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  1. #1
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    Sep 2003

    Encryption problem in Symbian OS based application

    hi ,
    i am developing an application in which the server (.php file) will generate a license key based on user info and send it back to the mobile device(Symbian OS c++ application).The license key will be generated using some form of encoding algorithm.On the client side the encoded license key is used to validated with the user information stored in the client.For that matter there has to be decryption of the license key on the symbian os client.
    Pls suggest me some encryption algorithm (say RSA etc.) which can be supported by both symbian os and php running on a linux server.So that a homogenity can be maintained between the .php file which is generating the license key on the server side and the client side application running on a symbian device which is decrypting the encoded license key (for validation with the info stored on the client side) everytime the client wants to connect to the server.
    The problem is the memory constraint of symbian OS so that a heavy encoding algorithm cant be supported on the mobile client.
    Last edited by sujoydas; 2004-03-29 at 11:43.

  2. #2
    Nokia Developer Moderator
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    Mar 2003
    just wanted to pop this up. Currently just starting to look for same thing, so was wondering if you or anybody else would have found any nice solutions already.


  3. #3
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    Dec 2003
    I am new to Symbian, but for one project I used RSA as the asymmetric encryption and the memory constraints was NOT a problem...it's dog slow in the device (j2me - BigInt manipulation...) but other than that it's brilliant.
    On the client side:
    Don't make a library yourself, there are too many pitfalls, you can use one of these:


    or..just use an search engine...

    Pay attention to the license and choose from there.

    I must admit that i made some profiling, but I didn't gain very much....mostly a waste of time (bit-shifting).

    I belive that there already are the "security module" which you can use!??
    From the "http://www.symbian.com/technology/symbos-v6x-det.html" -document:

    The cryptography module includes the following significant components:

    * raw cryptography algorithms allowing data to be encrypted and decrypted, and supporting symmetric ciphers: DES, 3DES, RC2, RC4, RC5, and asymmetric ciphers: RSA, DSA, DH
    * hash functions, supporting message digests: MD5, SHA (SHA1), HMAC
    * random number generator (RNG), the basis for the cryptographic key generation

    Last edited by floxer; 2004-11-21 at 00:03.

  4. #4
    Nokia Developer Moderator
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    Oct 2006

    Re: encryption problem


    Am newbie working on Carbide.c++ and s60 3rd edition.

    Can anybody shed some light on using the 3des encryption on Symbian platform. Am finding it difficult to find relevant stuff.

    Help highly appreciated.

    Thanks in advance

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