MySQL, starting from 4.0.2, had AES encryption and decryption functions. They are compiled with support for pure independent block by block encryption mode (ECB), using a 128 bit key.
128 bits is plenty enough! And sufficient for everybody! And who would even want to go to the trouble of dealing with initialization vectors? At least that’s what they probably thought when introducing these functions back in 2002 in MySQL 4.0.2.
But I believe in giving people a choice. Read below on why choice is important.
Does (key) size matter ?
The biggest threat that longer keys protect against is brute force …[Read more...]