Module java.base
Package javax.crypto

Class CipherInputStream

All Implemented Interfaces:
Closeable, AutoCloseable

public class CipherInputStream extends FilterInputStream
A CipherInputStream is composed of an InputStream and a Cipher object so that read() methods return data that are read in from the underlying InputStream but have been additionally processed by the Cipher object. The Cipher object must be fully initialized before being used by a CipherInputStream.

For example, if the Cipher object is initialized for decryption, the CipherInputStream will attempt to read in data and decrypt them, before returning the decrypted data.

This class adheres strictly to the semantics, especially the failure semantics, of its ancestor classes and This class has exactly those methods specified in its ancestor classes, and overrides them all. Moreover, this class catches all exceptions that are not thrown by its ancestor classes. In particular, the skip method skips, and the available method counts only data that have been processed by the encapsulated Cipher object. This class may catch BadPaddingException and other exceptions thrown by failed integrity checks during decryption. These exceptions are not re-thrown, so the client may not be informed that integrity checks failed. Because of this behavior, this class may not be suitable for use with decryption in an authenticated mode of operation (e.g. GCM). Applications that require authenticated encryption can use the Cipher API directly as an alternative to using this class.

It is crucial for a programmer using this class not to use methods that are not defined or overridden in this class (such as a new method or constructor that is later added to one of the super classes), because the design and implementation of those methods are unlikely to have considered security impact with regard to CipherInputStream.

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