COMP 3350 Project #5 plaintext and an encryption key solved


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This program has two objectives. The first objective is to create a procedure that will take plaintext and an encryption key, use the Vigenère cipher, and encrypt the plaintext. The second objective is to create a procedure that will take cypher-text, an encryption key, use the Vigenère cipher, and decrypt the cypher-text.

Assume that all characters will be uppercase letters, no spaces, symbols, etc.

All “high level” directives are not allowed on this homework. (e.g. .IF .ENDIF .REPEAT, etc)


Create a BYTE array with the label ‘input’. This array may be of any length between 2 and 100. In the case of encryption ‘input’ will hold the plaintext and in the case of decryption ‘input’ will hold cypher-text.

Create a BYTE array with the label ‘key’. This array will have length between 1 and (LENGHTOF input -1). Meaning the lower bound for ‘key’ is one character and the upper bound is one less than the number of characters in ‘input’.

Create a BYTE variable named “options”. This variable will be used to determine which procedures should be executed. If ‘options’ contain the value 1 it means the program should execute encryption procedure. If ‘options’ contain the value 0 (or any other value than 1) the program should execute decryption procedure.

Create a BYTE array with the label ‘output’. This array will have a dynamic length equal to LENGTHOF input. When executing the program using encryption, the variable ‘output’ will hold the cypher-text and in the case of decryption, ‘output’ will hold plaintext.

You may create any other values you deem necessary.

You must have three procedures for this homework. The main procedure, a procedure to handle encryption, and another to handle the decryption. You may create other procedures if you wish.

Example of encryption / decryption:

For more information check the Wiki link: ( Vigenère_cipher)

The example below will use the plaintext word MEMORY and the key BAD.

First you “line up” your plaintext word with your key by writing the key directly beneath the plaintext word. Continue to repeat the key under each plaintext character:



In the above example MEMORY is longer than BAD, therefore, BAD was repeated. Next choose each character in the plaintext word, starting with the first and encrypt it.

To encrypt a character, you first find the column on the chart corresponding to the character in the plaintext, e.g. the character M (circled in blue). Next, find the row starting with the key character, e.g. the character B (circled in red). Finally, find where

the plaintext column and the key row intersect, e.g. the character N (circled in red). Continue this for each character.





























Continue until all characters have been encrypted:

Input = MEMORY (plaintext)

Key = BADBAD (key)

output= NEPPRB (cypher-text)

Decrypting is the opposite of encrypting. To decrypt NEPPRB first write the key under the cypher-text. Then find the row starting with the key character. Next, move across that row until you find the cypher-text character. The cypher-text character’s column is the plaintext column.

















Continue until the cypher-text has been decrypted:

Input = NEPPRB


Output = MEMORY


(80 points): Read the comments in the template file “project5_template.asm” and finish (1) – (8)

At the top of your “asm” file, give a brief description of the program, author name and last modified date in the form of comments.

For the code, explain what each assembly line means in plain English. Your comment should be meaningful and reflect the code correctly.