14 December 2010 at 5:02am
I'm working on an application that may need to store sensitive medical information and I was wondering can fields be encrypted/decrypted using AES_ENCRYPT() and AES_DECRYPT() or others using standard DataObject Write and Get methods? Or would I need to use an onBeforeWrite() and create functions to Manually Decrypt later?
9 December 2011 at 3:03am
Yes, I found a solution. It turns out AES_ENCRYPT() converts the data into a binary blob, so you need to use base64_encode on the value before you can write it to the Database and base64_decode on the other end.
A word of warning on host choices though, the client used GoDaddy VPS against my advice and their default PHP install doesn't include the MCRYPT module so when I installed it on the server everything failed until I manually patched the MCRYPT module onto the server.
I'm having a play finally with the code and like you it won't write to the database, I know you mentioned that it needed to be base64 encoded is there any chance you can paste your code where you do this I have tried it with no luck so far.