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Randomized Encryption Library

Project Description

The randenc package provides simple symmetric message encryption and decryption functions with message packing, compression, cryptographic hashes, and automatically rotated random keys. It is designed for short messages such as user ID tokens and browser cookies. Usage example:

>>> from randenc import RandomEncryption
>>> import tempfile
>>> enc = RandomEncryption(tempfile.mkdtemp())
>>> code = enc.encrypt({u'message': u'Hello, world!'})
>>> len(code)
>>> enc.decrypt(code)
{u'message': u'Hello, world!'}

The encryption key and signing key are produced automatically (using os.urandom) and stored in the key directory. Each key will be deleted after one hour by default, invalidating all encrypted codes associated with that key.

The encrypt function packs the content using msgpack, compresses it using zlib (unless the compressed version is larger than than the uncompressed version), encrypts it using AES-128 (since AES-128 seems to be considered more secure than AES-256), signs it using HMAC over SHA-256, and encodes in URL-safe base 64 format. The decrypt function reverses that operation. If the code fails validation or has expired, the decrypt function raises DecryptionError.

This package is designed to be compatible with clusters. The keys may be stored on a shared volume using NFS or a FUSE-based filesystem. With a little work, the keys could be stored in a key-value store such as MongoDB.

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