Encryption using CryptoAPI

Category:
String Manipulation
Type:
Modules
Difficulty:
Advanced
Author:
Barry Dunne

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More information:
This module provides encryption/decryption through the CryptoAPI. This is about as secure as it gets in VB. Though the code is not easy, usage is and is fully explained in the comments.

This is the standard API you can use regardless of the underlying dll used to do the encryption. These dlls are called Cryptographic Service Providers (CSPs) and you get one as standard from Microsoft called "Microsoft Base Cryptographic Provider v1.0" This module uses the standard CSP, but this can be changed by changing the constant SERVICE_PROVIDER. There is additional code in this module to ensure that the encrypted values do not contain CR or LF characters so that the result can be written to a file.

The CSP connection and release are in seperate functions to the main encryption/decryption which must be called by the user at the start and end of all encryption.

A word of warning: If you are going to use WritePrivateProfileString to write the encrypted value to an ini file, you must write a vbNullString first to delete the existing entry as it does not clear previous entries when writing binary data. This is a problem if you are overwriting a value with a smaller one.


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Download modcrypt.zip