About TrueZIP Driver ZIP.RAES (TZP)

This module contains the file system driver service class de.schlichtherle.truezip.fs.archive.zip.raes.ZipRaesDriverService which provides the following map of file system drivers:

URI Schemes / Archive File Suffixes File System Driver Class
tzp, zip.rae, zip.raes de.schlichtherle.truezip.fs.archive.zip.raes.SafeZipRaesDriver

Add the JAR artifact of this module to the run time class path to make its file system drivers available for service location in the client API modules. The URI schemes will then get recognized as default archive file suffixes by the class de.schlichtherle.truezip.file.TArchiveDetector.

Key Features

This module employs a custom archive file format, namely ZIP.RAES alias TZP (short) alias RAES encrypted ZIP file (long).

Wrapper File Format
A ZIP.RAES file is a JAR file which is wrapped in an envelope named Random Access Encryption Specification (RAES). RAES encrypts and authenticates its entire pay load. This means that information leakage is kept to a minimum because all entry data and entry meta data is protected.

Compare this to the WinZip AES specification, where only the entry data is encrypted and authenticated, while the entry meta data is neither encrypted nor authenticated.

Extensible Specification
The RAES file format specification is extensible in order to support a variety of encryption and authentication schemes if required. However, since its inception in 2006 exactly only one scheme has ever been required: RAES Type 0, which is detailed below.
Internationalized Encoding
RAES Type 0 uses PKCS #12 V1.0 as its Password Based Key Derivation Function (PBKDF). Hence passwords are encoded as 16 bit Unicode characters (similar, but not identical to UTF-16BE). Since the payload is a JAR file, UTF-8 is used to encode the ZIP file comment and entry names.

Again, compare this to the WinZip AES specification, which recommends to stick with US-ASCII characters for passwords. However, this results in a lower entropy when compared to a localized character set.

Strong Encryption
RAES Type 0 uses AES with a selectable key strength of 128, 192 and 256 bits. For the typical entropy of a password, 128 bits should be more than enough, but 192 and 256 bits can be used when you need it.
Strong Authentication
RAES Type 0 uses SHA-256 as its HMac, so it's not vulnerable to the recently discovered attacks on SHA-1.

RAES Type 0 supports two authentication steps: The first step is mandatory and authenticates the cipher key (which is a function of the password) and the length of the payload data only. The second step is optional and authenticates the entire payload data. For strong authentication, the second step should always be executed. However, an application can skip the second step if it can use another scheme for authentication of the payload data.

E.g. for ZIP.RAES files, the file system driver can decrypt and check the CRC-32 value of an individual JAR entry for authentication instead of the entire JAR file. This can significantly improve the access performance for large ZIP.RAES files at the expense of authentication strength due to the frequent collisions of CRC-32 values. This strategy is configurable by selecting either the class de.schlichtherle.truezip.fs.archive.zip.raes.SafeZipRaesDriver or the class de.schlichtherle.truezip.fs.archive.zip.raes.ParanoidZipRaesDriver.

Fast Access
RAES Type 0 uses CTR mode. This allows for fast read access to the plain text from a randomly selected block of cipher text.

It also uses Encrypt-then-MAC order. This allows to skip the decryption if the authentication of the cipher text failed.

The authentication steps which have been explained before fully integrate with the strategy to discover and deal with false positive archive files which is employed by the TrueZIP Kernel.
TrueZIP supports ZIP.RAES since 2006. Since the very first version, each release has to pass the same comprehensive set of integration tests like any other archive file format. Since this time, not a single bug has been discovered.