BN_SECURITY_BITS

Section: OpenSSL (3)
Updated: 2019-10-03
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NAME

BN_security_bits - returns bits of security based on given numbers  

SYNOPSIS

 #include <openssl/bn.h>

 int BN_security_bits(int L, int N);

 

DESCRIPTION

BN_security_bits() returns the number of bits of security provided by a specific algorithm and a particular key size. The bits of security is defined in NIST SP800-57. Currently, BN_security_bits() support two types of asymmetric algorithms: the FFC (Finite Field Cryptography) and IFC (Integer Factorization Cryptography). For FFC, e.g., DSA and DH, both parameters L and N are used to decide the bits of security, where L is the size of the public key and N is the size of the private key. For IFC, e.g., RSA, only L is used and it's commonly considered to be the key size (modulus).  

RETURN VALUES

Number of security bits.  

NOTES

ECC (Elliptic Curve Cryptography) is not covered by the BN_security_bits() function. The symmetric algorithms are not covered neither.  

SEE ALSO

DH_security_bits(3), DSA_security_bits(3), RSA_security_bits(3)  

HISTORY

The BN_security_bits() function was added in OpenSSL 1.1.0.  

COPYRIGHT

Copyright 2017-2019 The OpenSSL Project Authors. All Rights Reserved.

Licensed under the OpenSSL license (the ``License''). You may not use this file except in compliance with the License. You can obtain a copy in the file LICENSE in the source distribution or at <https://www.openssl.org/source/license.html>.


 

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