EVP_SealInit(3) OpenSSL EVP_SealInit(3)
EVP_SealInit, EVP_SealUpdate, EVP_SealFinal - EVP envelope encryption
int EVP_SealInit(EVP_CIPHER_CTX *ctx, EVP_CIPHER *type, unsigned char **ek,
int *ekl, unsigned char *iv,EVP_PKEY **pubk, int npubk);
int EVP_SealUpdate(EVP_CIPHER_CTX *ctx, unsigned char *out,
int *outl, unsigned char *in, int inl);
int EVP_SealFinal(EVP_CIPHER_CTX *ctx, unsigned char *out,
The EVP envelope routines are a high level interface to envelope encryption. They generate
a random key and IV (if required) then "envelope" it by using public key encryption. Data
can then be encrypted using this key.
EVP_SealInit() initializes a cipher context ctx for encryption with cipher type using a
random secret key and IV. type is normally supplied by a function such as EVP_des_cbc().
The secret key is encrypted using one or more public keys, this allows the same encrypted
data to be decrypted using any of the corresponding private keys. ek is an array of buf-
fers where the public key encrypted secret key will be written, each buffer must contain
enough room for the corresponding encrypted key: that is ek[i] must have room for
EVP_PKEY_size(pubk[i]) bytes. The actual size of each encrypted secret key is written to
the array ekl. pubk is an array of npubk public keys.
The iv parameter is a buffer where the generated IV is written to. It must contain enough
room for the corresponding cipher's IV, as determined by (for example)
If the cipher does not require an IV then the iv parameter is ignored and can be NULL.
EVP_SealUpdate() and EVP_SealFinal() have exactly the same properties as the EVP_Encryp-
tUpdate() and EVP_EncryptFinal() routines, as documented on the EVP_EncryptInit(3) manual
EVP_SealInit() returns 0 on error or npubk if successful.
EVP_SealUpdate() and EVP_SealFinal() return 1 for success and 0 for failure.
Because a random secret key is generated the random number generator must be seeded before
The public key must be RSA because it is the only OpenSSL public key algorithm that sup-
ports key transport.
Envelope encryption is the usual method of using public key encryption on large amounts of
data, this is because public key encryption is slow but symmetric encryption is fast. So
symmetric encryption is used for bulk encryption and the small random symmetric key used
is transferred using public key encryption.
It is possible to call EVP_SealInit() twice in the same way as EVP_EncryptInit(). The
first call should have npubk set to 0 and (after setting any cipher parameters) it should
be called again with type set to NULL.
evp(3), rand(3), EVP_EncryptInit(3), EVP_OpenInit(3)
EVP_SealFinal() did not return a value before OpenSSL 0.9.7.
0.9.7a 2003-01-26 EVP_SealInit(3)