This contribution includes AEAD detached mode bindings for the php-sodium extension.
About the libsodium-php repository.
Since PHP 7.2.0, the version 2.0 of the libsodium-php library was incorporated on PHP itself, making modern cryptography available as a builtin feature.
Since there are projects which may already being using the extension on their projects, the people responsible agreed on naming the embed extension as
sodium, to prevent conflicts. And development made on this repository eventually is backported into PHP source.
What feature(s) did you add?
This contribution includes bindings for detached AEAD functions, not yet available for used within PHP, but a very useful feature of libsodium. Before this, the only mode avaialable was the default combined mode.
AEAD is a form of encryption with builtin authentication signatures, commonly referred to as authentication tags.
The combined AEAD mode returns both the encrypted data (ciphertext) and authentication tag as a single raw binary string output.
The detached mode, on the other hand, provides two outputs, the encrypted payload and the authentication tag separately.
One scenario where detached mode is useful are applications who transmit and receive the encrypted text, but the other part does not need to verify or decrypt the data.
Since the transmission channels or recipients don't need to verify the data, the authentication tag can be stored locally, and consulted upon decryption time, allowing smaller network usage while revealing almost nothing about the original content. This is also a very useful feature when the transmission channels are not very secure, meaning the authentication tag is not present, a brute force decryption attack will have no fast verification methods.
Encryption and Decryption on the four available AEAD constructs were provided, and the general approach is outlined below:
Usage, is then, trivial. The encrypt methods will produce an array, where the first element is the encrypted data, the the second, is the authentication tag:
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