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Uses SSH agent to encrypt/decrypt arbitrary data

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sagecipher (ssh agent cipher) provides an AES cipher, whose key is obtained by signing nonce data via SSH agent. The cipher is illustrated in the diagram below.


pip install sagecipher


Before using, ssh-agent must be running with at least one ssh-key available for producing cipher key material:

$ source <(ssh-agent)
Agent pid 3710

$ ssh-add
Enter passphrase for /home/somebody/.ssh/id_rsa:
Identity added: /home/somebody/.ssh/id_rsa (/home/somebody/.ssh/id_rsa)
If ssh-agent is not available or does not have any keys available, expect to see a
sagecipher.cipher.SshAgentKeyError Exception:
>>> from sagecipher import *
>>> cfail = SshAgentCipher()
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "<stdin>", line 1, in <module>
  File "sagecipher/", line 101, in __init__
    signature = sign_via_agent(self.challenge, self.fingerprint)
  File "sagecipher/", line 230, in sign_via_agent
    raise SshAgentKeyError(SshAgentKeyError.E_NO_KEYS)
sagecipher.cipher.SshAgentKeyError: SSH agent is not running or no keys are available

Using sagecipher in a Python program

>>> from sagecipher import Cipher
>>> # Encrypts using the first SSH key available from SSH agent...
>>> enc_text = Cipher.encrypt_string("hello, world")
>>> text = Cipher.decrypt_string(enc_text)
>>> text
"hello, world"

Using the cli tool to provide on-demand decryption to other tools

Check sagecipher --help for usage. By default, the ‘decrypt’ operation will create a FIFO file, and then start a loop to decrypt out to the FIFO whenever it is opened.

$ sagecipher encrypt - encfile
Key not specified.  Please select from the following...
Selection (1..2): [1]:
Reading from STDIN...

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$ sagecipher decrypt encfile
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$ mkfifo decfile
$ sagecipher decrypt encfile decfile &
[1] 16753
$ cat decfile # decfile is just a FIFO
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