Implement custom encryption with Metadata signatures

GroupDocs.Signature provides ability to embed into Metadata signature custom objects. This feature is implemented over object serialization to string and further encryption. By default library uses json format serialization and symmetric encryption but allows to provide custom encryption. This procedure requires implementation of interface IDataEncryption with two methods to encrypt and decrypt data.

Here are the steps to embed into Metadata values with custom encryption with GroupDocs.Signature: 

  • Define custom data encryption class that implements IDataEncryption interface. By default GroupDocs.Signature has several encryption implementation you can use but allows user to customize it.
  • Implement if needed custom data serialization class that implement IDataSerializer interface. By default GroupDocs.Signature uses embedded json format serialization but allows user to customize it.
  • Implement class with properties and specify if needed class attributes (like custom serialization attribute, custom encryption attribute), specify attributes for properties like  FormatAttribute to specify serialization name and display format, same as SkipSerializationAttribute to mark property of class as not serialize 
  • Create new instance of Signature class and pass source document path as a constructor parameter
  • Create one or several objects of MetadataSignature object with  MetadataSignature.setValue as object instance. Setup MetadataSignature.setDataEncryption property or use same for MetadataSignOptions.setDataEncryption if all signatures should be encrypted.
  • Instantiate the MetadataSignOptions object according to your requirements, add all metadata signatures to its collection and setup if needed setDataEncryption property
  • Call sign method of Signature class instance and pass MetadataSignOptions to it.

This example shows how to specify custom serialization class. This class could be implemented also as Attribute (optional) to specify as class attribute.

// Define class that implements IDataEncryption interface
public class CustomXOREncryption implements IDataEncryption
     * <p>
     * Gets or sets non empty key for encryption (at least one character)
     * </p>
    public final int getKey(){ return auto_Key; }
     * <p>
     * Gets or sets non empty key for encryption (at least one character)
     * </p>
    public final void setKey(int value){ auto_Key = value; }
    private int auto_Key;
     * <p>
     * Encode method to encrypt string.
     * </p>
     * @return Returns enccrypted string
     * @param source Source string to encode.
    public final String encode(String source)
        return process(source);
     * <p>
     * Decode method to obtain decrypted string.
     * </p>
     * @return Returns decrypted string
     * @param source Source string to decode.
    public final String decode(String source)
        return process(source);
     * <p>
     * Using XOR operation get encoded / decoded string
     * </p>
     * @return
     * @param source
    private String process(String source)
        StringBuilder src = new StringBuilder(source);
        StringBuilder dst = new StringBuilder(src.length());
        char chTmp;
        for (int index = 0; index < src.length(); ++index)
            chTmp = src.charAt(index);
            chTmp = (char)(chTmp ^ this.getKey());
        return dst.toString();

Definition of class

This example shows how to define custom class with serialization and encryption properties and setup Format attributes for properties. 

public class DocumentSignatureData
    public String getID(){ return ID; }
    public void setID(String value){ ID = value; }
    @FormatAttribute(propertyName = "SignID")
    public String ID;
    public final String getAuthor(){ return Author; }
    public final void setAuthor(String value){ Author = value; }
    @FormatAttribute(propertyName = "SAuth")
    public String Author;
    //JAVA-added public wrapper for internalized property accessor
    public final java.util.Date getSigned() {  return Signed; }
    public final void setSigned(java.util.Date value) { Signed = value; }
    @FormatAttribute (propertyName = "SDate",propertyFormat = "yyyy-MM-dd")
    public java.util.Date Signed = new java.util.Date();
    public final java.math.BigDecimal getDataFactor() { return DataFactor; }
    public final void setDataFactor(java.math.BigDecimal value) { DataFactor = value; }
    @FormatAttribute (propertyName = "SDFact",propertyFormat = "N2")
    public java.math.BigDecimal DataFactor = new java.math.BigDecimal(0.01);

Implementation of embedding custom object into Metadata signature

This example shows how to embed custom object into Metadata signature.

Signature signature = new Signature("sample.docx");
// create data encryption
IDataEncryption encryption = new CustomXOREncryption();
// setup options with text of signature
MetadataSignOptions options = new MetadataSignOptions();
// set encryption for all metadata signatures for this options
// if you need separate encryption use own MetadataSignature.DataEncryption property
// create custom object
DocumentSignatureData documentSignature = new DocumentSignatureData();
documentSignature.setSigned(new java.util.Date());
documentSignature.setDataFactor(new java.math.BigDecimal("11.22"));
// setup signature metadata
WordProcessingMetadataSignature mdSignature = new WordProcessingMetadataSignature("Signature", documentSignature);
// setup signature metadata
WordProcessingMetadataSignature mdAuthor = new WordProcessingMetadataSignature("Author", "Mr.Scherlock Holmes");
// setup data of document id
WordProcessingMetadataSignature mdDocId = new WordProcessingMetadataSignature("DocumentId", java.util.UUID.randomUUID().toString());
// add signatures to options
// sign document to file
SignResult signResult = signature.sign("MetadataCustomEncryptionObject.docx", options);
// analyzing result
System.out.print("List of newly created signatures:");
int number = 1;
for(BaseSignature temp : signResult.getSucceeded())
    System.out.print("Signature #"+ number++ +": Type: "+temp.getSignatureType()+" Id:"+temp.getSignatureId()+
            ",Location: "+temp.getLeft()+"x"+temp.getTop()+". Size: "+temp.getWidth()+"x"+temp.getHeight());

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GitHub Examples 

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