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CryptGuard Programming Library

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Introduction

CryptGuard is a comprehensive cryptographic library, offering robust encryption and decryption capabilities. It integrates traditional cryptography with post-quantum algorithms, ensuring resilience against quantum computing threats. Designed for developers, CryptGuard empowers applications to withstand future digital security challenges. Embrace CryptGuard as your trusted ally in safeguarding privacy in the digital realm.

Key Features and Capabilities

This library supports AES-256 and XChaCha20 encryption algorithms, providing a secure means to protect data. To cater to a variety of security requirements and operational contexts, CryptGuard integrates seamlessly with Kyber512, Kyber768, and Kyber1024 for encryption, ensuring compatibility with post-quantum cryptography standards.

For developers who require digital signing capabilities, CryptGuard incorporates Falcon and Dilithium algorithms, offering robust options for creating and verifying digital signatures. This feature is particularly crucial for applications that necessitate authenticity and integrity of data, ensuring that digital communications remain secure and verifiable.

An additional layer of security is provided through the appending of a HMAC (Hash-Based Message Authentication Code) to encrypted data. This critical feature enables the authentication of encrypted information, ensuring that any tampering with the data can be reliably detected. This HMAC attachment underscores CryptGuard's commitment to comprehensive data integrity and security, offering developers and end-users peace of mind regarding the authenticity and safety of their data.

Version Information

Newest Features

Current Release

The present version, 1.2.11, emphasizes detailed cryptographic operations. This version is ideal for those who want a fast but not too complicated, elaborate approach to cryptography and don't want to use asynchronous code. Asynchronous capabilities will be reimplemented in a later update (but this time as a feature). For those who prefer using async implementation, use version 1.0.3 until a later update is released. This version's syntax is more user-friendly and does not require the definition of too many structs like in 1.1.X or 1.1.0 but allows for precise control over the encryption and decryption algorithm as well as the Kyber key size. It allows the usage of Kyber1024, Kyber768, and Kyber512. Now you also can use logging cappabilitys.

Simplifying Encryption and Decryption with Macros

We've introduced new macros to make the encryption and decryption processes more straightforward since we only separate into encryption of bytes and automated encryption of files, thus providing an alternative to the need of manually invoking specific functions such as encrypt_msg, encrypt_file, encrypt_data, and their decryption equivalents. Here’s a guide on how to effectively utilize these macros:

  • Encryption Macro: Use the Encryption! macro for seamless encryption tasks. Provide it with a Kyber public key and it's size, the data you want to encrypt (as a Vec<u8>), a passphrase (as a string slice &str), and finally declarate which encryption algorithm should be used.

    Syntax:

    Encryption!(public_key, [ 1024 | 768 | 512 ], data: Vec<u8>, passphrase, [ AES | XChaCha20 ])
  • Decryption Macro: The Decryption! macro simplifies the decryption process. Supply it with an secret_key of Kyber, the key size, the encrypted data (as Vec<u8>), the passphrase, the ciphertext, and finally declarate which encryption algorithm should be used.

    Syntax:

    Decryption!(secret_key, [ 1024 | 768 | 512 ], data: Vec<u8>, passphrase, cipher, | add nonce here, when using XChaCha20 | , [ AES | XChaCha20 ])
  • File Encryption Macro: We've also implemented a macro specifically for file encryption, EncryptFile!(). This macro is similar to Encryption! but takes a PathBuf for file paths instead of Vec<u8>.

    Syntax:

    EncryptFile!(public_key, [ 1024 | 768 | 512 ], data: PathBuf, passphrase, [ AES | XChaCha20 ])
  • File Decryption Macro: Corresponding to the file encryption macro, the DecryptFile!() macro is designed for file decryption, accepting a PathBuf instead of Vec<u8>.

    Syntax:

    DecryptFile!(secret_key, [ 1024 | 768 | 512 ], data: PathBuf, passphrase, cipher, | add nonce here, when using XChaCha20 | , [ AES | XChaCha20 ])

These macros are intended to make your cryptographic operations more intuitive and less prone to errors, by removing the complexities associated with selecting the appropriate function for different data types. Note that with these macros, it is necessary to convert messages into Vec<u8> before encryption.

Other Changes

  • Simplified Syntax: We've re-engineered the use of Dilithium and Falcon, adopting a straightforward, modular, and flexible approach akin to our encryption and decryption syntax. This enhancement aims to streamline operations for developers.

  • Designed for Versatility: Our library now accommodates various key sizes beyond Falcon1024 and Dilithium5. Specifically, we've introduced Falcon512 for those needing a 512-bit key size. For Dilithium users, we've added support for Dilithium2 and Dilithium3, expanding the range of cryptographic strengths available.

