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Cocoa (iOS & Mac) Methods for Generating a Salt and Signature

Discussion in 'Developing, APIs and extending' started by Pete Johnson, Jul 7, 2011.

  1. Pete Johnson

    Pete Johnson New Member

    In case anyone is interested, here are 2 Cocoa methods - one creates a Salt and the other creates a Signature based on a salt.

        // random number (change the modulus to the length you'd like)
        NSUInteger r = arc4random() % 100000;
        return r;
    -(NSString *)GenerateSignatureUsingSalt:(NSUInteger)salt
         Make sure you import:
         #import <CommonCrypto/CommonHMAC.h>
        NSString *key = SECRET_KEY;                                        // define your Secret Key string
        NSString *data = [NSString stringWithFormat:@"%u", salt];        // convert your random number
        const char *cKey  = [key cStringUsingEncoding:NSUTF8StringEncoding];
        const char *cData = [data cStringUsingEncoding:NSUTF8StringEncoding];
        unsigned char cHMAC[CC_SHA256_DIGEST_LENGTH];
        // Hash the salt with the secret key
        CCHmac(kCCHmacAlgSHA256, cKey, strlen(cKey), cData, strlen(cData), cHMAC);
        // Create a data structure
        NSData *HMAC = [[NSData alloc] initWithBytes:cHMAC
        // Base64 Encode the signature
        NSString *hash = [HMAC base64Encoding];
        // create a valid URL
        NSString * signatureURL = (NSString *)CFURLCreateStringByAddingPercentEscapes(NULL,
                                                                                       (CFStringRef)@"!*'\"();:@&=+$,/?%#[]% ",
                                                                                       kCFStringEncodingUTF8 );
        return signatureURL;
    Jamie Edwards likes this.
  2. Jamie Edwards

    Jamie Edwards Staff Member

    Fantastic, thank you for sharing these. Do you mind if I put them on our Wiki?
  3. Pete Johnson

    Pete Johnson New Member

    No problem.

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