threads(3) OpenSSL threads(3)
CRYPTO_set_locking_callback, CRYPTO_set_id_callback, CRYPTO_num_locks, CRYPTO_set_dyn-
lock_create_callback, CRYPTO_set_dynlock_lock_callback, CRYPTO_set_dynlock_destroy_call-
back, CRYPTO_get_new_dynlockid, CRYPTO_destroy_dynlockid, CRYPTO_lock - OpenSSL thread
void CRYPTO_set_locking_callback(void (*locking_function)(int mode,
int n, const char *file, int line));
void CRYPTO_set_id_callback(unsigned long (*id_function)(void));
/* struct CRYPTO_dynlock_value needs to be defined by the user */
void CRYPTO_set_dynlock_create_callback(struct CRYPTO_dynlock_value *
(*dyn_create_function)(char *file, int line));
void CRYPTO_set_dynlock_lock_callback(void (*dyn_lock_function)
(int mode, struct CRYPTO_dynlock_value *l,
const char *file, int line));
void CRYPTO_set_dynlock_destroy_callback(void (*dyn_destroy_function)
(struct CRYPTO_dynlock_value *l, const char *file, int line));
void CRYPTO_destroy_dynlockid(int i);
void CRYPTO_lock(int mode, int n, const char *file, int line);
#define CRYPTO_w_lock(type) \
#define CRYPTO_w_unlock(type) \
#define CRYPTO_r_lock(type) \
#define CRYPTO_r_unlock(type) \
#define CRYPTO_add(addr,amount,type) \
OpenSSL can safely be used in multi-threaded applications provided that at least two call-
back functions are set.
locking_function(int mode, int n, const char *file, int line) is needed to perform locking
on shared data structures. (Note that OpenSSL uses a number of global data structures
that will be implicitly shared whenever multiple threads use OpenSSL.) Multi-threaded
applications will crash at random if it is not set.
locking_function() must be able to handle up to CRYPTO_num_locks() different mutex locks.
It sets the n-th lock if mode & CRYPTO_LOCK, and releases it otherwise.
file and line are the file number of the function setting the lock. They can be useful for
id_function(void) is a function that returns a thread ID. It is not needed on Windows nor
on platforms where getpid() returns a different ID for each thread (most notably Linux).
Additionally, OpenSSL supports dynamic locks, and sometimes, some parts of OpenSSL need it
for better performance. To enable this, the following is required:
o Three additional callback function, dyn_create_function, dyn_lock_function and
o A structure defined with the data that each lock needs to handle.
struct CRYPTO_dynlock_value has to be defined to contain whatever structure is needed to
dyn_create_function(const char *file, int line) is needed to create a lock. Multi-
threaded applications might crash at random if it is not set.
dyn_lock_function(int mode, CRYPTO_dynlock *l, const char *file, int line) is needed to
perform locking off dynamic lock numbered n. Multi-threaded applications might crash at
random if it is not set.
dyn_destroy_function(CRYPTO_dynlock *l, const char *file, int line) is needed to destroy
the lock l. Multi-threaded applications might crash at random if it is not set.
CRYPTO_get_new_dynlockid() is used to create locks. It will call dyn_create_function for
the actual creation.
CRYPTO_destroy_dynlockid() is used to destroy locks. It will call dyn_destroy_function
for the actual destruction.
CRYPTO_lock() is used to lock and unlock the locks. mode is a bitfield describing what
should be done with the lock. n is the number of the lock as returned from
CRYPTO_get_new_dynlockid(). mode can be combined from the following values. These values
are pairwise exclusive, with undefined behaviour if misused (for example, CRYPTO_READ and
CRYPTO_WRITE should not be used together):
CRYPTO_num_locks() returns the required number of locks.
CRYPTO_get_new_dynlockid() returns the index to the newly created lock.
The other functions return no values.
You can find out if OpenSSL was configured with thread support:
// thread support enabled
// no thread support
Also, dynamic locks are currently not used internally by OpenSSL, but may do so in the
crypto/threads/mttest.c shows examples of the callback functions on Solaris, Irix and
CRYPTO_set_locking_callback() and CRYPTO_set_id_callback() are available in all versions
of SSLeay and OpenSSL. CRYPTO_num_locks() was added in OpenSSL 0.9.4. All functions
dealing with dynamic locks were added in OpenSSL 0.9.5b-dev.
0.9.7a 2001-11-08 threads(3)