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How do I change a large string into hex and then into byte so that SHA1 can be applied to it?
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I work with cellphones and deal with MEID numbers on a daily basis. So instead of searching online for a MEID (a hex number of length 14) to pseudo ESN (a hex number of length 8) calculator, I figured I can make my own program. The way to obtain a pESN from MEID is fairly simple in theory. For example, given MEID 0xA0000000002329, to make a pESN, SHA-1 needs to be applied to the MEID. SHA-1 on A0000000002329 gives e3be267a2cd5c861f3c7ea4224df829a3551f1ab. Take the last 6 hex numbers of this result, and append it to 0x80 - the result is 0x8051F1AB.

Now here is the code I have so far:

public void sha1() throws NoSuchAlgorithmException {

    String hexMEID = "A0000000002329";

    MessageDigest mDigest = MessageDigest.getInstance("SHA1");      

    byte[] result = mDigest.digest(hexMEID.getBytes());
    StringBuilder sb = new StringBuilder();

    for (int i = 0; i < result.length; i++) {
        sb.append(Integer.toString((result[i] & 0xff) + 0x100, 16).substring(1));


The problem is that using this method, SHA-1 on A0000000002329 gives a89b611b421f57705bd013297ce3fc835f706ab0 instead of e3be267a2cd5c861f3c7ea4224df829a3551f1ab. What am I doing wrong here??

Someone gave me a hint that the trick is to apply SHA-1 to the number representing the MEID, not the string representing the MEID. If this is true then how do I change my string into hex and then into byte so that SHA1 can give me the correct result???


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