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DSA_set_method

Section: OpenSSL (3)
Updated: 2002-10-28
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NAME

DSA_set_default_method, DSA_get_default_method, DSA_set_method, DSA_new_method, DSA_OpenSSL - select DSA method  

SYNOPSIS

 #include <openssl/dsa.h>
 #include <openssl/engine.h>

 void DSA_set_default_method(const DSA_METHOD *meth);

 const DSA_METHOD *DSA_get_default_method(void);

 int DSA_set_method(DSA *dsa, const DSA_METHOD *meth);

 DSA *DSA_new_method(ENGINE *engine);

 DSA_METHOD *DSA_OpenSSL(void);

 

DESCRIPTION

A DSA_METHOD specifies the functions that OpenSSL uses for DSA operations. By modifying the method, alternative implementations such as hardware accelerators may be used. IMPORTANT: See the NOTES section for important information about how these DSA API functions are affected by the use of ENGINE API calls.

Initially, the default DSA_METHOD is the OpenSSL internal implementation, as returned by DSA_OpenSSL().

DSA_set_default_method() makes meth the default method for all DSA structures created later. NB: This is true only whilst no ENGINE has been set as a default for DSA, so this function is no longer recommended.

DSA_get_default_method() returns a pointer to the current default DSA_METHOD. However, the meaningfulness of this result is dependant on whether the ENGINE API is being used, so this function is no longer recommended.

DSA_set_method() selects meth to perform all operations using the key rsa. This will replace the DSA_METHOD used by the DSA key and if the previous method was supplied by an ENGINE, the handle to that ENGINE will be released during the change. It is possible to have DSA keys that only work with certain DSA_METHOD implementations (eg. from an ENGINE module that supports embedded hardware-protected keys), and in such cases attempting to change the DSA_METHOD for the key can have unexpected results.

DSA_new_method() allocates and initializes a DSA structure so that engine will be used for the DSA operations. If engine is NULL, the default engine for DSA operations is used, and if no default ENGINE is set, the DSA_METHOD controlled by DSA_set_default_method() is used.  

THE DSA_METHOD STRUCTURE

struct
 {
     /* name of the implementation */
        const char *name;

     /* sign */
        DSA_SIG *(*dsa_do_sign)(const unsigned char *dgst, int dlen,
                                 DSA *dsa);

     /* pre-compute k^-1 and r */
        int (*dsa_sign_setup)(DSA *dsa, BN_CTX *ctx_in, BIGNUM **kinvp,
                                 BIGNUM **rp);

     /* verify */
        int (*dsa_do_verify)(const unsigned char *dgst, int dgst_len,
                                 DSA_SIG *sig, DSA *dsa);

     /* compute rr = a1^p1 * a2^p2 mod m (May be NULL for some
                                          implementations) */
        int (*dsa_mod_exp)(DSA *dsa, BIGNUM *rr, BIGNUM *a1, BIGNUM *p1,
                                 BIGNUM *a2, BIGNUM *p2, BIGNUM *m,
                                 BN_CTX *ctx, BN_MONT_CTX *in_mont);

     /* compute r = a ^ p mod m (May be NULL for some implementations) */
        int (*bn_mod_exp)(DSA *dsa, BIGNUM *r, BIGNUM *a,
                                 const BIGNUM *p, const BIGNUM *m,
                                 BN_CTX *ctx, BN_MONT_CTX *m_ctx);

     /* called at DSA_new */
        int (*init)(DSA *DSA);

     /* called at DSA_free */
        int (*finish)(DSA *DSA);

        int flags;

        char *app_data; /* ?? */

 } DSA_METHOD;

 

RETURN VALUES

DSA_OpenSSL() and DSA_get_default_method() return pointers to the respective DSA_METHODs.

DSA_set_default_method() returns no value.

DSA_set_method() returns non-zero if the provided meth was successfully set as the method for dsa (including unloading the ENGINE handle if the previous method was supplied by an ENGINE).

DSA_new_method() returns NULL and sets an error code that can be obtained by ERR_get_error(3) if the allocation fails. Otherwise it returns a pointer to the newly allocated structure.  

NOTES

As of version 0.9.7, DSA_METHOD implementations are grouped together with other algorithmic APIs (eg. RSA_METHOD, EVP_CIPHER, etc) in ENGINE modules. If a default ENGINE is specified for DSA functionality using an ENGINE API function, that will override any DSA defaults set using the DSA API (ie. DSA_set_default_method()). For this reason, the ENGINE API is the recommended way to control default implementations for use in DSA and other cryptographic algorithms.  

SEE ALSO

dsa(3), DSA_new(3)  

HISTORY

DSA_set_default_method(), DSA_get_default_method(), DSA_set_method(), DSA_new_method() and DSA_OpenSSL() were added in OpenSSL 0.9.4.

DSA_set_default_openssl_method() and DSA_get_default_openssl_method() replaced DSA_set_default_method() and DSA_get_default_method() respectively, and DSA_set_method() and DSA_new_method() were altered to use ENGINEs rather than DSA_METHODs during development of the engine version of OpenSSL 0.9.6. For 0.9.7, the handling of defaults in the ENGINE API was restructured so that this change was reversed, and behaviour of the other functions resembled more closely the previous behaviour. The behaviour of defaults in the ENGINE API now transparently overrides the behaviour of defaults in the DSA API without requiring changing these function prototypes.


 

Index

NAME
SYNOPSIS
DESCRIPTION
THE DSA_METHOD STRUCTURE
RETURN VALUES
NOTES
SEE ALSO
HISTORY




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