BN_generate_prime.3ossl - Man Page

generate primes and test for primality


 #include <openssl/bn.h>

 int BN_generate_prime_ex2(BIGNUM *ret, int bits, int safe,
                           const BIGNUM *add, const BIGNUM *rem, BN_GENCB *cb,
                           BN_CTX *ctx);

 int BN_generate_prime_ex(BIGNUM *ret, int bits, int safe, const BIGNUM *add,
                          const BIGNUM *rem, BN_GENCB *cb);

 int BN_check_prime(const BIGNUM *p, BN_CTX *ctx, BN_GENCB *cb);

 int BN_GENCB_call(BN_GENCB *cb, int a, int b);

 BN_GENCB *BN_GENCB_new(void);

 void BN_GENCB_free(BN_GENCB *cb);

 void BN_GENCB_set_old(BN_GENCB *gencb,
                       void (*callback)(int, int, void *), void *cb_arg);

 void BN_GENCB_set(BN_GENCB *gencb,
                   int (*callback)(int, int, BN_GENCB *), void *cb_arg);

 void *BN_GENCB_get_arg(BN_GENCB *cb);

Deprecated since OpenSSL 0.9.8, can be hidden entirely by defining OPENSSL_API_COMPAT with a suitable version value, see openssl_user_macros(7):

 BIGNUM *BN_generate_prime(BIGNUM *ret, int num, int safe, BIGNUM *add,
                           BIGNUM *rem, void (*callback)(int, int, void *),
                           void *cb_arg);

 int BN_is_prime(const BIGNUM *p, int nchecks,
                 void (*callback)(int, int, void *), BN_CTX *ctx, void *cb_arg);

 int BN_is_prime_fasttest(const BIGNUM *p, int nchecks,
                          void (*callback)(int, int, void *), BN_CTX *ctx,
                          void *cb_arg, int do_trial_division);

Deprecated since OpenSSL 3.0:

 int BN_is_prime_ex(const BIGNUM *p, int nchecks, BN_CTX *ctx, BN_GENCB *cb);

 int BN_is_prime_fasttest_ex(const BIGNUM *p, int nchecks, BN_CTX *ctx,
                             int do_trial_division, BN_GENCB *cb);


BN_generate_prime_ex2() generates a pseudo-random prime number of at least bit length bits using the BN_CTX provided in ctx. The value of ctx must not be NULL.

The returned number is probably prime with a negligible error. The maximum error rate is 2^-128. It's 2^-287 for a 512 bit prime, 2^-435 for a 1024 bit prime, 2^-648 for a 2048 bit prime, and lower than 2^-882 for primes larger than 2048 bit.

If add is NULL the returned prime number will have exact bit length bits with the top most two bits set.

If ret is not NULL, it will be used to store the number.

If cb is not NULL, it is used as follows:

The prime may have to fulfill additional requirements for use in Diffie-Hellman key exchange:

If add is not NULL, the prime will fulfill the condition p % add == rem (p % add == 1 if rem == NULL) in order to suit a given generator.

If safe is true, it will be a safe prime (i.e. a prime p so that (p-1)/2 is also prime). If safe is true, and rem == NULL the condition will be p % add == 3. It is recommended that add is a multiple of 4.

The random generator must be seeded prior to calling BN_generate_prime_ex(). If the automatic seeding or reseeding of the OpenSSL CSPRNG fails due to external circumstances (see RAND(7)), the operation will fail. The random number generator configured for the OSSL_LIB_CTX associated with ctx will be used.

BN_generate_prime_ex() is the same as BN_generate_prime_ex2() except that no ctx parameter is passed. In this case the random number generator associated with the default OSSL_LIB_CTX will be used.

BN_check_prime(), BN_is_prime_ex(), BN_is_prime_fasttest_ex(), BN_is_prime() and BN_is_prime_fasttest() test if the number p is prime. The functions tests until one of the tests shows that p is composite, or all the tests passed. If p passes all these tests, it is considered a probable prime.

The test performed on p are trial division by a number of small primes and rounds of the of the Miller-Rabin probabilistic primality test.

The functions do at least 64 rounds of the Miller-Rabin test giving a maximum false positive rate of 2^-128. If the size of p is more than 2048 bits, they do at least 128 rounds giving a maximum false positive rate of 2^-256.

If nchecks is larger than the minimum above (64 or 128), nchecks rounds of the Miller-Rabin test will be done.

If do_trial_division set to 0, the trial division will be skipped. BN_is_prime_ex() and BN_is_prime() always skip the trial division.

