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Additional Encryption Information

This topic addresses additional information about InterSystems IRIS® data platform encryption.

Key File Encryption Information

Database encryption administrator names are stored in the clear in the key file. Database encryption administrator passwords are not stored; when entered, they are used, along with other data, to derive key-encryption keys. If someone can successfully guess a valid password, the password policy is too weak. Key-encryption keys are derived using the PBKDF2 algorithm with 512 bits of salt and 65,536 iterations, making dictionary and brute force attacks impractical.

About Calls to Perform Encryption, Hashing, and Other Key-Related Operations

InterSystems IRIS allows you to perform actions related to data encryption, Base64 encoding, hashing, and generating message authentication codes using various methods of the %SYSTEM.EncryptionOpens in a new window class. It includes methods that invoke AES encryption, various RSA algorithms, SHA-256 hash functions, and more. Some of the calls include:

An Example of Using RSAEncrypt and RSADecrypt

Below is an example of using the RSAEncrypt and RSADecrypt calls. It assumes that:

  • The code is running on Windows.

  • There is an available certificate, private key, and certificate authority (CA) certificate. (To try this example, you will need to obtain these.)

  • All three of these items are in the C:\Keys\ directory.

See the comments within the example for more details of its operations.

 set dir = "C:\Keys\" 

 // certificate for the instance performing encryption and decryption
 // and private key associated with that above certificate 
 set cert = dir_"test.crt" 
 set key = dir_"test.key" 

 // certificate for the CA of the instance
 set cacert=dir_"ca.crt" 

 set data = "data to be encrypted" 

 // create a local set of X.509 credentials with the 
 // certificate and private key
 set credentials = ##class(%SYS.X509Credentials).%New() 
 set credentials.Alias="TestCreds" 
 write credentials.LoadCertificate(cert) 
 write credentials.LoadPrivateKey(key) 
 write credentials.Save(),! 

 // encrypt the data using the public key in the certificate, write it 
 // to the display, and display error information, if there is any
 set ciphertext=$System.Encryption.RSAEncrypt(data,credentials.Certificate,cacert) 
 write ciphertext,! 
 write $System.Encryption.RSASHA1GetLastError() 
  
 // decrypt the data using the private key, write it to the display,
 // and display error information, if there is any
 write "now decrypting -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-",! 
 set cleartext=$System.Encryption.RSADecrypt(ciphertext,creds.PrivateKey) 
 write cleartext,! 
 write $System.Encryption.RSASHA1GetLastError() 
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