Justin Cloud Justin Cloud - 5 months ago 67
Node.js Question

Decrypting AES256 with node.js returns wrong final block length

Using this Gist I was able to successfully decrypt AES256 in Node.js 0.8.7. Then when I upgraded to Node.js 0.10.24, I now see this error:

TypeError: error:0606506D:digital envelope
routines:EVP_DecryptFinal_ex:wrong final block length

at Decipheriv.Cipher.final (crypto.js:292:27)

Here is the decrypt code from the Gist (shown here for convenience):

var crypto = require('crypto');

var AESCrypt = {};

AESCrypt.decrypt = function(cryptkey, iv, encryptdata) {
encryptdata = new Buffer(encryptdata, 'base64').toString('binary');

var decipher = crypto.createDecipheriv('aes-256-cbc', cryptkey, iv),
decoded = decipher.update(encryptdata);

decoded += decipher.final();
return decoded;

AESCrypt.encrypt = function(cryptkey, iv, cleardata) {
var encipher = crypto.createCipheriv('aes-256-cbc', cryptkey, iv),
encryptdata = encipher.update(cleardata);

encryptdata += encipher.final();
encode_encryptdata = new Buffer(encryptdata, 'binary').toString('base64');
return encode_encryptdata;

var cryptkey = crypto.createHash('sha256').update('Nixnogen').digest(),
iv = 'a2xhcgAAAAAAAAAA',
buf = "Here is some data for the encrypt", // 32 chars
enc = AESCrypt.encrypt(cryptkey, iv, buf);
var dec = AESCrypt.decrypt(cryptkey, iv, enc);

console.warn("encrypt length: ", enc.length);
console.warn("encrypt in Base64:", enc);
console.warn("decrypt all: " + dec);


Ok, so there was a change to Crypto in the switch from 0.8 to 0.10 Crypto methods return Buffer objects by default, rather than binary-encoded strings

This means the above code needs to specify encodings.

These four lines:

decoded = decipher.update(encryptdata);
decoded += decipher.final();
encryptdata = encipher.update(cleardata);
encryptdata += encipher.final();

Are changed to:

decoded = decipher.update(encryptdata, 'binary', 'utf8');
decoded += decipher.final('utf8');
encryptdata = encipher.update(cleardata, 'utf8', 'binary');
encryptdata += encipher.final('binary');

This worked for me, but I am open to other suggestions.