Tuesday, April 27, 2010

3DES Encrypt data with Novell IDM

If you check the blog prior to this one, I developed a method to call a web service URL from within any driver for Novell IDM.  This is all good, but what happens if we need to pass sensitive data in this URL.  We can't just do a GET operation with a URL that has a password in clear text, that's just asking for trouble.

What we do to protect this data is to throw some 3DES encryption on it before we throw the args on the end.  With the 3DES encryption, we also need a function to URLEncode the contents so the URL is written in a language the browser can send across.  Once again, I used some ECMAScript and code to get this done.

Please note, you will need to generate your own encryption key, then also use this key and similar code on the remote side to decrypt the contents to read it.

Here is the code.  The first portion is two functions.  The first function encrypts the data string passed to it, then passes it to the second function which will URLEncode it.


function DESEncrypt(theString) {
    try {
            var secretKey   = new SecretKeySpec(new Packages.sun.misc.BASE64Decoder().decodeBuffer(new java.lang.String("thisiswhereyouputyourkey")), "DESede");
            var ecipher = new Cipher.getInstance("DESede");
            ecipher.init(Cipher.ENCRYPT_MODE, secretKey);
            var utf8 = new java.lang.String(theString).getBytes("UTF8");
            var enc = ecipher.doFinal(utf8);
            return EncodeURLString(new Packages.sun.misc.BASE64Encoder().encode(enc));
        } catch (e) {
            return e.toString();
        return null;

function EncodeURLString(theContents) {
    try {
        return new URLEncoder.encode(theContents, "UTF8");
    } catch (e) {
        return e.toString();
    return null;

Once this ECMAScript is saved, pushed up, then called into your IDM, you can call it like this:

            <do-set-local-variable name="lv.EncryptedArgs" scope="policy">
                    <token-xpath expression="es:DESEncrypt($myArgs)"/>

Now, you have your encrypted arguments stored in a local variable, all nice and URL encoded.  Just tack it on the end of a URL and call it with the code defined in the previous blog article and you have now sent encrypted data across the wire.


  1. Hi, i don't get it to work
    "Encrypted value is JavaException: java.security.InvalidKeyException: Invalid key length: 18 bytes"
    We use IDM 3.61, did you do it on IDM 4?