evp(3)                              OpenSSL                             evp(3)



NAME
       evp - high-level cryptographic functions

LIBRARY
       libcrypto, -lcrypto

SYNOPSIS
        #include <openssl/evp.h>

DESCRIPTION
       The EVP library provides a high-level interface to cryptographic func-
       tions.

       EVP_Seal... and EVP_Open... provide public key encryption and decryp-
       tion to implement digital "envelopes".

       The EVP_Sign... and EVP_Verify... functions implement digital signa-
       tures.

       Symmetric encryption is available with the EVP_Encrypt...  functions.
       The EVP_Digest... functions provide message digests.

       The EVP_PKEY... functions provide a high level interface to asymmetric
       algorithms.

       Algorithms are loaded with OpenSSL_add_all_algorithms(3).

       All the symmetric algorithms (ciphers), digests and asymmetric algo-
       rithms (public key algorithms) can be replaced by ENGINE modules pro-
       viding alternative implementations. If ENGINE implementations of
       ciphers or digests are registered as defaults, then the various EVP
       functions will automatically use those implementations automatically in
       preference to built in software implementations. For more information,
       consult the engine(3) man page.

       Although low level algorithm specific functions exist for many algo-
       rithms their use is discouraged. They cannot be used with an ENGINE and
       ENGINE versions of new algorithms cannot be accessed using the low
       level functions.  Also makes code harder to adapt to new algorithms and
       some options are not cleanly supported at the low level and some opera-
       tions are more efficient using the high level interface.

SEE ALSO
       EVP_DigestInit(3), EVP_EncryptInit(3), EVP_OpenInit(3),
       EVP_SealInit(3), EVP_SignInit(3), EVP_VerifyInit(3),
       OpenSSL_add_all_algorithms(3), engine(3)



0.9.9-dev                         2008-05-09                            evp(3)

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