Encrypting/decrypting without mcrypt

It is a little-known fact among members of the general PHP community that the mcrypt extension, the core of most PHP-based encryption considered secure, is anything but secure. One of the biggest issues, from a security perspective, is that the mcrypt extension requires advanced knowledge of cryptography to successfully operate, which few programmers have. This leads to gross misuse and ultimately problems such as a 1 in 256 chance of data corruption. Not good odds. Furthermore, developer support for libmcrypt, the core library upon which the mcrypt extension is based, was abandoned in 2007, which means the code base is out-of-date, bug-ridden, and has no mechanism to apply patches. Accordingly, it is extremely ...

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