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OPENSSL_init_ssl — OpenSSL (libssl and libcrypto) initialisation

Synopsis

#include <openssl/ssl.h>
int OPENSSL_init_ssl(uint64_t opts, const OPENSSL_INIT_SETTINGS *settings);

Description

During normal operation OpenSSL (libssl and libcrypto) will allocate various resources at start up that must, subsequently, be freed on close down of the library. Additionally some resources are allocated on a per thread basis (if the application is multi-threaded), and these resources must be freed prior to the thread closing.

As of version 1.1.0 OpenSSL will automatically allocate all resources that it needs so no explicit initialisation is required. Similarly it will also automatically deinitialise as required.

However, there may be situations when explicit initialisation is desirable or needed, for example when some non-default initialisation is required. The function OPENSSL_init_ssl() can be used for this purpose. Calling this function will explicitly initialise BOTH libcrypto and libssl. To explicitly initialise ONLY libcrypto see the OPENSSL_init_crypto(3) function.

Numerous internal OpenSSL functions call OPENSSL_init_ssl(). Therefore, in order to perform non-default initialisation, OPENSSL_init_ssl() MUST be called by application code prior to any other OpenSSL function calls.

The opts parameter specifies which aspects of libssl and libcrypto should be initialised. Valid options for libcrypto are described on the OPENSSL_init_crypto(3) page. In addition to any libcrypto specific option the following libssl options can also be used:

OPENSSL_INIT_NO_LOAD_SSL_STRINGS
Suppress automatic loading of the libssl error strings. This option is not a default option. Once selected subsequent calls to OPENSSL_init_ssl() with the option OPENSSL_INIT_LOAD_SSL_STRINGS will be ignored.
OPENSSL_INIT_LOAD_SSL_STRINGS
Automatic loading of the libssl error strings. This option is a default option. Once selected subsequent calls to OPENSSL_init_ssl() with the option OPENSSL_INIT_LOAD_SSL_STRINGS will be ignored.

OPENSSL_init_ssl() takes a settings parameter which can be used to set parameter values. See OPENSSL_init_crypto(3) for details.

Return Values

The function OPENSSL_init_ssl() returns 1 on success or 0 on error.

See Also

OPENSSL_init_crypto(3)

History

The OPENSSL_init_ssl() function was added in OpenSSL 1.1.0.

Info

2016-12-02 1.1.0c OpenSSL