String Encryption

Babel Obfuscator provides the ability to encrypt code-inline strings using integrated string encryption algorithms. In addition to these built-in encryption algorithms, Babel also allows for custom string algorithms to be implemented through external code or plugins. This enables users to create their own unique encryption methods tailored to their specific needs.

Configuring String Encryption

Configuring string encryption with Babel Obfuscator involves selecting an encryption algorithm and setting it up for your application. Babel supports XOR and HASH algorithms out of the box, which can be configured in Babel UI, via command line flags or within your MSBuild project file for integration into your build process. For those with more specific needs, Babel also offers the capability to implement Custom string encryption methods.

Whether opting for built-in algorithms or custom implementations, configuring string encryption enhances the security of your application by protecting sensitive strings from straightforward interception or manipulation.

Encryption Of Const Strings

A limitation within Babel Obfuscator is its inability to encrypt constant (const) strings because they are compiled into the application's metadata, making them directly accessible by the CLR at runtime. To enable encryption for these strings, they must be converted to static readonly (for C#) or Shared ReadOnly (for VB.NET) fields. This approach allows Babel Obfuscator to process and encrypt such strings, thereby enhancing the security of your application by safeguarding sensitive information that would otherwise be exposed in plain text.

// Strings declared const cannot be encrypted
public const string Connection = "Server=myServerAddress;Database=myDB;...";

// To encrypt, convert the above declaration to static readonly
public static readonly string Connection = "Server=myServerAddress;Database=myDB;...";

User Interface

To configure string encryption in Babel's User Interface, navigate to the settings section dedicated to encryption. Here, you will find options to select the desired encryption algorithm, such as XOR or HASH. For those requiring customized encryption methods, Babel UI also provides the functionality to specify custom algorithms.

Simply choose your preferred encryption type from the available list and save the settings. For custom encryption, ensure you have the necessary EncryptString and DecryptString methods properly defined in your code. By utilizing Babel's intuitive user interface, configuring string encryption becomes a straightforward process, enhancing your application's security with just a few clicks.

XOR Algorithm

The XOR algorithm used by Babel Obfuscator for string encryption is a simple one that involves XOR-ing the in-line string characters with a random integer key. This method has the advantage of allowing for faster decryption and less load time compared to other encryption algorithms.

Command Line

To configure the XOR encryption algorithm for your application using Babel Obfuscator from the command line, use the simple command:

babel myapp.exe --string xor

This command instructs Babel to apply XOR encryption to the inline strings within your application executable, leveraging the simplicity and speed of the XOR algorithm for secure string obfuscation.

MSBuild Babel Task

Configuring the XOR algorithm for string encryption in your project using the Babel MSBuild task is straightforward. Simply add a property group and a Babel task to your MSBuild project file with the specific configuration for the XOR encryption method:


<Babel StringEncryption="$(StringEncryption)" />

This configuration ensures that Babel Obfuscator will apply the XOR encryption algorithm to the strings in your project, enhancing their security and making them more resistant to tampering and reverse-engineering efforts.

HASH Algorithm

The HASH algorithm used by Babel Obfuscator is based on hash tables addressed by integer keys. This algorithm performs both compression and encryption of string data, which can help to reduce the overall file size of the string data. However, since the compressed string data needs to be decrypted at runtime, it can have an impact on the load time of the application. Compared to the XOR algorithm, which xor-ed the inlined string characters with a random integer key, the HASH algorithm offers better protection against string decryption attacks but at the cost of a slower load time.

Command Line

To set up HASH encryption with Babel Obfuscator via CLI, use this command:

babel myapp.exe --string hash

MSBuild Babel Task

To enable HASH encryption using Babel's MSBuild task, set the StringEncryption property as follow:


<Babel StringEncryption="$(StringEncryption)" />

This integration of the HASH algorithm ensures that during the build process, your project's strings are adequately protected.

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