HMAC, HMAC_Init, HMAC_Update, HMAC_Final, HMAC_cleanup – HMAC message
authentication code


#include (openssl/hmac.h)

unsigned char *HMAC(const EVP_MD *evp_md, const void *key,
int key_len, const unsigned char *d, int n,
unsigned char *md, unsigned int *md_len);

void HMAC_CTX_init(HMAC_CTX *ctx);

void HMAC_Init(HMAC_CTX *ctx, const void *key, int key_len,
const EVP_MD *md);
void HMAC_Init_ex(HMAC_CTX *ctx, const void *key, int key_len,
const EVP_MD *md);
void HMAC_Update(HMAC_CTX *ctx, const unsigned char *data, int len);
void HMAC_Final(HMAC_CTX *ctx, unsigned char *md, unsigned int *len);

void HMAC_CTX_cleanup(HMAC_CTX *ctx);
void HMAC_cleanup(HMAC_CTX *ctx);


HMAC is a MAC (message authentication code), i.e. a keyed hash function
used for message authentication, which is based on a hash function.

HMAC() computes the message authentication code of the n bytes at d
using the hash function evp_md and the key key which is key_len bytes

It places the result in md (which must have space for the output of the
hash function, which is no more than EVP_MAX_MD_SIZE bytes). If md is
NULL, the digest is placed in a static array. The size of the output
is placed in md_len, unless it is NULL.

evp_md can be EVP_sha1(), EVP_ripemd160() etc. key and evp_md may be
NULL if a key and hash function have been set in a previous call to
HMAC_Init() for that HMAC_CTX.

HMAC_CTX_init() initialises a HMAC_CTX before first use. It must be

HMAC_CTX_cleanup() erases the key and other data from the HMAC_CTX and
releases any associated resources. It must be called when an HMAC_CTX
is no longer required.

HMAC_cleanup() is an alias for HMAC_CTX_cleanup() included for back
compatibility with 0.9.6b, it is deprecated.

The following functions may be used if the message is not completely
stored in memory:

HMAC_Init() initializes a HMAC_CTX structure to use the hash function
evp_md and the key key which is key_len bytes long. It is deprecated
and only included for backward compatibility with OpenSSL 0.9.6b.

HMAC_Init_ex() initializes or reuses a HMAC_CTX structure to use the
function evp_md and key key. Either can be NULL, in which case the
existing one will be reused. HMAC_CTX_init() must have been called
before the first use of an HMAC_CTX in this function. N.B. HHMMAACC_IInniitt(())
had this undocumented behaviour in previous versions of OpenSSL – fail-
ure to switch to HHMMAACC_IInniitt_eexx(()) in programs that expect it will cause
them to stop working.

HMAC_Update() can be called repeatedly with chunks of the message to be
authenticated (len bytes at data).

HMAC_Final() places the message authentication code in md, which must
have space for the hash function output.


HMAC() returns a pointer to the message authentication code.
HMAC_CTX_init(), HMAC_Init_ex(), HMAC_Update(), HMAC_Final() and
HMAC_CTX_cleanup() do not return values.



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