Rer: Decrypt problem on Windows

panagiotis merakos merakosp at
Mon Dec 14 06:17:29 EST 2020

Hello Neville,

Could you try to textEncode the encrypted data before saving it in the
custom property, and then, in the other platform, textDecode it before
decrypting it?

i.e. to do something like:

encrypt myData using myCipher with password myPass
put it into tEncryptedData
put textEncode(tEncryptedData, "native") into the cCustomProp of stack "foo"

and then, to decrypt it in the other platform:

put textDecode(the cCustomProp of stack "foo", "native") into tEncryptedData
decrypt tEncryptedData using myCipher with password myPass
put it into myOriginalData

Kind regards,

On Mon, 14 Dec 2020 at 12:43, Neville Smythe via use-livecode <
use-livecode at> wrote:

> The problem is platform-symmetric. That is, a string encrypted in LC on
> Windows will not decrypt on the Mac. Linux will not decrypt a string
> encrypted on the Mac, and presumably vice-versa.
> I did toy with the idea that the encryption keys might be device
> dependent, maybe the public and private keys created by the OpenSSL library
> were being stored in the OS somewhere. But no, a string encrypted on one
> Mac decrypts correctly on a different Mac. So my guess is that the keys are
> being stored by the different platform libraries within LC but not in a
> place known to the library for another platform.
> I believe this is a bug, that is to say, it is not what is intended;
> surely one should be able to store an encrypted string in an LC stack, and
> then any user with the password should be able to decrypt it.
> A workaround is to store a different encrypted string in the standalone
> compiled for each platform — but to do that you need to run LC on each
> platform, not exactly in the spirit of LC! Or not to use SSL encryption; I
> would assume all of the other ciphers available in OpenSSL would behave the
> same way.
> BTW thanks Mark for the suggestion about htppie, it does look cleaner and
> easier than curl. The disadvantage in my case is it would need to be
> installed in each user’s system.
> Neville Smythe
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