  • Flexibility and Modularity: The recent changes to our implementation for Dilithium and Falcon emphasize a generic and unified interface. This approach not only simplifies usage but also grants developers the flexibility to integrate different algorithms and signature modes seamlessly into their projects. By abstracting the complexity, we ensure that you can focus on what matters most - securing your applications efficiently.

  • Logging Functionality: CryptGuard now includes a new logging feature designed to enhance operational transparency and assist in debugging processes. This logging functionality meticulously records every significant step in the cryptographic process without compromising security. Specifically, it logs the initiation and completion of key generation, message encryption, and decryption processes, including the cryptographic algorithm used (e.g., AES, XChaCha20) and the key encapsulation mechanism (e.g., Kyber1024). Importantly, to uphold the highest standards of security and privacy, CryptGuard's logging mechanism is carefully designed to exclude sensitive information such as encryption keys, unencrypted data, file paths, or any personally identifiable information. This ensures that while users benefit from detailed logs that can aid in troubleshooting and verifying cryptographic operations, there is no risk of exposing sensitive data.

The logging functionality got restructured to be defined by a procedual macro, so it now gets activated using #[crypt_guard::activate_log("LogFilename.txt")], it also requires the user to call initialize_logger();.

Usage Examples

New encrypt and signing as well as decrypt and open macros

CryptGuard's newest release, introduced new macros for encryption and decryption with AES using a kyber1024 key as well as signing and opening of the data with falcon1024. Since these macros are provided for fast usage, the keysizes and the signing key type is already set by default. CryptGuard also introduced new macros for keypair generation.

use crate::{
    cryptography::{
        CryptographicInformation,
        CipherAES,
        hmac_sign::*, 
    },
    Core::kyber::KyberFunctions,
    KDF::*,
    *
}

let message = b"hey, how are you doing?".to_vec();

// Generate falcon1024 keys, alternativly available is the keysize 512.
// You can use for dilithium keypair generation DilithiumKeypair!( [ 2 | 3 | 5 ] )
let (public, secret) = FalconKeypair!(1024);

// Generate kyber1024 keys, alternativly available are the keysizes 768 and 512.
let (public_key, secret_key) = KyberKeypair!(1024);

// Encrypt and sign the data using the new EncryptSign macro, the first key is the public kyber key and the seccond is the secret falcon key.
let (encrypt_message, cipher) = EncryptSign!(public_key, secret, message.clone(), "hey, how are you?").unwrap();

// Decrypt and open the data using the new DecryptOpen macro, the first key is the secret kyber key and the seccond is the public falcon key.
let decrypt_message = DecryptOpen!(secret_key, public, encrypt_message, "hey, how are you?", cipher);

New encryption and decryption macros

use crypt_guard::{
    KyberFunctions,
    KeyControKyber1024,
    KyberKeyFunctions,
    error::*,
    Encryption, 
    Decryption, 
    Kyber1024, 
    Message, 
    AES,
    Kyber,
};

// Since we only allow encryption/ decryption of Vec<u8> or files through selecting a path as &str, please use 
let message = "Hey, how are you doing?".as_bytes().to_owned();
let passphrase = "Test Passphrase";

// Generate key pair
let (public_key, secret_key) = KeyControKyber1024::keypair().expect("Failed to generate keypair");

// Encrypt message with new encryption macro
// Provide it with an instance of Kyber configured for encryption, the data you want to encrypt (this can be a `PathBuf`, a string slice `&str`, or a byte vector `Vec<u8>`), a passphrase (as a string slice `&str`) and the declarator for the symmetric algorithm
let (encrypt_message, cipher) = Encryption!(public_key.clone(), 1024, message, passphrase, AES)?;

// Decrypt message with new decryption macro
// Provide it with a Kyber1024 secret_key for decryption, the data you want to decrypt (this can be a `PathBuf`, a string slice `&str`, or a byte vector `Vec<u8>`), a passphrase (as a string slice `&str`) as well as a ciphertext and the declarator for the symmetric algorithm
let decrypt_message = Decryption!(secret_key, 1024, encrypt_message, passphrase, cipher, AES);
println!("{}", String::from_utf8(decrypt_message?).expect("Failed to convert decrypted message to string"));
Ok(())

Usage of the new macros with a file

use crypt_guard::{
    KyberFunctions,
    KeyControKyber1024,
    KyberKeyFunctions,
    error::*,
    Encryption, 
    Decryption, 
    Kyber1024, 
    Message, 
    AES,
    Kyber,
};

