Can the Chilkat library be used to decrypt a large file (<10 Gb) stored on the Hard disk to a memory buffer ? We are using XP 64 bit computer. Is there any size limitation ? What is the typical decryption time (10Gb File using 1024 bit private key)? If we want to deploy the application do we have to pay additional royalties ? Answers
First for some quick answers, then I’ll describe how you would go about decrypting a 10GB encrypted file.
1) Yes, it is possible to decrypt a 10GB file into memory (see more below).
2) Yes, 64-bit Windows OS is supported.
3) There are no size limitations.
4) When you say “1024 bit private key” you’re implying public-key encryption (i.e. RSA). You would never use RSA encryption/decryption directly with a large amount of data — it would take a LONG LONG time. RSA is typically used to encrypt/decrypt symmetric keys for bulk encryption algorithms such as AES, Blowfish, etc., and these are the algorithms that should be used when encrypting/decrypting large amounts of data. Decrypting a 10GB file using AES would probably take 10% longer than simply reading 10GB into memory. In other words, it’s a fast enough algorithm that the bulk of the time required is simply getting the data from disk into memory.
5) The Chilkat licensing is royalty-free, which means your application may be deployed and it may included any Chilkat DLLs without requiring the payment of royalties.
How to Decrypt a Large File into Memory
There are properties for decrypting data chunk-by-chunk: FirstChunk and LastChunk. By default, both are true. This means that any call to any encrypt or decrypt method is such that the data is both the first and last chunk (i.e. it’s the entire amount of data to be encrypted/decrypted).
You may write code that reads your 10GB file chunk-by-chunk (any size chunk is fine) and pass it to the appropriate decrypt method, such as DecryptBytes. For the very first call you would set FirstChunk = true, but leave LastChunk = false. For the 2nd call up to the next-to-last call, set both FirstChunk and LastChunk = false (i.e. these are “middle” chunks). For the very last chunk, set LastChunk = true. Each chunk of encrypted data passed to a decrypt method will return a chunk of decrypted data.