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Old 05-28-2011, 04:35 AM   #1
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Question little question about assembly language !thanks

i am reading a book and here is an example of string encryption on it ,but i do not understand why?
it says"
a plain text message is transformed into an encrypted string called cipher text by XORing each of its character with a character from a third string call key.

KEY = 239        ;any value between 1-255
why it should be 1-255?

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The code works by using the xor a byte at a time (which is more like obfuscation than encryption, but I digress). A byte is 8 bits, meaning it can hold values from 0 to 255, so any number in this range can be used to xor all 8 bits at a time. However, the value 0 would not change the text at all (since doing an xor with 0 is an identity operation), so the code suggests any value from 1 to 255 (ie, binary 00000001 to 11111111).
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