BN_is_prime_ex(), BN_is_prime_fasttest_ex(), BN_is_prime() and BN_is_prime_fasttest() are deprecated.

BN_is_prime_fasttest() and BN_is_prime() behave just like BN_is_prime_fasttest_ex() and BN_is_prime_ex() respectively, but with the old style call back.

ctx is a preallocated BN_CTX (to save the overhead of allocating and freeing the structure in a loop), or NULL.

If the trial division is done, and no divisors are found and cb is not NULL, BN_GENCB_call(cb, 1, -1) is called.

After each round of the Miller-Rabin probabilistic primality test, if cb is not NULL, BN_GENCB_call(cb, 1, j) is called with j the iteration (j = 0, 1, ...).

BN_GENCB_call() calls the callback function held in the BN_GENCB structure and passes the ints a and b as arguments. There are two types of BN_GENCB structure that are supported: “new” style and “old” style. New programs should prefer the “new” style, whilst the “old” style is provided for backwards compatibility purposes.

A BN_GENCB structure should be created through a call to BN_GENCB_new(), and freed through a call to BN_GENCB_free().

For “new” style callbacks a BN_GENCB structure should be initialised with a call to BN_GENCB_set(), where gencb is a BN_GENCB *, callback is of type int (*callback)(int, int, BN_GENCB *) and cb_arg is a void *. “Old” style callbacks are the same except they are initialised with a call to BN_GENCB_set_old() and callback is of type void (*callback)(int, int, void *).

A callback is invoked through a call to BN_GENCB_call. This will check the type of the callback and will invoke callback(a, b, gencb) for new style callbacks or callback(a, b, cb_arg) for old style.

It is possible to obtain the argument associated with a BN_GENCB structure (set via a call to BN_GENCB_set or BN_GENCB_set_old) using BN_GENCB_get_arg.

BN_generate_prime() (deprecated) works in the same way as BN_generate_prime_ex() but expects an old-style callback function directly in the callback parameter, and an argument to pass to it in the cb_arg. BN_is_prime() and BN_is_prime_fasttest() can similarly be compared to BN_is_prime_ex() and BN_is_prime_fasttest_ex(), respectively.

Return Values

BN_generate_prime_ex() return 1 on success or 0 on error.

BN_is_prime_ex(), BN_is_prime_fasttest_ex(), BN_is_prime(), BN_is_prime_fasttest() and BN_check_prime return 0 if the number is composite, 1 if it is prime with an error probability of less than 0.25^nchecks, and -1 on error.

BN_generate_prime() returns the prime number on success, NULL otherwise.

BN_GENCB_new returns a pointer to a BN_GENCB structure on success, or NULL otherwise.

BN_GENCB_get_arg returns the argument previously associated with a BN_GENCB structure.

Callback functions should return 1 on success or 0 on error.

The error codes can be obtained by ERR_get_error(3).

Removed Functionality

As of OpenSSL 1.1.0 it is no longer possible to create a BN_GENCB structure directly, as in:

 BN_GENCB callback;

Instead applications should create a BN_GENCB structure using BN_GENCB_new:

 BN_GENCB *callback;
 callback = BN_GENCB_new();
 if (!callback)
     /* error */

See Also

DH_generate_parameters(3), DSA_generate_parameters(3), RSA_generate_key(3), ERR_get_error(3), RAND_bytes(3), RAND(7)


The BN_is_prime_ex() and BN_is_prime_fasttest_ex() functions were deprecated in OpenSSL 3.0.

The BN_GENCB_new(), BN_GENCB_free(), and BN_GENCB_get_arg() functions were added in OpenSSL 1.1.0.

BN_check_prime() was added in OpenSSL 3.0.

Referenced By

DH_generate_parameters.3ossl(3), DSA_generate_parameters.3ossl(3), RSA_generate_key.3ossl(3).

The man pages BN_check_prime.3ossl(3), BN_GENCB_call.3ossl(3), BN_GENCB_free.3ossl(3), BN_GENCB_get_arg.3ossl(3), BN_GENCB_new.3ossl(3), BN_GENCB_set.3ossl(3), BN_GENCB_set_old.3ossl(3), BN_generate_prime_ex2.3ossl(3), BN_generate_prime_ex.3ossl(3), BN_is_prime.3ossl(3), BN_is_prime_ex.3ossl(3), BN_is_prime_fasttest.3ossl(3) and BN_is_prime_fasttest_ex.3ossl(3) are aliases of BN_generate_prime.3ossl(3).

2021-09-09 3.0.0 OpenSSL