Java – BadPaddingException: pad block corrupted


I am trying to decrypt a file in Java which was encrypted in C# using Rijndael/CBC/PKCS7. I keep getting the following exception:

javax.crypto.BadPaddingException: pad block corrupted
at org.bouncycastle.jce.provider.JCEBlockCipher.engineDoFinal(Unknown Source)
at javax.crypto.Cipher.doFinal(DashoA13*..)
at AESFileDecrypter.decrypt(

when the doFinal(inpbytes) method is called by the web server for the first byte[]. I am guessing this is a problem with the key or IV. I have the encrypted files on my file system for testing. Is there anything that anyone can see glaringly wrong with my code below?

***keyStr is base64 encoded

public AESFileDecrypter(String keyStr){
    try {
            Security.addProvider(new BouncyCastleProvider());   
            key = new sun.misc.BASE64Decoder().decodeBuffer(keyStr);

            //use the passed in Base64 decoded key to create a key object
            decryptKey = new SecretKeySpec(key, "AES");

            //specify the encryption algorithm
            decryptCipher = Cipher.getInstance("AES/CBC/PKCS7Padding", "BC");

            //make a parameter object for the initialization vector(IV)             
            IvParameterSpec ivs = new IvParameterSpec(_defaultIv);

            //initialize the decrypter to the correct mode, key used and IV
            decryptCipher.init(Cipher.DECRYPT_MODE, decryptKey, ivs);    
     catch (Exception e) {

public void convertIvParameter() {

   int[] iv = new int[] {11, 190, 165, 33, 68, 88, 11, 200, 245, 35, 68, 23, 60, 24, 223, 67};

   _defaultIv = new byte[16];

   for(int x = 0; x < _defaultIv.length; x++) {
      _defaultIv[x] = (byte)iv[x];

public void decryptUpdate(byte[] inpBytes) throws Exception {
   //decrypt the byte passed in from the web server

public byte[] decryptFinal() throws Exception {
   //decrypt the byte passed in from the web server
   return decryptCipher.doFinal();

//sends bytes to the client for diaply
private void sendBytes(FileInputStream fis, OutputStream os)throws Exception {
    //set the buffer size to send 4k segments of data
aesFileDecrypter = new AESFileDecrypter(<Insert Key string here>);

    byte[] buffer = new byte[4096];
    int bytes = 0, totalBytes = fis.available();

    //while there is still data to be sent keep looping and write the data
    //to the output stream as the buffer is filled
    try {
       while ((bytes = != -1) {   
          //os.write(buffer, 0, bytes);

       os.write(aesFileDecrypter.decryptFinal(), 0, totalBytes);
   catch(Exception e) {

Best Answer

Firstly, just to be clear, from comments below, you shouldn't call doFinal() on every block, because doFinal() expects any padding at the end, which obviouslly won't be there in intermediate blocks. Either (a) call update() on intermediate data, then doFinal() at the end, or (b) just arrange to have all your data in one buffer or byte array, and call doFinal() once on the whole job lot.

It's not clear from the code you posted that that's actually what you're doing, but it should be mentioned just in case.

Failing that, then as a first step to debugging, I'd suggest whichever of these two is easier for you:

  • Decrypting in ECB mode with no padding and seeing what you get. Look at the first block of data this brings back. If you can XOR this with your IV bytes and get the expected decrypted data, you know your key is OK.
  • Dumping out the actual key bytes from C# before base 64 encoding and Java after decoding and checking they are the same.

As I recall, C# has unsigned bytes (whereas Java signed) so there are a few places where there's room for things subtly going wrong with byte signedness.