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The DES algorithm has been around for a long time, and the 56-bit version is now easily crackable (in less than a day on fairly most equipment). An enhancement, and one which is still fairly compatible with DES, is the 3-DES algorithm. It has three phases, and splits the key into two. Overall the key size is typically 112 bits (with a combination of the three keys - of which two of the keys are the same). The algorithm is EncryptK3( DecryptK2( EncryptK1(message), where K1 and K3 are typically the same (to keep compatibility).


Encryption key:

Encrypted stream:


and to test, the decrypted text is:


In this case, if we try "test" as the key we get:

"Specified key is a known weak key for 'TripleDES' and cannot be used." and it will not encrypt.

As a test: "Hello how are you?" with a stronger key of "m65hhhgfd"  which should give:


The code is:


TripleDES threedes = new TripleDESCryptoServiceProvider();

threedes.Key = StringToByte(this.tbKey.Text, 24); // convert to 24 characters - 192 bits
threedes.IV = StringToByte(" ");
byte[] key = threedes.Key;
byte[] IV = threedes.IV;

ICryptoTransform encryptor = threedes.CreateEncryptor(key, IV);

MemoryStream msEncrypt = new MemoryStream();
CryptoStream csEncrypt = new CryptoStream(msEncrypt, encryptor, CryptoStreamMode.Write);

// Write all data to the crypto stream and flush it.
csEncrypt.Write(StringToByte(this.tbMessage.Text), 0, StringToByte(this.tbMessage.Text).Length);

// Get the encrypted array of bytes.
byte[] encrypted = msEncrypt.ToArray();

this.tbEncrypt.Text = ByteToString(encrypted);

ICryptoTransform decryptor = threedes.CreateDecryptor(key, IV);

// Now decrypt the previously encrypted message using the decryptor
MemoryStream msDecrypt = new MemoryStream(encrypted);
CryptoStream csDecrypt = new CryptoStream(msDecrypt, decryptor, CryptoStreamMode.Read);

this.tbDecrypt.Text = ByteToString(csDecrypt);
catch (Exception ex)

this.tbEncrypt.Text = ex.Message.ToString();