Crypto.Cipher.ARC4, bust or me doing something wrong?

Michael Sparks ms at
Tue Sep 20 19:20:50 CEST 2005

Jp Calderone wrote:

> On Tue, 20 Sep 2005 16:08:19 +0100, Michael Sparks <michaels at>
> wrote:
>>I suspect this is a bug with AMK's Crypto package from
>> , but want to
>>check to see if I'm being dumb before posting a bug
>>I'm looking at using this library and to familiarise myself writing
>>small tests with each of the ciphers. When I hit Crypto.Cipher.ARC4 I've
>>found that I can't get it to decode what it encodes. This might be a
>>case of PEBKAC, but I'm trying the following:
>>>>> from Crypto.Cipher import ARC4 as cipher
>>>>> key = "........"
>>>>> obj =
>>>>> obj.encrypt("This is some random text")
>>>>> X=_
>>>>> X
>>>>> obj.decrypt(X)
>>Clearly this decode doesn't match the encode. Me being dumb or bug?
>>Any comments welcome :)
> You need two ARC4 instances.  Performing any operation alters the internal
> state (as it is a stream cipher), which is why your bytes did not come out
> intact.

Ahh. That makes perfect sense. (I thought it must be me missing something)

Many thanks! 




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