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March 14, 2006, 5:53 am
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I have been storing passwords in my database via AES_ENCRYPT and using
AES_DECRYPT if I need to retrieve them in readable form. For the most
part everything works fine, but I noticed that a few entries when
returned using AES_DECRYPT register as NULL.
The column in question is of type TINYBLOB, and has a NOT NULL
constraint. Passwords are all between 6 and 10 characters in length.
When I searched the net for similar problems, most other people reported
using some sort of TEXT type, and I am aware of the problem with TEXT
types and uneven padding, but I don't think that is my problem here
since I am using a TINYBLOB.
So here are my questions...
1) Is TINYBLOB too small for some reason, and should I instead use BLOB?
I would rather save disk space if possible using TINYBLOB especially
since the max an entry can be is 10 characters, and the great majority
of my rows are correct, but I haven't been able to rule out this as the
2) How can these fields be NULL if I have a NOT NULL constraint, is it
because the DB is looking at the TINYBLOB object and treating that as
something that is NOT NULL?
3) If I do need to change the column type to BLOB, will my current
TINYBLOBs transfer fine via a simple alter table ... modify column ...
query or will there be some padding issues?
Thanks a bunch in advance for all your help.