How do I encrypt data in PHP, properly, using symmetric-key encryption? I have a message M and a secret S. I'm looking for a solution that uses cryptography properly without making any of the usual mistakes. In particular, the solution should use authenticated encryption, choose IVs properly, and generate the actual encryption key from the secret S using a suitable slow hash (in case S happens to be a password instead of an actual cryptographic key).
Can you suggest PHP code for this purpose?
My motive: I'd like to give PHP programmers good advice on how to do this, not bad advice. This question on StackOverflow is a real disappointment: it is full of highly-upvoted answers that are appallingly bad (ECB mode encryption? repeating IVs? encryption without authentication?). Let's figure out the right answer -- a code snippet that does things right -- and then go fix that broken window on StackOverflow. In keeping with the PHP programmer ethos, I'd prefer a snippet of code (that works for as many settings as possible; possibly with explanation and/or explanation of limitations/caveats) instead of just advice about algorithms and concepts.
base64. ROT13 is enough for almost every use. If you need more security, use it twice...