Decompress a GZIP "string" compressed in .NET

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  1. AndPig

    AndPig New Member


    I've got an issue trying to decompress something that was compressed in VB.NET using Gzip.

    In .NET the following occurs to an XML file:

    - The file is compressed using Gzip
    - The result is encrypted using Triple3DES
    - The result is saved to a file

    In Android, I've got the 3DES decryption working fine, which when I open a file where I only encrypted in .NET, returns the XML that was originally encrypted.

    The problem is trying to get the decompress function working also. I think the issue relates to the compressed data being binary and not a string, but only a hunch.

    This is my decrypt function - I use fileToByteArray to convert the file on the SD card to pass in as 'message':

    Code (Text):
    1. public static String decrypt(byte[] message) throws Exception {
    2.         final byte[] keyBytes = "1232223423513131".getBytes();
    3.         final SecretKey key = new SecretKeySpec(keyBytes, "DESede");
    4.         final IvParameterSpec iv = new IvParameterSpec("12345678".getBytes());
    5.         final Cipher decipher = Cipher.getInstance("DESede/CBC/PKCS7Padding");
    6.         decipher.init(Cipher.DECRYPT_MODE, key, iv);
    8.         final byte[] plainText = decipher.doFinal(message);
    10.         return new String(plainText);
    11.     }

    The above works fine when I open a file that was only encrypted in .NET. But if I try to decompress the resultant string with the below, I get an "Unknown format (magic number 8)" error. Note, I've tried about 10 different decompress functions I've found online, all do the same:

    Code (Text):
    1. public static String decompress(String gzipString) throws IOException {
    2.         int size = 0;
    4.         byte[] gzipBuff = gzipString.getBytes();
    6.         ByteArrayInputStream memstream = new ByteArrayInputStream(gzipBuff, 4,
    7.                 gzipBuff.length - 4);
    8.         GZIPInputStream gzin = new GZIPInputStream(memstream);
    10.         final int buffSize = 8192;
    11.         byte[] tempBuffer = new byte[buffSize];
    12.         ByteArrayOutputStream baos = new ByteArrayOutputStream();
    13.         while ((size =, 0, buffSize)) != -1) {
    14.             baos.write(tempBuffer, 0, size);
    15.         }
    16.         byte[] buffer = baos.toByteArray();
    17.         baos.close();
    19.         return new String(buffer, "UTF-8");
    20.     }
    The gzipString parameter value passed in to the decompress function looks like binary would as a string.. it contains lots of odd characters that won't paste into here. Not sure if that helps!

    Can anyone suggest what might be wrong, or a good path for investigating this further?

    Any help appreciated.


  2. sfdfesfs

    sfdfesfs New Member

    So hard.
  3. jonbonazza

    jonbonazza Well-Known Member

    Where exactly is it failing? Is it crashing or just returning null/empty string? If it's crashing, can you post the logcat output? Otherwise, I would recommend throwing in some log statements to find out exactly what line is causing issues.

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