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My C# program receives AES encrypted Mails. I want to use Chilkat to decrypt the mails. How can i decrypt the mails? I am able to save the attachement as a smime.p7m file but i cannot decrpyt it. Do i have to order certificates, public/Private Keys, ... to open the file?

asked Mar 19 '14 at 05:14

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Email that is encrypted using digital certificates is encrypted in the following way: The email is encrypted using the public key of the intended recipient. The recipient uses his/her private key to decrypt. The recipient is the only one in possession of his/her private key, and therefore is the only one who is able to decrypt a message he receives.

A digital certificate always contains (as part of the X.509 certificate contents) the public key. The certificate may be freely given to others. (Do not give out a .pfx or .p12 file because these are containers that contain both certificate and private key.)

To receive encrypted email, one must have beforehand acquired a digital certificate with private key, and the certificate must be provided to senders wishing to send encrypted email.

The choice of "AES" is not a direct choice, but an indirect choice. It is the bulk symmetric encryption algorithm that could be chosen as one of many within the PKCS encryption software.


answered Mar 19 '14 at 09:09

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