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Cryptnos Online Version 1.3 Released

July 15th, 2013 | Comment?

After a long, frustrating bout of testing and tweaking, we’re exhausted but happy to announce that Cryptnos Online version 1.3 has been released. If you have the production alias URL bookmarked, you should be seeing the new version immediately. Note that due to some aggressive client-side caching rules here on our site, you may need to force a refresh or clear your browser cache in order to see the change.

This is essentially a bug fix, but it did require a fundamental back-end change to our implementation. I’m not entirely sure why this occurred, but our previous implementation, based on some great scripts by Paul Johnston and other contributors, seemed to break in Safari under iOS 6.1.3. We managed to narrow down the problem to just the SHA-512 implementation, but we couldn’t find a way to work within that implementation to fix it. After some experimentation, we found that the great CryptoJS library worked without a hitch and could be used almost as a drop-in replacement for our adaptation of Johnston’s scripts.

We’re going ahead and releasing this as our new current production version, but we could use some testing contributions from folks who use non-Latin character sets. In theory, the CryptoJS library uses UTF-8 internally, which is what we here at Cryptnos use as well. However, we haven’t had a chance to thoroughly test it with non-Latin characters yet. If you regularly use non-Latin characters in Cryptnos and can compare the results generated by Cryptnos Online against the results from the Windows or Android clients, that would be greatly appreciated.

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