// Since we only allow encryption/ decryption of Vec<u8> or files through selecting a path as &str
let path = "./message.txt";
let passphrase = "Test Passphrase";

// Generate key pair
let (public_key, secret_key) = KeyControKyber1024::keypair().expect("Failed to generate keypair");

// Encrypt message with new encryption macro
// Provide it with an instance of Kyber configured for encryption, the data you want to encrypt (this can be a `PathBuf`, a string slice `&str`, or a byte vector `Vec<u8>`), a passphrase (as a string slice `&str`) and boolean checking if it is a file
let (encrypt_message, cipher) = EncryptFile!(public_key.clone(), 1024, PathBuf::from(&path), passphrase, AES)?;

// Decrypt message with new decryption macro
// Provide it with an instance of Kyber configured for decryption, the data you want to decrypt (this can be a `PathBuf`, a string slice `&str`, or a byte vector `Vec<u8>`), a passphrase (as a string slice `&str`) as well as a ciphertext and boolean checking if it is a file
let decrypt_message = DecryptFile!(secret_key, 1024, PathBuf::from(format!("{}.enc", path)), passphrase, cipher, AES);
println!("{}", String::from_utf8(decrypt_message?).expect("Failed to convert decrypted message to string"));
Ok(())

The Logging feature

CryptGuard recently introduced a new logging feature, meticulously designed to offer comprehensive insights into cryptographic operations while prioritizing security and privacy.

Activating the log is enough

Upon activation, CryptGuard logs each significant cryptographic operation, including key generation, encryption, and decryption processes. These logs are stored in log.txt and, for enhanced organization and accessibility, are also split into individual process logs within an automatically created directory named after the log file (log).

use crypt_guard::*;

#[activate_log("log.txt")]
fn main() -> Result<(), Box<dyn std::error::Error>> {
    // Initialize the logger struct which in the lib is defined through lazzy_static!
    let _ = initialize_logger(); 

    // Define message and passphrase
    let message = "Hey, how are you doing?";
    let passphrase = "Test Passphrase";

    // Generate key pair
    let (public_key, secret_key) = KeyControKyber1024::keypair().expect("Failed to generate keypair");

    // Instantiate Kyber for encryption with Kyber1024
    let mut encryptor = Kyber::<Encryption, Kyber1024, Files, AES>::new(public_key.clone(), None)?;

    // Encrypt message
    let (encrypt_message, cipher) = encryptor.encrypt_msg(message.clone(), passphrase.clone())?;

    // Instantiate Kyber for decryption with Kyber1024
    let mut decryptor = Kyber::<Decryption, Kyber1024, Files, AES>::new(secret_key, None)?;

    // Decrypt message
    let decrypt_message = decryptor.decrypt_msg(encrypt_message.clone(), passphrase.clone(), cipher)?;

    // Convert Vec<u8> to String for comparison
    let decrypted_text = String::from_utf8(decrypt_message).expect("Failed to convert decrypted message to string");
    println!("{}", decrypted_text);
}

New signature syntax for dilithium and falcon

Signing and opening from "messages" with Falcon

use crypt_guard::KDF::*;

// Create a new keypair
let (public_key, secret_key) = Falcon1024::keypair();

// Save the keys, in the case of Falcon1024, they are saved in the folder ./Falcon1024/key(.pub & .sec)
let _ = Falcon1024::save_public(&public_key);
let _ = Falcon1024::save_secret(&secret_key);

let data = b"Hello, world!".to_vec();
let sign = Signature::<Falcon1024, Message>::new();
// Sign the message
let signed_message = sign.signature(data.clone(), secret_key);

// Open the message
let opened_message = sign.open(signed_message, public_key);

Creating and verifying detached signature with Dilithium 5

use crypt_guard::KDF::*;

// Load the public and secret dilithium 5 key
let public_key = Dilithium5::load(&PathBuf::from("./Dilithium5/key.pub"))?;
let secret_key = Dilithium5::load(&PathBuf::from("./Dilithium5/key.sec"))?;

let data = b"Hello, world!".to_vec();

let sign = Signature::<Dilithium5, Detached>::new();

// Create a detached signature
let signature = sign.signature(data.clone(), secret_key);

// Verify the detached signature
let is_valid = sign.verify(data, signature, public_key);

Cryptographic Operations

Generating and Saving a Key Pair

This example illustrates generating a key pair and saving it to files, leveraging the KeyControKyber1024::keypair() method for key pair generation and the KeyControl::<KeyControKyber1024> instance for setting and saving the keys.

