RSA_generate_key(3) OpenSSL RSA_generate_key(3)
RSA_generate_key - generate RSA key pair
RSA *RSA_generate_key(int num, unsigned long e,
void (*callback)(int,int,void *), void *cb_arg);
RSA_generate_key() generates a key pair and returns it in a newly allocated RSA structure.
The pseudo-random number generator must be seeded prior to calling RSA_generate_key().
The modulus size will be num 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
A callback function may be used to provide feedback about the progress of the key
generation. If callback is not NULL, it will be called as follows:
o While a random prime number is generated, it is called as described in
o When the n-th randomly generated prime is rejected as not suitable for the key,
callback(2, n, cb_arg) is called.
o When a random p has been found with p-1 relatively prime to e, it is called as
callback(3, 0, cb_arg).
The process is then repeated for prime q with callback(3, 1, cb_arg).
If key generation fails, RSA_generate_key() returns NULL; the error codes can be obtained
callback(2, x, cb_arg) is used with two different meanings.
RSA_generate_key() goes into an infinite loop for illegal input values.
ERR_get_error(3), openssl_rand(3), openssl_rsa(3), RSA_free(3)
The cb_arg argument was added in SSLeay 0.9.0.
1.0.1i 2009-07-20 RSA_generate_key(3)