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Thread: Help With Java Encryption Program

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    Default Help With Java Encryption Program

    Right, i am in dire need of help, I have been given a java assignment to do where I need to write code which first reads in a line of text from the keyboard, displays that line, encrypts it, displays the encrypted text, decrypts the encrypted text and finally displays the decrypted text (which should look like the original).

    Its to be made as an expansion of the following code:
    This is the first Class (Caeser)

    /** Class for doing encryption and decryption using the Caesar Cipher. */
    public class Caeser {
    public static final int ALPHASIZE = 26; // English alphabet(uppercase)
    public static final char[] alpha =
    protected char[] encrypt = new char[ALPHASIZE]; // Encryption array
    protected char[] decrypt = new char[ALPHASIZE]; // Decryption array
    /** Constructor that initializes the encryption and decryption arrays */
    public Caeser() {
    for (int i=0; i<ALPHASIZE; i++)
    encrypt[i] = alpha[(i + 3) % ALPHASIZE]; // rotate by 3 places
    for (int i=0; i<ALPHASIZE; i++)
    decrypt[encrypt[i] - 'A'] = alpha[i]; // reverse of encrypt
    /** Encryption method */
    public String encrypt(String secret) {
    char[] mess = secret.toCharArray(); // the message array
    for (int i=0; i<mess.length; i++) // encryption loop
    if (Character.isUpperCase(mess[i])) // we have a letter to change
    mess[i] = encrypt[mess[i] - 'A']; // encrypt letter
    return new String(mess);
    /** Decryption method */
    public String decrypt(String secret) {
    char[] mess = secret.toCharArray(); // the message array
    for (int i=0; i<mess.length; i++) // decryption loop
    if (Character.isUpperCase(mess[i])) // we have a letter to change
    mess[i] = decrypt[mess[i] - 'A']; // decrypt letter
    return new String(mess);
    /** Simple class for testing the Caesar cipher */

    This is the second class - CaeserTryOut

    public class CaeserTryOut {
    public static void main(String[] args) {
    Caeser cipher = new Caeser(); // Create a Caesar cipher object
    String secret = "THE EAGLE IS IN PLAY; MEET AT JOE'S.";
    secret = cipher.encrypt(secret);
    System.out.println(secret); // the cipher text
    secret = cipher.decrypt(secret);
    System.out.println(secret); // should be original again

    But I am so rusty with java as i have not used it in a while that I have no idea where to go from this...All i know is that I need to generate a random replacement for each character :S

    "The encryption should involve generating a random replacement for each character (both upper and lower case), while ensuring that the same character appearing more than once in the original is replaced by the same character in the coded string. You must also ensure that no two characters in the original are coded as the same character in the coded string, in order to enable successful decryption. Non-alphabetic characters in the original should remain as they are in the coded string. The code should include instance methods to encrypt and decrypt, both taking a string passed as parameter.
    Both upper and lower-case characters should be encrypted and characters in the decrypted message should match the case of those in the original message."

    Even is someone can just point me in the right direction, Thanks!

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    Default Re: Help With Java Encryption Program

    Quote Originally Posted by JonnySKK
    I need to generate a random replacement for each character
    I would use a "random shuffle algorithm" to create a character array that has a "random" replacement for each character in the original [A-Z] array.

    Here's a testbed:

    import java.util.*;
    public class Z {
        public static void main(String [] args) {
            char [] plain = new char[26];
            char thisChar = 'A';
            for (int i = 0; i < 26; i++) {
                plain[i] = thisChar++;
            System.out.printf("Plain      :");
            char [] enc = Arrays.copyOf(plain, plain.length);
            System.out.printf("Encode Key :");
        } // End main()
        static void printArray(char [] x) {
            for (int i = 0; i < x.length; i++) {
                System.out.printf("%c", (char)x[i]);
        static void randomShuffle(char [] x) {
          // Suggestion: Use "The modern algorithm" pseudo-code from
          //the wikipedia article "Fisher-Yates shuffle"

    Not familiar with 'random shuffle'?

    See "The Modern Algorithm" pseudo-code at Fisher-Yates shuffle - wikipedia

    It translates to about five or six lines of Java. It's really simple, very efficient (requires a grand total of 25 values from a "random" number generator), and it is mathematically robust, as indicated in the wikipedia article and in Volume 2 (Seminumerical Algorithms) of Knuth's The Art of Computer Programming.

    A run or two or three:





    I could go on all day...


    Last edited by Zaphod_b; October 9th, 2012 at 06:47 PM.

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