Ben Sinclair wrote:

> I'm trying to use mcrypt_generic and it works fine except it pads the data
> with ^@'s when, according to the manual page, the length of the data is not
> n * blocksize.
> I've been trying to remove the padding from my decrypted data using
> something like "$string = str_replace("^@","",$string);", but it doesn't
> seem to work right (^@ is a single character, not just "^" . "@").
> Has anyone had to do this before and found a solution?
> --
> Ben Sinclair

I worked around this by padding the plaintext myself. Basically, add NUL 
(character 0) bytes so that your plaintext becomes an exact multiple of 
blocksize. Then change the very last byte to the number of padding bytes 
used. If the plaintext is already an exact multiple of blocksize, then 
pad with an entire block.

On decryption, reverse the process, and you'll have your original string 
back exactly the way you started.

Here are two functions that I use for this:
(note: I modified these slightly from the originals without testing)

function pad_plaintext($data, $blocksize)
         $buffer = "";
         $numpad = $blocksize - (strlen($data) % $blocksize);

         $nul_str = chr(0);
         $buffer = $data . str_repeat($nul_str, $numpad);
         $buffer[strlen($buffer) - 1] = chr($numpad);


function depad_plaintext($data)
         $buffer = "";
         $numpad = ord($data[strlen($data) - 1]);

         $buffer = substr($data, 0, -1 * $numpad);




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