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EVP_PKEY_new(3) 						      OpenSSL							   EVP_PKEY_new(3)

NAME
EVP_PKEY_new, EVP_PKEY_free - private key allocation functions.
SYNOPSIS
#include <openssl/evp.h> EVP_PKEY *EVP_PKEY_new(void); void EVP_PKEY_free(EVP_PKEY *key);
DESCRIPTION
The EVP_PKEY_new() function allocates an empty EVP_PKEY structure which is used by OpenSSL to store private keys. EVP_PKEY_free() frees up the private key key.
NOTES
The EVP_PKEY structure is used by various OpenSSL functions which require a general private key without reference to any particular algo- rithm. The structure returned by EVP_PKEY_new() is empty. To add a private key to this empty structure the functions described in EVP_PKEY_set1_RSA(3) should be used.
RETURN VALUES
EVP_PKEY_new() returns either the newly allocated EVP_PKEY structure of NULL if an error occurred. EVP_PKEY_free() does not return a value.
SEE ALSO
EVP_PKEY_set1_RSA(3)
HISTORY
TBA 0.9.7a 2002-10-09 EVP_PKEY_new(3)