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The ripple-encryption gem provides encryption and decryption for Ripple documents. This gem's primary dependencies are riak-ruby and ripple.


Add this line to your application's Gemfile:

gem 'ripple-encryption'

And then execute:

$ bundle

Or install it yourself as:

$ gem install ripple-encryption


You call the activation, which initializes a global serializer within Ripple. Any object that gets saved with content-type 'application/x-json-encrypted' then goes through the Encryption::Serializer, which loads or unloads the data from Riak through the JsonDocument and EncryptedJsonDocument, respectively. Both of these have a dependency on Encryption::Encrypter, which makes the actual calls to OpenSSL.

JsonDocument stores the encrypted data wrapped in JSON encapsulation so that you can still introspect the Riak object and see which version of this gem was used to encrypt it. As of version 0.0.4, this is now the only supported serialization format for JSON data.

There is also a Rake file to convert between encrypted and decrypted JSON objects.


Include the gem in your Gemfile. Activate it somewhere in your application initialization by pointing it to your encryption config file like so:

Ripple::Encryption.activate PATH_TO_CONFIG_FILE

Then include the Ripple::Encryption module in your document class:

class SomeDocument
  include Ripple::Document
  include Ripple::Encryption
  property :message, String

These documents will now be stored encrypted.

Running the Tests

Adjust the 'test/fixtures/ripple.yml' to point to a test riak database.

bundle exec rake

Compatibility Matrix

This gem stores serialized encryption objects into Riak. The serialization format is versioned; and where possible incrementally transitioned from one version to another. Currently; only the JsonSerializer supports this type of incremental transition with the support matrix below.

version First Last
v1 0.0.1 0.0.3
v2 0.0.2 current

The BinarySerializer does not support incremental format transition but does make the version and iv available for external code to support this.


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