars($pl +ain_chunk)); } return $encrypted_text; } # encrypt_text sub decrypt_text{ my $encrypted_text=$_[0]; my @encrypted_chunks; my $encrypted_chunk; my $plain_text=""; @encrypted_chunks=($encrypted_text =~ /.{1,16}/g); # Chop any size o +f the text into up to 16 charachers and put each chunk into an array foreach $encrypted_chunk (@encrypted_chunks){ $plain_text=sprintf("%s%s",$plain_text,decrypt_8_chars($encrypted_ +chunk)); } return $plain_text; } # decrypt_text my $input; my $encrypted; my $decrypted; printf("Enter the string to encrypt\n"); chomp($input=<STDIN>); $encrypted=encrypt_text($input); printf("The encrypted value of %s is %s\n",$input,$encrypted); $decrypted=decrypt_text($encrypted); printf("The decrypted value of %s is %s\n",$encrypted,$decrypted);

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