Java – Python AES encryption decryption

I have an encrypted text from Java(v8) using AES, which I am trying to decrypt in python using same SecretKey, Salt but I am getting issue while unpading about index out of range. When I do the reverse i.e encrypt in python and decrypt in java then I am able to get the text but with some unwanted prefix.

Following is my java and python code, which I have tried.

Java Code(Base64 from org.apache.commons.codec.binary.Base64)

public static String encrypt(String secretKey, String salt, String value) throws Exception {
        Cipher cipher = initCipher(secretKey, salt, Cipher.ENCRYPT_MODE);
        byte[] encrypted = cipher.doFinal(value.getBytes());
        return Base64.encodeBase64String(encrypted);

    public static String decrypt(String secretKey, String salt, String encrypted) throws Exception {
        Cipher cipher = initCipher(secretKey, salt, Cipher.DECRYPT_MODE);
        byte[] original = cipher.doFinal(Base64.decodeBase64(encrypted));
        return new String(original);

    private static Cipher initCipher(String secretKey, String salt, int mode) throws Exception {

        SecretKeyFactory factory = SecretKeyFactory.getInstance("PBKDF2WithHmacSHA256");

        KeySpec spec = new PBEKeySpec(secretKey.toCharArray(), salt.getBytes(), 65536, 256);
        SecretKey tmp = factory.generateSecret(spec);
        SecretKeySpec skeySpec = new SecretKeySpec(tmp.getEncoded(), "AES");

        Cipher cipher = Cipher.getInstance("AES/CBC/PKCS5PADDING");
        cipher.init(mode, skeySpec, new IvParameterSpec(new byte[16]));
        return cipher;

    public static void main(String[] args) throws Exception {
        String secretKey = "Secret";
        String fSalt = "tJHnN5b1i6wvXMwzYMRk";
        String plainText = "England";

        String cipherText = encrypt(secretKey, fSalt, plainText);
        System.out.println("Cipher: " + cipherText);
//      cipherText = "6peDTxE1xgLE4hTGg0PKTnuuhFC1Vftsd7NH9DF/7WM="; // Cipher from python
        String dcrCipherText = decrypt(secretKey, fSalt, cipherText);


Python Code(version 3.6) & Pycrypto V2.6

import base64
import hashlib
import os

from Crypto.Cipher import AES

BS = 16
pad = lambda s: s + (BS - len(s) % BS) * chr(BS - len(s) % BS)

# unpad = lambda s: s[:-ord(s[len(s) - 1:])]
unpad = lambda s: s[0:-s[-1]]

def get_private_key(secretKey, salt):
    key = hashlib.pbkdf2_hmac('SHA256', secretKey.encode(), salt.encode(), 65536, 32)
    return key

def encrypt(message, salt, secretKey):
    private_key = get_private_key(secretKey, salt)
    message = pad(message)
    iv = os.urandom(BS)  # 128-bit IV
    cipher =, AES.MODE_CBC, iv, segment_size=256)
    return base64.b64encode(iv + cipher.encrypt(message))

def decrypt(enc, salt, secretKey):
    private_key = get_private_key(secretKey, salt)
    enc = base64.b64decode(enc)
    iv = enc[:BS]
    cipher =, AES.MODE_CBC, iv, segment_size=256)
    return unpad(cipher.decrypt(enc[BS:]))

secretKey = "Secret"
salt = "tJHnN5b1i6wvXMwzYMRk"
plainText = "England"
cipher = encrypt(plainText, salt, secretKey)
print("Cipher: " + bytes.decode(cipher))

# cipher = "0JrZdg9YBRshfTdr1d4zwQ==" # Cipher from java
decrypted = decrypt(cipher, salt, secretKey)
print("Decrypted " + bytes.decode(decrypted))

Java Decrypt output: �U�����or���England when I pass python cipher, expected: England Python Decrypt output: unpad = lambda s : s[0:-s[-1]] IndexError: index out of range, expected: England

I went through other post as well on stack regarding this issue but, it doesn’t worked out as they have used different mode.


In python, you’re storing the iv (initialization vector) in the first 16 bytes of the encrypted message.

In Java, you’re doing no such thing – you’re passing an empty IV and you treat the whole message including the first 16 bytes as ciphertext.

You need to make sure that Java and Python match up.

Either you don’t use an IV in both, in which case you remove that part in Python.

Or you use an IV in both, in which case you need to update your Java code to generate a random IV on encryption, adding it to the result of the encryption. On decryption, the Java code needs to take the first 16 bytes as the IV and pass it to the Cipher.

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