demonslayer319 demonslayer319 - 1 year ago 74
Objective-C Question

How do I create an MD5 Hash of a string in Cocoa?

I know SHA-1 is preferred, but this project requires I use MD5.

#include <openssl/md5.h>

- (NSString*) MD5Hasher: (NSString*) query {
NSData* hashed = [query dataUsingEncoding:NSUTF8StringEncoding];
unsigned char *digest = MD5([hashed bytes], [hashed length], NULL);
NSString *final = [NSString stringWithUTF8String: (char *)digest];
return final;

I got this code from an answer to another similar question on StackOverflow, but I get the following error from GDB when the program breaks at return final;

(gdb) p digest
$1 = (unsigned char *) 0xa06310e4 "\0206b\260/\336\316^\021\b\a/9\310\225\204"
(gdb) po final
Cannot access memory at address 0x0
(gdb) po digest

Program received signal EXC_BAD_ACCESS, Could not access memory.
Reason: KERN_INVALID_ADDRESS at address: 0xb0623630
0x98531ed7 in objc_msgSend ()
The program being debugged was signaled while in a function called from GDB.
GDB has restored the context to what it was before the call.
To change this behavior use "set unwindonsignal off"
Evaluation of the expression containing the function
(_NSPrintForDebugger) will be abandoned.

I can't make any sense of it.

Answer Source

This is the category I use:


@interface NSString (MD5)

- (NSString *)MD5String;



#import <CommonCrypto/CommonDigest.h>

@implementation NSString (MD5)

- (NSString *)MD5String {
    const char *cstr = [self UTF8String];
    unsigned char result[16];
    CC_MD5(cstr, strlen(cstr), result);

    return [NSString stringWithFormat:
        result[0], result[1], result[2], result[3], 
        result[4], result[5], result[6], result[7],
        result[8], result[9], result[10], result[11],
        result[12], result[13], result[14], result[15]



NSString *myString = @"test";
NSString *md5 = [myString MD5String]; // returns NSString of the MD5 of test
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