EVP_KEM-EC.7ossl - Man Page

EVP_KEM EC keytype and algorithm support


The EC keytype and its parameters are described in EVP_PKEY-EC(7). See EVP_PKEY_encapsulate(3) and EVP_PKEY_decapsulate(3) for more info.

EC KEM parameters

"operation" (OSSL_KEM_PARAM_OPERATION)<UTF8 string>

The OpenSSL EC Key Encapsulation Mechanisms only supports the following operation:


The encapsulate function generates an ephemeral keypair. It produces keymaterial by doing an ECDH key exchange using the ephemeral private key and a supplied recipient public key. A HKDF operation using the keymaterial and a kem context then produces a shared secret. The shared secret and the ephemeral public key are returned. The decapsulate function uses the recipient private key and the ephemeral public key to produce the same keymaterial, which can then be used to produce the same shared secret. See <https://www.rfc-editor.org/rfc/rfc9180.html#name-dh-based-kem-dhkem>

This can be set using either EVP_PKEY_CTX_set_kem_op() or EVP_PKEY_CTX_set_params().

"ikme" (OSSL_KEM_PARAM_IKME) <octet string>

Used to specify the key material used for generation of the ephemeral key. This value should not be reused for other purposes. It can only be used for the curves "P-256", "P-384" and "P-521" and should have a length of at least the size of the encoded private key (i.e. 32, 48 and 66 for the listed curves). If this value is not set, then a random ikm is used.

Conforming to


See Also

EVP_PKEY_CTX_set_kem_op(3), EVP_PKEY_encapsulate(3), EVP_PKEY_decapsulate(3) EVP_KEYMGMT(3), EVP_PKEY(3), provider-keymgmt(7)


This functionality was added in OpenSSL 3.2.

Referenced By

EVP_PKEY_decapsulate.3ossl(3), EVP_PKEY_encapsulate.3ossl(3), OSSL_PROVIDER-default.7ossl(7).

2024-03-07 3.2.1 OpenSSL