# How do I decrypt a ciphertext?

## How do I decrypt a ciphertext?

To decrypt, take the first letter of the ciphertext and the first letter of the key, and subtract their value (letters have a value equal to their position in the alphabet starting from 0). If the result is negative, add 26 (26=the number of letters in the alphabet), the result gives the rank of the plain letter.

**Can DES be decrypted?**

DES is a block cipher and encrypts data in blocks of size of 64 bits each, which means 64 bits of plain text go as the input to DES, which produces 64 bits of ciphertext. The same algorithm and key are used for encryption and decryption, with minor differences. The key length is 56 bits.

### How do I decrypt an encrypted string?

Given encrypted string str, the task is to decrypt the given string when the encryption rules are as follows:

- Start with the first character of the original string.
- In every odd step, append the next character to it.
- In every even step, prepend the next character to the encrypted string so far.

**Is DES encryption reversible?**

DES is a form of reversible encryption that is relatively weak by today’s standards, as it relies on a 56-bit key (14 hex characters). It has been superseded by 3DES, or triple-DES, which is essentially the same algorithm with a longer key.

#### How do you decode a cipher with a key?

To decrypt, pick a letter in the ciphertext and its corresponding letter in the keyword, use the keyword letter to find the corresponding row, and the letter heading of the column that contains the ciphertext letter is the needed plaintext letter.

**How is DES decryption done?**

At the encryption site, DES takes a 64-bit plaintext and creates a 64-bit ciphertext; at the decryption site, DES takes a 64-bit ciphertext and creates a 64-bit block of plaintext. The same 56-bit cipher key is used for both encryption and decryption.

## How do I decrypt Triple DES encryption?

3-KEY Triple DES

- Encrypt the plaintext blocks using single DES with key K1.
- Now decrypt the output of step 1 using single DES with key K2.
- Finally, encrypt the output of step 2 using single DES with key K3.
- The output of step 3 is the ciphertext.
- Decryption of a ciphertext is a reverse process.

**Why is DES no longer secure?**

While no major flaws in its innards are known, it is fundamentally inadequate because its 56-bit key is too short. It is vulnerable to brute-force search of the whole key space, either by large collections of general-purpose machines or even more quickly by specialized hardware.

### How do I decrypt messages on Android?

The only way to decode the data is with a secret key. This key is a number generated on yours and your recipient’s phones, with a new one being created for each message. Once they are used to decrypt the message, they are deleted.