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Posted 16 Mar 2009

Password Safe Reader for Windows Mobile

A Windows Mobile C# reader for the popular Password Safe archive files.
#region License
 *  PasswordSafe Database Reader/Writer
 *  Copyright (C) 2007 Svante Seleborg
 *  This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify
 *  it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
 *  the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or
 *  (at your option) any later version.
 *  This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
 *  but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
 *  GNU General Public License for more details.
 *  You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License
 *  along with this program.  If not, see <>.
 *  If you'd like to license this program under any other terms than the
 *  above, please contact the author and copyright holder.
 *  Contact:

using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Runtime.InteropServices;
using System.Text;

namespace Axantum.PasswordSafe
    /// <summary>
    /// Implements native methods that are safe to call
    /// </summary>
    internal static class SafeNativeMethods
        [DllImport("kernel32.dll", SetLastError = true)]
        static extern int GetACP();

        /// <summary>
        /// Converts the string from Unicode to the current systen Ansi Code Page. This is not really
        /// a good idea, but it's the way PasswordSafe works. Problem is that it can vary from system
        /// to system, and then you can't open your database... :-(.
        /// </summary>
        /// <param name="passphrase">The passphrase.</param>
        /// <returns>The passphrase encoded in the current system Ansi Code Page</returns>
        public static byte[] ConvertString(string passphrase)
            return UnicodeEncoding.GetEncoding(GetACP()).GetBytes(passphrase);

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About the Authors

Svante Seleborg
Web Developer Axantum Software AB
Sweden Sweden
I've been working with all aspects of software development since 1979 - from compiler construction to management. Currently I'm an independent consultant mostly specializing in computer security. Please see my homepage for contact details.

I speak C like a native, and have a pretty good grasp of C++. The most recent five years C# has been the main development language. Traditionally Unix has been the dominating environment, but currently the scales have tipped over to Windows, due to market demands but I'm equally at home developing in both environments.

When I'm not coding I'm usually sitting on one of my 4 bikes, indoors or outdoors, on the road or in the woods.

Alphons van der Heijden
Retired Van der Heijden Holding BV
Netherlands Netherlands
I'm Alphons van der Heijden, living in Lelystad, Netherlands, Europa, Earth. And currently I'm retiring from hard working ( ;- ), owning my own company. Because I'm full of energy, and a little to young to relax ...., I don't sit down, but create and recreate software solutions, that I like. Reinventing the wheel is my second nature. My interest is in the area of Internet technologies, .NET etc. I was there in 1992 when Mosaic came out, and from that point, my life changed dramatically, and so did the world, in fact. (Y)

Dave Shaw
Software Developer
United Kingdom United Kingdom
I am currently employed as a C# / MS SQL developer for a Medical Software company working on a large enterprise system.

I have used Delphi and MSM MUMPS in previous roles and love both languages.

I'm an avid Windows Mobile fan and moderator on I code in C#, and C++ for WM as well as cooking custom ROMs and learning to disasm the inners of my device.

Romania Romania
I have some intensive experience with C#, ASP.NET and Delphi. Also I like to write API's, which I realized when I made a SmartCard library.

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