Tell if file is encrypted sqlite file by just looking at file header

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Blaze Spinnaker

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May 20, 2015, 8:24:23 PM5/20/15
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Is there a way to detect an encrypted sqlite file by looking at the file header?

Assuming you don't know anything about the file beforehand, for example.


Nick Parker

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May 21, 2015, 8:50:56 AM5/21/15
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Hello Blaze,

SQLCipher replaces a portion of the identifying database header (i.e., the first 16 bytes) with a unique random salt so it would be difficult to differentiate it from any other file containing random data.

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