DSA_generate_parameters(3) OpenSSL DSA_generate_parameters(3)NAMEDSA_generate_parameters - generate DSA parameters
DSA *DSA_generate_parameters(int bits, unsigned char *seed,
int seed_len, int *counter_ret, unsigned long *h_ret,
void (*callback)(int, int, void *), void *cb_arg);
DESCRIPTIONDSA_generate_parameters() generates primes p and q and a generator g
for use in the DSA.
bits is the length of the prime to be generated; the DSS allows a maxi‐
mum of 1024 bits.
If seed is NULL or seed_len < 20, the primes will be generated at ran‐
dom. Otherwise, the seed is used to generate them. If the given seed
does not yield a prime q, a new random seed is chosen and placed at
DSA_generate_parameters() places the iteration count in *counter_ret
and a counter used for finding a generator in *h_ret, unless these are
A callback function may be used to provide feedback about the progress
of the key generation. If callback is not NULL, it will be called as
· When a candidate for q is generated, callback(0, m++, cb_arg) is
called (m is 0 for the first candidate).
· When a candidate for q has passed a test by trial division, call‐
back(1, -1, cb_arg) is called. While a candidate for q is tested
by Miller-Rabin primality tests, callback(1, i, cb_arg) is called
in the outer loop (once for each witness that confirms that the
candidate may be prime); i is the loop counter (starting at 0).
· When a prime q has been found, callback(2, 0, cb_arg) and call‐
back(3, 0, cb_arg) are called.
· Before a candidate for p (other than the first) is generated and
tested, callback(0, counter, cb_arg) is called.
· When a candidate for p has passed the test by trial division, call‐
back(1, -1, cb_arg) is called. While it is tested by the Miller-
Rabin primality test, callback(1, i, cb_arg) is called in the outer
loop (once for each witness that confirms that the candidate may be
prime). i is the loop counter (starting at 0).
· When p has been found, callback(2, 1, cb_arg) is called.
· When the generator has been found, callback(3, 1, cb_arg) is
RETURN VALUEDSA_generate_parameters() returns a pointer to the DSA structure, or
NULL if the parameter generation fails. The error codes can be obtained
Seed lengths > 20 are not supported.
SEE ALSOdsa(3), ERR_get_error(3), rand(3), DSA_free(3)HISTORYDSA_generate_parameters() appeared in SSLeay 0.8. The cb_arg argument
was added in SSLeay 0.9.0. In versions up to OpenSSL 0.9.4, call‐
back(1, ...) was called in the inner loop of the Miller-Rabin test
whenever it reached the squaring step (the parameters to callback did
not reveal how many witnesses had been tested); since OpenSSL 0.9.5,
callback(1, ...) is called as in BN_is_prime(3), i.e. once for each
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