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Hi all,
I'm programming a device (MPOS) in C/C++ and I need to send encrypted data via TCP/IP to a socket server written in C#.

After encrypting the data (HelloWorld) and transmitting it to the server, I always get an exception with the message "Bad Data".

Encrypting on the device is straight forward:


From the C# side, I'm using the Generic Symmetric Algorithm Helper.
(Generic SymmetricAlgorithm Helper[^]).

var keyString = "012345678901234567891234";
var key = Encoding.UTF8.GetBytes(keyString);
var sec = new Utilities.Crypto.SymmetricCryptography<TripleDESCryptoServiceProvider>(key, null);
//read encrypted data. i've saved it to a file.
var d1 = File.ReadAllBytes(@"c:\raw.txt");
var dec2 = sec.Decrypt(enc2); //always gives me "Bad Data"

For one thing, no IV is specified in the C encryption above. I modified the SymmetricCryptography's constructor a bit to auto generate the IV.

public SymmetricCryptography(byte[] key, byte[] iv)
    _key = key;
    if (iv == null)
         _provider.Key = key;
         iv = _provider.IV;
    _iv = iv;

How do I get this to work?

Updated 23-Aug-10 8:12am

1 solution

It looks as though the encrypted data from the device is invalid.
Perhaps try encrypting a small test string in C# and on the device and check that the results are the same.

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