SHA1(3) BSD Library Functions Manual SHA1(3)
SHA1Init, SHA1Update, SHA1Final, SHA1Transform, SHA1End, SHA1File, SHA1Data -- calculate the NIST Secure Hash Algorithm
SHA1Update(SHA1_CTX *context, const uint8_t *data, u_int len);
SHA1Final(uint8_t digest, SHA1_CTX *context);
SHA1Transform(uint32_t state, uint8_t buffer);
SHA1End(SHA1_CTX *context, char *buf);
SHA1File(char *filename, char *buf);
SHA1Data(uint8_t *data, size_t len, char *buf);
The SHA1 functions implement the NIST Secure Hash Algorithm (SHA-1), FIPS PUB 180-1. SHA-1 is used to generate a condensed representation of
a message called a message digest. The algorithm takes a message less than 2^64 bits as input and produces a 160-bit digest suitable for use
as a digital signature.
The SHA1 functions are considered to be more secure than the md4(3) and md5(3) functions with which they share a similar interface.
The SHA1Init() function initializes a SHA1_CTX context for use with SHA1Update(), and SHA1Final(). The SHA1Update() function adds data of
length len to the SHA1_CTX specified by context. SHA1Final() is called when all data has been added via SHA1Update() and stores a message
digest in the digest parameter. When a null pointer is passed to SHA1Final() as first argument only the final padding will be applied and
the current context can still be used with SHA1Update().
The SHA1Transform() function is used by SHA1Update() to hash 512-bit blocks and forms the core of the algorithm. Most programs should use
the interface provided by SHA1Init(), SHA1Update() and SHA1Final() instead of calling SHA1Transform() directly.
The SHA1End() function is a front end for SHA1Final() which converts the digest into an ASCII representation of the 160 bit digest in hexa-
The SHA1File() function calculates the digest for a file and returns the result via SHA1End(). If SHA1File() is unable to open the file a
NULL pointer is returned.
The SHA1Data() function calculates the digest of an arbitrary string and returns the result via SHA1End().
For each of the SHA1End(), SHA1File(), and SHA1Data() functions the buf parameter should either be a string of at least 41 characters in size
or a NULL pointer. In the latter case, space will be dynamically allocated via malloc(3) and should be freed using free(3) when it is no
The follow code fragment will calculate the digest for the string "abc" which is ``0xa9993e36476816aba3e25717850c26c9cd0d89d''.
buf = "abc";
n = strlen(buf);
SHA1Update(&sha, (uint8_t *)buf, n);
/* Print the digest as one long hex value */
for (n = 0; n < 20; n++)
Alternately, the helper functions could be used in the following way:
char *buf = "abc";
printf("0x%s", SHA1Data(buf, strlen(buf), output));
md5(1), md4(3), md5(3)
J. Burrows, The Secure Hash Standard, FIPS PUB 180-1.
The SHA-1 functions appeared in NetBSD 1.4.
This implementation of SHA-1 was written by Steve Reid.
The SHA1End(), SHA1File(), and SHA1Data() helper functions are derived from code written by Poul-Henning Kamp.
This implementation of SHA-1 has not been validated by NIST and as such is not in official compliance with the standard.
If a message digest is to be copied to a multi-byte type (ie: an array of five 32-bit integers) it will be necessary to perform byte swapping
on little endian machines such as the i386, alpha, and VAX.
July 10, 1997 BSD