How to create tiny, URL-safe encrypted tokens

📅 October 5, 2018   🏷️ php security laravel composer

Recently, I updated my encryption library (dcrypt) support customization of the cipher and checksum options. This allows for the usage of smaller block and hash sizes, which is useful in size-limited applications. Coupled with base62 encoding, encrypted blobs are safe for most protocols.

Smaller hashes and block sizes are less secure. You will have to be the judge of what security level is adequate. The example below uses the smallest values possible (blowfish + crc32).

Install composer requirements:


namespace App\Models;

class TinyCrypt extends \Dcrypt\AesCbc

    const CIPHER = 'bf-ofb';

    const CHKSUM = 'crc32';

    public static function decrypt(string $cyphertext, string $password, int $cost = 0): string
        $cyphertext = (new \Tuupola\Base62)->decode($cyphertext);

        return parent::decrypt($cyphertext, $password, $cost);

    public static function encrypt(string $plaintext, string $password, int $cost = 0): string
        $plaintext = parent::encrypt($plaintext, $password, $cost);

        return (new \Tuupola\Base62)->encode($plaintext);

Test sizes

Once you have added the TinyCrypt, use tinker to view the sizes of your encrypted tokens. Plaintext string size is on the left; final output size is at the far right.

$x = 1; while($x <= 100) {$b = \App\Models\TinyCrypt::encrypt(str_repeat("A", $x)) ; echo $x . ' --> ' . $b . '(' . strlen($b) . ')' . PHP_EOL; $x++;}

tinker output



use App\Models\TinyCrypt;

$token = TinyCrypt::encrypt('secret', 'password');

# you can now use this token in a url, for example

$secret = TinyCrypt::decrypt($token, 'password');