AES is very fast and secure, and it is the de facto standard for symmetric encryption.
As an example, encryption can be done as follows:
>>> from Crypto.Cipher import AES >>> >>> key = b'Sixteen byte key' >>> cipher = AES.new(key, AES.MODE_EAX) >>> >>> nonce = cipher.nonce >>> ciphertext, tag = cipher.encrypt_and_digest(data)
The recipient can obtain the original message using the same key
and the incoming triple
(nonce, ciphertext, tag):
>>> from Crypto.Cipher import AES >>> >>> key = b'Sixteen byte key' >>> cipher = AES.new(key, AES.MODE_EAX, nonce=nonce) >>> plaintext = cipher.decrypt(ciphertext) >>> try: >>> cipher.verify(tag) >>> print("The message is authentic:", plaintext) >>> except ValueError: >>> print("Key incorrect or message corrupted")
Constants for the modes of operation supported with AES (
- Crypto.Cipher.AES.new(key, mode, *args, **kwargs)¶
Create a new AES cipher.
key (bytes/bytearray/memoryview) –
The secret key to use in the symmetric cipher.
It must be 16 (AES-128), 24 (AES-192) or 32 (AES-256) bytes long.
MODE_SIVonly, it doubles to 32, 48, or 64 bytes.
MODE_*constant) – The chaining mode to use for encryption or decryption. If in doubt, use
- Keyword Arguments:
iv (bytes/bytearray/memoryview) –
(Only applicable for
The initialization vector to use for encryption or decryption.
MODE_OFBit must be 16 bytes long.
MODE_OPENPGPmode only, it must be 16 bytes long for encryption and 18 bytes for decryption (in the latter case, it is actually the encrypted IV which was prefixed to the ciphertext).
If not provided, a random byte string is generated (you must then read its value with the
nonce (bytes/bytearray/memoryview) –
(Only applicable for
A value that must never be reused for any other encryption done with this key (except possibly for
MODE_SIV, see below).
MODE_SIVthere are no restrictions on its length (recommended: 16 bytes).
MODE_CCM, its length must be in the range [7..13]. Bear in mind that with CCM there is a trade-off between nonce length and maximum message size. Recommendation: 11 bytes.
MODE_OCB, its length must be in the range [1..15] (recommended: 15).
MODE_CTR, its length must be in the range [0..15] (recommended: 8).
MODE_SIV, the nonce is optional, if it is not specified, then no nonce is being used, which renders the encryption deterministic.
If not provided, for modes other than
MODE_SIV, a random byte string of the recommended length is used (you must then read its value with the
segment_size (integer) – (Only
MODE_CFB).The number of bits the plaintext and ciphertext are segmented in. It must be a multiple of 8. If not specified, it will be assumed to be 8.
mac_len (integer) –
MODE_CCM) Length of the authentication tag, in bytes.
It must be even and in the range [4..16]. The recommended value (and the default, if not specified) is 16.
msg_len (integer) – (Only
MODE_CCM). Length of the message to (de)cipher. If not specified,
encryptmust be called with the entire message. Similarly,
decryptcan only be called once.
assoc_len (integer) – (Only
MODE_CCM). Length of the associated data. If not specified, all associated data is buffered internally, which may represent a problem for very large messages.
initial_value (integer or bytes/bytearray/memoryview) – (Only
MODE_CTR). The initial value for the counter. If not present, the cipher will start counting from 0. The value is incremented by one for each block. The counter number is encoded in big endian mode.
counter (object) – (Only
MODE_CTR). Instance of
Crypto.Util.Counter, which allows full customization of the counter block. This parameter is incompatible to both
use_aesni – (boolean): Use Intel AES-NI hardware extensions (default: use if available).
an AES object, of the applicable mode.