> But how to explain that passwords like "$dlkins02", "$flkins02",
> and "$Elkins02" can be decrypted correctly? Only "$elkins02" is
> decrypted into empty string.


Please read this over a few times and think long and hard about it: The
decrypted data is *NOT* a C-style string, it's just an arbitrary chunk of
data. So it *cannot* *possibly* be an empty string. If it's not a string, it
cannot be an empty string because an empty string is a kind of string.

DS


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