Re: binary password in SQL??

Roland de Ruiter <>
Sat, 29 Apr 2006 11:38:55 +0200
<44533431$0$31641$> wrote:


I used this function to convert the password to a hashe value

    public static byte[] getKeyedDigest(byte[] buffer, byte[] key)
throws NoSuchAlgorithmException {
        MessageDigest md5 = MessageDigest.getInstance("MD5");
        return md5.digest(key);

But the output was completely invalid to use for SQL to save in a field


Without doing a binary save - how can I easily convert the output to
regular ascii?



Convert the byte array (IIRC 16 bytes for MD5) to a hexadecimal String
representation (2 characters for each byte: 32 in total for MD5)

byte[] md5sum = getKeyedDigest(yourBuffer, yourKey);
StringBuffer buf = new StringBuffer(2 * md5sum.length);
for (int i = 0; i < md5sum.length; i++ {
     // convert signed byte to its "unsigned" integer value
     int byte_i = md5sum[i] & 0x000000ff;
     // convert i'th byte to hexadecimal string repr
     String hex = Integer.toHexString(byte_i);
     // add leading 0 if i'th byte was less than 16.
     if (hex.length() == 1) {
         buf.append('0'); // add leading 0
     } /* else {
         // otherwise hex repr of the i'th byte consists of 2 chars
         assert hex.length() == 2
     } */
String md5sumRepr = buf.toString();
return md5sumRepr;


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