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I am having trouble with encrypting data in a way that conforms to the onReceive and onSend functions. I am trying to encrypt and decrypt data using OpenSSL. My problem is that I can't figure out how to get OpenSSL to take in an input of variable size. What I mean by this is that my code works perfectly well when OpenSSL takes in something such as unsigned char ciphertext[128]; - however this is of a fixed length and packets in networks of course can be of varying sizes.

I am basically just trying to figure out how to pass in ciphertext as I am now but with a varying length. I did manage to get an encryption code working that returned a string as opposed to a void (char*? I've seen that SecureSFML for example returns/appends a char* in its' onReceive/onSend functions) as onReceive and onSend do.

Below is a simplified bit of the code I am using specifically for encrypting and not decrypting since my problem is the same in both encrypting and decrypting.

unsigned char* key;
unsigned char* iv;
unsigned char tag[16];

int gcm_encrypt(unsigned char* plaintext, int plaintext_len,
        unsigned char* aad, int aad_len,
        unsigned char* key,
        unsigned char* iv, int iv_len,
        unsigned char* ciphertext,
        unsigned char* tag);

char* encrypt(const char* data, std::size_t& length)
        unsigned char ciphertext[128];

        int ciphertext_len = gcm_encrypt((unsigned char*)data, strlen((char*)data),
                NULL, NULL,
                iv, 16,
                ciphertext, tag);

        length = ciphertext_len;

        return (char*)ciphertext;

This code works perfectly aside from the problem with ciphertext being of a fixed length.

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