EVP_PKEY_CTX_set_scrypt_N.3ossl - Man Page

EVP_PKEY scrypt KDF support functions


 #include <openssl/kdf.h>

 int EVP_PKEY_CTX_set1_scrypt_salt(EVP_PKEY_CTX *pctx, unsigned char *salt,
                                   int saltlen);

 int EVP_PKEY_CTX_set_scrypt_N(EVP_PKEY_CTX *pctx, uint64_t N);

 int EVP_PKEY_CTX_set_scrypt_r(EVP_PKEY_CTX *pctx, uint64_t r);

 int EVP_PKEY_CTX_set_scrypt_p(EVP_PKEY_CTX *pctx, uint64_t p);

 int EVP_PKEY_CTX_set_scrypt_maxmem_bytes(EVP_PKEY_CTX *pctx,
                                          uint64_t maxmem);


These functions are used to set up the necessary data to use the scrypt KDF. For more information on scrypt, see EVP_KDF-SCRYPT(7).

EVP_PKEY_CTX_set1_scrypt_salt() sets the saltlen bytes long salt value.

EVP_PKEY_CTX_set_scrypt_N(), EVP_PKEY_CTX_set_scrypt_r() and EVP_PKEY_CTX_set_scrypt_p() configure the work factors N, r and p.

EVP_PKEY_CTX_set_scrypt_maxmem_bytes() sets how much RAM key derivation may maximally use, given in bytes. If RAM is exceeded because the load factors are chosen too high, the key derivation will fail.

String CTRLS

scrypt also supports string based control operations via EVP_PKEY_CTX_ctrl_str(3). Similarly, the salt can either be specified using the type parameter "salt" or in hex encoding by using the "hexsalt" parameter. The work factors N, r and p as well as maxmem_bytes can be set by using the parameters "N", "r", "p" and "maxmem_bytes", respectively.


There is a newer generic API for KDFs, EVP_KDF(3), which is preferred over the EVP_PKEY method.

The scrypt KDF also uses EVP_PKEY_CTX_set1_pbe_pass() as well as the value from the string controls "pass" and "hexpass". See EVP_PKEY_CTX_set1_pbe_pass(3).

Return Values

All these functions return 1 for success and 0 or a negative value for failure. In particular a return value of -2 indicates the operation is not supported by the public key algorithm.

See Also

EVP_KDF(3) EVP_PKEY_CTX_new(3), EVP_PKEY_CTX_ctrl_str(3), EVP_PKEY_derive(3)


All of the functions described here were converted from macros to functions in OpenSSL 3.0.

Referenced By

The man pages EVP_PKEY_CTX_set1_scrypt_salt.3ossl(3), EVP_PKEY_CTX_set_scrypt_maxmem_bytes.3ossl(3), EVP_PKEY_CTX_set_scrypt_p.3ossl(3) and EVP_PKEY_CTX_set_scrypt_r.3ossl(3) are aliases of EVP_PKEY_CTX_set_scrypt_N.3ossl(3).

2024-04-04 3.2.1 OpenSSL