Tutorial – Encryption And Decryption Using DESede (Triple DES) In Java

We learned how to do a DES Encryption /Decryption in Java in the previous tutorial. In this tutorial, we will extend our knowledge of DES Encryption to DESede also known as Triple DES.

Triple DES is the common name for the Triple Data Encryption Algorithm (TDEA) block cipher.It is so named because it applies the Data Encryption Standard (DES) cipher algorithm three times to each data block. Triple DES provides a relatively simple method of increasing the key size of DES to protect against brute force attacks, without requiring a completely new block cipher algorithm.

The standards define three keying options:

  • Keying option 1: All three keys are independent.
  • Keying option 2: K1 and K2 are independent, and K3 = K1.
  • Keying option 3: All three keys are identical, i.e. K1 = K2 = K3.

Keying option 1 is the strongest, with 3 x 56 = 168 independent key bits.

Keying option 2 provides less security, with 2 x 56 = 112 key bits. This option is stronger than simply DES encrypting twice, e.g. with K1 and K2, because it protects against meet-in-the-middle attacks.

Keying option 3 is no better than DES, with only 56 key bits. This option provides backward compatibility with DES, because the first and second DES operations simply cancel out. It is no longer recommended by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and not supported by ISO/IEC 18033-3.

In general Triple DES with three independent keys (keying option 1) has a key length of 168 bits (three 56-bit DES keys), but due to the meet-in-the-middle attack the effective security it provides is only 112 bits. Keying option 2, reduces the key size to 112 bits. However, this option is susceptible to certain chosen-plaintext or known-plaintext attacks and thus it is designated by NIST to have only 80 bits of security. (Information Source: Wikipedia).

The following diagram simplifies the working detail of Triple DES Algorithm.

Working of Triple DES Algorithm

Working of Triple DES Algorithm

In the following tutorial, we have used Keying Option 3, where all the keys are identical.

package com.kushal.utils;

import java.security.spec.KeySpec;
import javax.crypto.Cipher;
import javax.crypto.SecretKey;
import javax.crypto.SecretKeyFactory;
import javax.crypto.spec.DESedeKeySpec;
import sun.misc.BASE64Decoder;
import sun.misc.BASE64Encoder;

public class DESedeEncryption {

	private static final String UNICODE_FORMAT = "UTF8";
	public static final String DESEDE_ENCRYPTION_SCHEME = "DESede";
	private KeySpec myKeySpec;
	private SecretKeyFactory mySecretKeyFactory;
	private Cipher cipher;
	byte[] keyAsBytes;
	private String myEncryptionKey;
	private String myEncryptionScheme;
	SecretKey key;

	public DESedeEncryption() throws Exception
		myEncryptionKey = "ThisIsSecretEncryptionKey";
		myEncryptionScheme = DESEDE_ENCRYPTION_SCHEME;
		keyAsBytes = myEncryptionKey.getBytes(UNICODE_FORMAT);
		myKeySpec = new DESedeKeySpec(keyAsBytes);
		mySecretKeyFactory = SecretKeyFactory.getInstance(myEncryptionScheme);
		cipher = Cipher.getInstance(myEncryptionScheme);
		key = mySecretKeyFactory.generateSecret(myKeySpec);

	 * Method To Encrypt The String
	public String encrypt(String unencryptedString) {
		String encryptedString = null;
		try {
			cipher.init(Cipher.ENCRYPT_MODE, key);
			byte[] plainText = unencryptedString.getBytes(UNICODE_FORMAT);
			byte[] encryptedText = cipher.doFinal(plainText);
			BASE64Encoder base64encoder = new BASE64Encoder();
			encryptedString = base64encoder.encode(encryptedText);
		} catch (Exception e) {
		return encryptedString;
	 * Method To Decrypt An Ecrypted String
	public String decrypt(String encryptedString) {
		String decryptedText=null;
		try {
			cipher.init(Cipher.DECRYPT_MODE, key);
			BASE64Decoder base64decoder = new BASE64Decoder();
			byte[] encryptedText = base64decoder.decodeBuffer(encryptedString);
			byte[] plainText = cipher.doFinal(encryptedText);
			decryptedText= bytes2String(plainText);
		} catch (Exception e) {
		return decryptedText;
	 * Returns String From An Array Of Bytes
	private static String bytes2String(byte[] bytes) {
		StringBuffer stringBuffer = new StringBuffer();
		for (int i = 0; i < bytes.length; i++) {
			stringBuffer.append((char) bytes[i]);
		return stringBuffer.toString();

	 * Testing The DESede Encryption And Decryption Technique
	public static void main(String args []) throws Exception
		DESedeEncryption myEncryptor= new DESedeEncryption();

		String stringToEncrypt="Sanjaal.com";
		String encrypted=myEncryptor.encrypt(stringToEncrypt);
		String decrypted=myEncryptor.decrypt(encrypted);

		System.out.println("String To Encrypt: "+stringToEncrypt);
		System.out.println("Encrypted Value :" + encrypted);
		System.out.println("Decrypted Value :"+decrypted);




Here is the sample output:

String To Encrypt: Sanjaal.com
Encrypted Value :aArhqI25Y1SkYrdv9gxYDQ==
Decrypted Value :Sanjaal.com