Using MD5 Encryption
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by Kay Lee
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In Conclusion

Blast from the Past

There are many means of implementing an encryption algorithm in your applications, and MD5 is one of them.  You may implement a very straightforward, simple MD5 hashing algorithm directly from the user input, or you may choose to utilize a more complex salted approach.  Whichever type of encryption you choose to implement, it's advised to utilize a fairly strong algorithm for sensitive data such as passwords or social security numbers when decrypting the value isn't necessary.  There are times when an encrypted value must be decrypted.  Under those circumstances, alternative methods are available such as RSA, SHA1, Blowfish, Rijndael (pronounced "Rain Doll" and also known as AES), and TripleDES.  

In today's development world, Rijndael (a.k.a., AES) and TripleDES are the leaders in new development implementations, and they are both great examples of a strong balance between security and performance.  They're both private-key encryptions and have yet to be broken consistently.  It's highly recommended to avoid using anything other than Rijndael for files that have a sensitivity lifespan greater than 7 years; however, for most developers and applications, this will never be an issue.  For those interested in cryptography, it's best to further your knowledge in the different types of encryptions available: Public-Key, Private-Key, and Hashing Algorithms. 

There are many options available for cryptography purposes, and in this article, we only covered MD5 (Hashing Algorithm).  It's best to use multiple means of encryption in your applications to keep the unwanted seeker continually seeking rather than finding.

For further reading on cryptography with the .NET Framework, you may visit the following sites.

  1. http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/en-us/cpqstart/html/cpsmpnetsamples-howtocryptography.asp?frame=true
  2. http://www.gotdotnet.com/team/clr/cryptofaq.htm
  3. http://www.ftponline.com/vsm/2003_03/magazine/features/vandersypen/
  4. http://www.developer.com/net/net/article.php/1548761
  5. http://csrc.nist.gov/CryptoToolkit/aes/rijndael/
  6. http://labmice.techtarget.com/security/crypto.htm

If you have more information that you feel should be addressed in terms of cryptography or the MD5 hashing algorithm, please leave a note for discussion.  Furthermore, if you've used cryptography in the past or use it now, please let us know how it's working for you and any issues you may have run into.  There's no point in reinventing the wheel, and general discussions on the topic shouldn't sacrifice your applications security level.


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User Comments

Title: encrytion   
Name: chee
Date: 2010-02-12 2:05:07 AM
Comment:
i recommend that you should use this encryption. because it is more convenient to use and it can lessen our work in encrypting password...
Title: Encryption   
Name: Meeraj
Date: 2009-03-29 8:55:10 PM
Comment:
Hi is MD5 the best option for encrpting passwords for an finance based system. What is the best possible encrption technique?
Title: testing with the MD5 code today   
Name: abhishek
Date: 2008-05-23 2:43:56 AM
Comment:
I will test the code available in this article.. let's see how it goes. Thanks.
Title: thanks   
Name: Karen
Date: 2008-01-24 12:57:58 AM
Comment:
it's my first time here....thanks...haha

this is really great...
Title: Euclidean Theory in 3.a and 3.b   
Name: Karen
Date: 2008-01-24 12:52:36 AM
Comment:
hi..it's me again Karen.. i have so many questions to ask...
What is the Application of the Euclidean Theory in 3.a and 3.b??thanx...THIS WEBSITE IS GREAT...
Title: How about the Application of Pigeonhole in Encryption?   
Name: Karen
Date: 2008-01-24 12:46:17 AM
Comment:
Tn..How about the Appliation of Pigeonhole in Encryption and Decryption?
Title: What is an example of MD5-Complex Encryption Algorithm?   
Name: Karen
Date: 2008-01-24 12:39:12 AM
Comment:
I'm a student in one of the colleges in Philippines. I just want to ask if what is MD5? And an example of Complex Encryption Algorithm?This is our project, and honestly speaking I don't have the idea about this..
tHanx..i need ur answer..thanks again
Title: Even number length only?   
Name: Jeff
Date: 2007-04-09 3:24:58 PM
Comment:
I had no problem getting this to work, great example.

The only issue that I seem to be running into is the method "MD5SaltedHashEncryption" will only encrypt a string with an even length.

Great example, thank you for sharing this.
Title: Suggestion   
Name: prakash sawant
Date: 2006-10-16 7:25:25 AM
Comment:
Only encryption method is provided by u.
But decryption method also needed
so plz. do needful in another article
Title: Encryption   
Name: Anil Dhawale
Date: 2006-09-01 8:13:12 AM
Comment:
I am writing the prog which takes input as UserName , Password and 128 bit chalan no by taking thease input then
so how i will form encryption and
How it will be done .
Title: Mulit Lingual Character Sets   
Name: Diane Wilson
Date: 2006-08-09 5:50:28 AM
Comment:
We currently use MF5 to encrypt our personal identification information eg Address info, Names etc

However, our business is now starting to use multi lingual characters set (2 bytes per character) and unfortunately my testing MF5 with a unicode field which contains non ascii values (eg greek letters)has not been sucessful. Are you aware of any workaround, other than a translation routine up front.

Many thanks

Di
Title: Great Work   
Name: chakris
Date: 2006-06-27 5:55:16 AM
Comment:
Hi Kay,
U hav posted nice blog.I have a question like how can i decrypt the password? do i need to use SHA1 algorthim explicitly for decrypting ? Any solutions or suggestions will be appritiated.. well in advance
Title: NICE ARTICLE!!!!!!!!!!   
Name: BJ
Date: 2006-04-02 4:40:43 AM
Comment:
this article is great!

btw, my friendd and i have just set up a website.
called md5Encryption, it can encrypt and decrypt md5.
welcome to visit! =D
http://www.md5encryption.com/
Title: One of the best article on md5   
Name: Danish
Date: 2006-02-08 7:34:18 AM
Comment:
I am writting program that take hash (salted md5 hash) from user and apply brute force so i have to form a hash from words, e,g
password=2005
and its hash
hash=$1$UHgk$5XmcGTZshB3r7IP5gWP8I1 (Cisco IOS md5 hash)
only john the ripper software can form hashes from words,
so how i will form hash
How it will be done .
Title: Consultant   
Name: Jim S.
Date: 2006-01-15 7:19:40 PM
Comment:
Thanks for passing the salt! I'm catering to some gourmets who are going to eat this stuff up!
:-)
Thanks again for sharing!
Title: Decrypt!!   
Name: asif
Date: 2005-09-06 7:14:33 AM
Comment:
It would much helpful if there was any way to derypt the data to original form(input). Can You Work it out
Title: Thanks Justin   
Name: Kay Lee
Date: 2004-09-26 3:12:46 PM
Comment:
Thanks Justin,

I tried to be as thorough as possible. If anyone's confused, I'll be more than happy to explain further, and there's a lot of qualified readers too.

btw, my blogs aren't what you'd consider technical reading. :)

Again, thanks man.
Kay
Title: Great all in one article   
Name: Justin Lovell
Date: 2004-09-26 9:48:24 AM
Comment:
Cheers Kay,

I think you have an excellent article that combines quite a few blogs together. Normally, with the blogs, the article only develops when the comments/questions are asked -- on the other hand, you have developed from the start to the finish.

Nice job!

-- Justin






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