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EVP_SignInit(3)			    OpenSSL		       EVP_SignInit(3)

       EVP_SignInit, EVP_SignUpdate, EVP_SignFinal - EVP signing functions

	#include <openssl/evp.h>

	int EVP_SignInit_ex(EVP_MD_CTX *ctx, const EVP_MD *type, ENGINE *impl);
	int EVP_SignUpdate(EVP_MD_CTX *ctx, const void *d, unsigned int cnt);
	int EVP_SignFinal(EVP_MD_CTX *ctx,unsigned char *sig,unsigned int *s, EVP_PKEY *pkey);

	void EVP_SignInit(EVP_MD_CTX *ctx, const EVP_MD *type);

	int EVP_PKEY_size(EVP_PKEY *pkey);

       The EVP signature routines are a high level interface to digital

       EVP_SignInit_ex() sets up signing context ctx to use digest type from
       ENGINE impl. ctx must be initialized with EVP_MD_CTX_init() before
       calling this function.

       EVP_SignUpdate() hashes cnt bytes of data at d into the signature
       context ctx. This function can be called several times on the same ctx
       to include additional data.

       EVP_SignFinal() signs the data in ctx using the private key pkey and
       places the signature in sig. The number of bytes of data written (i.e.
       the length of the signature) will be written to the integer at s, at
       most EVP_PKEY_size(pkey) bytes will be written.

       EVP_SignInit() initializes a signing context ctx to use the default
       implementation of digest type.

       EVP_PKEY_size() returns the maximum size of a signature in bytes. The
       actual signature returned by EVP_SignFinal() may be smaller.

       EVP_SignInit_ex(), EVP_SignUpdate() and EVP_SignFinal() return 1 for
       success and 0 for failure.

       EVP_PKEY_size() returns the maximum size of a signature in bytes.

       The error codes can be obtained by ERR_get_error(3).

       The EVP interface to digital signatures should almost always be used in
       preference to the low level interfaces. This is because the code then
       becomes transparent to the algorithm used and much more flexible.

       Due to the link between message digests and public key algorithms the
       correct digest algorithm must be used with the correct public key type.
       A list of algorithms and associated public key algorithms appears in

       When signing with DSA private keys the random number generator must be
       seeded or the operation will fail. The random number generator does not
       need to be seeded for RSA signatures.

       The call to EVP_SignFinal() internally finalizes a copy of the digest
       context.	 This means that calls to EVP_SignUpdate() and EVP_SignFinal()
       can be called later to digest and sign additional data.

       Since only a copy of the digest context is ever finalized the context
       must be cleaned up after use by calling EVP_MD_CTX_cleanup() or a
       memory leak will occur.

       Older versions of this documentation wrongly stated that calls to
       EVP_SignUpdate() could not be made after calling EVP_SignFinal().

       Since the private key is passed in the call to EVP_SignFinal() any
       error relating to the private key (for example an unsuitable key and
       digest combination) will not be indicated until after potentially large
       amounts of data have been passed through EVP_SignUpdate().

       It is not possible to change the signing parameters using these

       The previous two bugs are fixed in the newer EVP_SignDigest*()

       EVP_VerifyInit(3), EVP_DigestInit(3), err(3), evp(3), hmac(3), md2(3),
       md5(3), mdc2(3), ripemd(3), sha(3), dgst(1)

       EVP_SignInit(), EVP_SignUpdate() and EVP_SignFinal() are available in
       all versions of SSLeay and OpenSSL.

       EVP_SignInit_ex() was added in OpenSSL 0.9.7.

1.0.1g				  2014-03-17		       EVP_SignInit(3)

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