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RSA_generate_key(3)                 OpenSSL                RSA_generate_key(3)



NAME
       RSA_generate_key_ex, RSA_generate_key - generate RSA key pair

LIBRARY
       libcrypto, -lcrypto

SYNOPSIS
        #include <openssl/rsa.h>

        int RSA_generate_key_ex(RSA *rsa, int bits, BIGNUM *e, BN_GENCB *cb);

       Deprecated:

        RSA *RSA_generate_key(int num, unsigned long e,
           void (*callback)(int,int,void *), void *cb_arg);

DESCRIPTION
       RSA_generate_key_ex() generates a key pair and stores it in the RSA
       structure provided in rsa. The pseudo-random number generator must be
       seeded prior to calling RSA_generate_key_ex().

       The modulus size will be of length bits, and the public exponent will
       be e. Key sizes with num < 1024 should be considered insecure.  The
       exponent is an odd number, typically 3, 17 or 65537.

       A callback function may be used to provide feedback about the progress
       of the key generation. If cb is not NULL, it will be called as follows
       using the BN_GENCB_call() function described on the
       BN_generate_prime(3) page.

       ⊕   While a random prime number is generated, it is called as described
           in BN_generate_prime(3).

       ⊕   When the n-th randomly generated prime is rejected as not suitable
           for the key, BN_GENCB_call(cb, 2, n) is called.

       ⊕   When a random p has been found with p-1 relatively prime to e, it
           is called as BN_GENCB_call(cb, 3, 0).

       The process is then repeated for prime q with BN_GENCB_call(cb, 3, 1).

       RSA_generate_key is deprecated (new applications should use
       RSA_generate_key_ex instead). RSA_generate_key works in the same way as
       RSA_generate_key_ex except it uses "old style" call backs. See
       BN_generate_prime(3) for further details.

RETURN VALUE
       If key generation fails, RSA_generate_key() returns NULL.

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

BUGS
       BN_GENCB_call(cb, 2, x) is used with two different meanings.

       RSA_generate_key() goes into an infinite loop for illegal input values.

SEE ALSO
       ERR_get_error(3), openssl_rand(3), openssl_rsa(3), RSA_free(3),
       BN_generate_prime(3)

HISTORY
       The cb_arg argument was added in SSLeay 0.9.0.



1.0.2k                            2017-01-27               RSA_generate_key(3)