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CentOS 7.0 - man page for bn_new (centos section 3)

BN_new(3)				     OpenSSL					BN_new(3)

NAME
       BN_new, BN_init, BN_clear, BN_free, BN_clear_free - allocate and free BIGNUMs

SYNOPSIS
	#include <openssl/bn.h>

	BIGNUM *BN_new(void);

	void BN_init(BIGNUM *);

	void BN_clear(BIGNUM *a);

	void BN_free(BIGNUM *a);

	void BN_clear_free(BIGNUM *a);

DESCRIPTION
       BN_new() allocates and initializes a BIGNUM structure. BN_init() initializes an existing
       uninitialized BIGNUM.

       BN_clear() is used to destroy sensitive data such as keys when they are no longer needed.
       It erases the memory used by a and sets it to the value 0.

       BN_free() frees the components of the BIGNUM, and if it was created by BN_new(), also the
       structure itself. BN_clear_free() additionally overwrites the data before the memory is
       returned to the system.

RETURN VALUES
       BN_new() returns a pointer to the BIGNUM. If the allocation fails, it returns NULL and
       sets an error code that can be obtained by ERR_get_error(3).

       BN_init(), BN_clear(), BN_free() and BN_clear_free() have no return values.

SEE ALSO
       bn(3), ERR_get_error(3)

HISTORY
       BN_new(), BN_clear(), BN_free() and BN_clear_free() are available in all versions on
       SSLeay and OpenSSL.  BN_init() was added in SSLeay 0.9.1b.

1.0.1e					    2013-02-11					BN_new(3)


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