// Generate a keypair
let (public_key, secret_key) = KeyControKyber1024::keypair().unwrap();

let keycontrol = KeyControl::<KeyControKyber1024>::new();

// Save Public and Secret key while defining the folder (./key).
keycontrol.set_public_key(public_key.clone()).unwrap();
keycontrol.save(KeyTypes::PublicKey, "./key".into()).unwrap();

keycontrol.set_secret_key(secret_key.clone()).unwrap();
keycontrol.save(KeyTypes::SecretKey, "./key".into()).unwrap();

Encryption of a Message using AES

let message = "Hey, how are you doing?";
let passphrase = "Test Passphrase";

// Instantiate Kyber for encryption of a message with Kyber1024 and AES
// Fails when not using either of these properties since it would be the wrong type of algorithm, data, keysize or process!
let mut encryptor = Kyber::<Encryption, Kyber1024, Message, AES>::new(public_key.clone(), None)?;

// Encrypt message
let (encrypt_message, cipher) = encryptor.encrypt_msg(message.clone(), passphrase.clone())?;

// Save the ciphertext for decryption in folder ./key
key_control.set_ciphertext(cipher.clone()).unwrap();
key_control.save(KeyTypes::Ciphertext, "./key".into()).unwrap();

Encryption of a Data using AES

let message = "Hey, how are you doing?".as_bytes().to_owned();
let passphrase = "Test Passphrase";

// Instantiate Kyber for encryption of a message with Kyber1024 and AES
// Fails when not using either of these properties since it would be the wrong type of algorithm, data, keysize or process!
let mut encryptor = Kyber::<Encryption, Kyber1024, Data, AES>::new(public_key.clone(), None)?;

// Encrypt message
let (encrypt_message, cipher) = encryptor.encrypt_data(message.clone(), passphrase.clone())?;

// Save the ciphertext for decryption in folder ./key
key_control.set_ciphertext(cipher.clone()).unwrap();
key_control.save(KeyTypes::Ciphertext, "./key".into()).unwrap();

Decryption of a File using AES

let cipher = key_control.load(KeyTypes::Ciphertext, Path::new("./key/ciphertext.ct"));
let secret_key = key_control.load(KeyTypes::SecretKey, Path::new("./key/secret_key.sec"));

// Instantiate Kyber for decryption of a message with Kyber1024 and AES
// Fails when not using either of these properties since it would be the wrong type of algorithm, data, keysize or process!
let mut decryptor = Kyber::<Decryption, Kyber1024, Files, AES>::new(secret_key, None)?;

// Decrypt message
let decrypt_message = decryptor.decrypt_msg(encrypt_message.clone(), passphrase.clone(), cipher)?;

// Print the decrypted text
println!("{:?}", String::from_utf8(decrypt_message));

Encryption and decryption of a message written into a file with XChaCha20

let message = "Hey, how are you doing?";

let tmp_dir = TempDir::new().map_err(|e| CryptError::from(e))?;
let tmp_dir = Builder::new().prefix("messages").tempdir().map_err(|e| CryptError::from(e))?;

let enc_path = tmp_dir.path().clone().join("message.txt");
let dec_path = tmp_dir.path().clone().join("message.txt.enc"); 

fs::write(&enc_path, message.as_bytes())?;

let passphrase = "Test Passphrase";

// Generate key pair
let (public_key, secret_key) = KeyControKyber768::keypair().expect("Failed to generate keypair");

// Instantiate Kyber for encryption of a file with Kyber768 and XChaCha20
// Fails when not using either of these properties since it would be the wrong type of algorithm, data, keysize or process!
let mut encryptor = Kyber::<Encryption, Kyber768, Files, XChaCha20>::new(public_key.clone(), None)?;

// Encrypt message
let (encrypt_message, cipher) = encryptor.encrypt_file(enc_path.clone(), passphrase.clone())?;

let nonce = encryptor.get_nonce();

fs::remove_file(enc_path.clone());

// Instantiate Kyber for decryption of a file with Kyber768 and XChaCha20
// Fails when not using either of these properties since it would be the wrong type of algorithm, data, keysize or process!
let mut decryptor = Kyber::<Decryption, Kyber768, Files, XChaCha20>::new(secret_key, Some(nonce?.to_string()))?;

// Decrypt message
let decrypt_message = decryptor.decrypt_file(dec_path.clone(), passphrase.clone(), cipher)?;

Conclusion and Looking Forward

We appreciate your engagement with our cryptographic library. As we strive to improve and evolve, your feedback and contributions are invaluable. The anticipated update promises to make cryptography more accessible and straightforward for everyone.

Thank you for your support and for making security a priority in your projects.

License

CryptGuard is licensed under the MIT LICENSE. The full license text is available in the LICENSE file in the repository.

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