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DH_set_method(3)			     OpenSSL				 DH_set_method(3)

NAME
       DH_set_default_method, DH_get_default_method, DH_set_method, DH_new_method, DH_OpenSSL -
       select DH method

LIBRARY
       libcrypto, -lcrypto

SYNOPSIS
	#include <openssl/dh.h>
	#include <openssl/engine.h>

	void DH_set_default_method(const DH_METHOD *meth);

	const DH_METHOD *DH_get_default_method(void);

	int DH_set_method(DH *dh, const DH_METHOD *meth);

	DH *DH_new_method(ENGINE *engine);

	const DH_METHOD *DH_OpenSSL(void);

DESCRIPTION
       A DH_METHOD specifies the functions that OpenSSL uses for Diffie-Hellman operations. By
       modifying the method, alternative implementations such as hardware accelerators may be
       used. IMPORTANT: See the NOTES section for important information about how these DH API
       functions are affected by the use of ENGINE API calls.

       Initially, the default DH_METHOD is the OpenSSL internal implementation, as returned by
       DH_OpenSSL().

       DH_set_default_method() makes meth the default method for all DH structures created later.
       NB: This is true only whilst no ENGINE has been set as a default for DH, so this function
       is no longer recommended.

       DH_get_default_method() returns a pointer to the current default DH_METHOD.  However, the
       meaningfulness of this result is dependent on whether the ENGINE API is being used, so
       this function is no longer recommended.

       DH_set_method() selects meth to perform all operations using the key dh.  This will
       replace the DH_METHOD used by the DH key and if the previous method was supplied by an
       ENGINE, the handle to that ENGINE will be released during the change. It is possible to
       have DH keys that only work with certain DH_METHOD implementations (eg. from an ENGINE
       module that supports embedded hardware-protected keys), and in such cases attempting to
       change the DH_METHOD for the key can have unexpected results.

       DH_new_method() allocates and initializes a DH structure so that engine will be used for
       the DH operations. If engine is NULL, the default ENGINE for DH operations is used, and if
       no default ENGINE is set, the DH_METHOD controlled by DH_set_default_method() is used.

THE DH_METHOD STRUCTURE
	typedef struct dh_meth_st
	{
	    /* name of the implementation */
	       const char *name;

	    /* generate private and public DH values for key agreement */
	       int (*generate_key)(DH *dh);

	    /* compute shared secret */
	       int (*compute_key)(unsigned char *key, BIGNUM *pub_key, DH *dh);

	    /* compute r = a ^ p mod m (May be NULL for some implementations) */
	       int (*bn_mod_exp)(DH *dh, BIGNUM *r, BIGNUM *a, const BIGNUM *p,
				       const BIGNUM *m, BN_CTX *ctx,
				       BN_MONT_CTX *m_ctx);

	    /* called at DH_new */
	       int (*init)(DH *dh);

	    /* called at DH_free */
	       int (*finish)(DH *dh);

	       int flags;

	       char *app_data; /* ?? */

	} DH_METHOD;

RETURN VALUES
       DH_OpenSSL() and DH_get_default_method() return pointers to the respective DH_METHODs.

       DH_set_default_method() returns no value.

       DH_set_method() returns non-zero if the provided meth was successfully set as the method
       for dh (including unloading the ENGINE handle if the previous method was supplied by an
       ENGINE).

       DH_new_method() returns NULL and sets an error code that can be obtained by
       ERR_get_error(3) if the allocation fails. Otherwise it returns a pointer to the newly
       allocated structure.

NOTES
       As of version 0.9.7, DH_METHOD implementations are grouped together with other algorithmic
       APIs (eg. RSA_METHOD, EVP_CIPHER, etc) in ENGINE modules. If a default ENGINE is specified
       for DH functionality using an ENGINE API function, that will override any DH defaults set
       using the DH API (ie.  DH_set_default_method()). For this reason, the ENGINE API is the
       recommended way to control default implementations for use in DH and other cryptographic
       algorithms.

SEE ALSO
       openssl_dh(3), DH_new(3)

HISTORY
       DH_set_default_method(), DH_get_default_method(), DH_set_method(), DH_new_method() and
       DH_OpenSSL() were added in OpenSSL 0.9.4.

       DH_set_default_openssl_method() and DH_get_default_openssl_method() replaced
       DH_set_default_method() and DH_get_default_method() respectively, and DH_set_method() and
       DH_new_method() were altered to use ENGINEs rather than DH_METHODs during development of
       the engine version of OpenSSL 0.9.6. For 0.9.7, the handling of defaults in the ENGINE API
       was restructured so that this change was reversed, and behaviour of the other functions
       resembled more closely the previous behaviour. The behaviour of defaults in the ENGINE API
       now transparently overrides the behaviour of defaults in the DH API without requiring
       changing these function prototypes.

1.0.1i					    2009-07-20				 DH_set_method(3)
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