XOR+ text cipher (toy)

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XOR+ text cipher (toy)

#1 Post by dmg » Wed Dec 18, 2013 2:33 am

XOR+ is a text cipher application meant for entertainment and educational purposes. It enciphers and deciphers text using a simple XOR cipher, followed by multiple transposition, homophonic substitution and obfuscation steps.

http://www.portablefreeware.com/index.php?id=2561

Please have a look and vote! :)
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Re: XOR+ text cipher (toy)

#2 Post by SYSTEM » Wed Dec 18, 2013 3:02 am

I removed XOR+ from the "Security - Privacy Tools" category. IMHO, "toy encryption" applications don't belong there.
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Re: XOR+ text cipher (toy)

#3 Post by dmg » Wed Dec 18, 2013 12:06 pm

I agree, in principal, which is why I did not add it to Security - Encryption/Decryption. However, I consider there to be a significant difference between security and privacy. The XOR+ cipher is NOT a secure encryption but it is perfectly suitable as a privacy tool, as long as the user is warned about its shortcomings. Privacy only requires significant obfuscation, not necessarily encryption.

However, I defer to your judgment...
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Re: XOR+ text cipher (toy)

#4 Post by webfork » Thu Dec 19, 2013 6:46 pm

dmg wrote:I removed XOR+ from the "Security - Privacy Tools" category.
With a disclaimer like this:
from the entry wrote:XOR+ is NOT intended to perform any security function
... that makes sense.
dmg wrote:Privacy only requires significant obfuscation, not necessarily encryption.
I think you can safely say that there are various different levels of both privacy and security, but I get your point.

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Re: XOR+ text cipher (toy)

#5 Post by webfork » Sun Dec 22, 2013 10:50 am

webfork wrote:
dmg wrote:Privacy only requires significant obfuscation, not necessarily encryption.
I think you can safely say that there are various different levels of both privacy and security, but I get your point.
I spent some time editing the entry to hopefully reflect this. See what you think.

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Re: XOR+ text cipher (toy)

#6 Post by dmg » Sun Dec 22, 2013 3:54 pm

Looks good, thanks. 8)
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Re: XOR+ text cipher (toy)

#7 Post by dmg » Sun Dec 29, 2013 6:14 pm

I found and fixed a minor glitch in how XOR+ handled new line characters. I have updated the app entry.
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