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=head1 NAME
EVP_PKEY_CTX_set_hkdf_md, EVP_PKEY_CTX_set1_hkdf_salt,
EVP_PKEY_CTX_set1_hkdf_key, EVP_PKEY_CTX_add1_hkdf_info -
HMAC-based Extract-and-Expand key derivation algorithm
#include <openssl/kdf.h>
int EVP_PKEY_CTX_set_hkdf_md(EVP_PKEY_CTX *pctx, const EVP_MD *md);
int EVP_PKEY_CTX_set1_hkdf_salt(EVP_PKEY_CTX *pctx, unsigned char *salt,
int saltlen);
int EVP_PKEY_CTX_set1_hkdf_key(EVP_PKEY_CTX *pctx, unsigned char *key,
int keylen);
int EVP_PKEY_CTX_add1_hkdf_info(EVP_PKEY_CTX *pctx, unsigned char *info,
int infolen);
The EVP_PKEY_HKDF algorithm implements the HKDF key derivation function.
HKDF follows the "extract-then-expand" paradigm, where the KDF logically
consists of two modules. The first stage takes the input keying material
and "extracts" from it a fixed-length pseudorandom key K. The second stage
"expands" the key K into several additional pseudorandom keys (the output
of the KDF).
EVP_PKEY_set_hkdf_md() sets the message digest associated with the HKDF.
EVP_PKEY_CTX_set1_hkdf_salt() sets the salt to B<saltlen> bytes of the
buffer B<salt>. Any existing value is replaced.
EVP_PKEY_CTX_set_hkdf_key() sets the key to B<keylen> bytes of the buffer
B<key>. Any existing value is replaced.
EVP_PKEY_CTX_add1_hkdf_info() sets the info value to B<infolen> bytes of the
buffer B<info>. If a value is already set, it is appended to the existing
HKDF also supports string based control operations via
The B<type> parameter "md" uses the supplied B<value> as the name of the digest
algorithm to use.
The B<type> parameters "salt", "key" and "info" use the supplied B<value>
parameter as a B<seed>, B<key> or B<info> value.
The names "hexsalt", "hexkey" and "hexinfo" are similar except they take a hex
string which is converted to binary.
=head1 NOTES
All these functions are implemented as macros.
A context for HKDF can be obtained by calling:
The digest, key, salt and info values must be set before a key is derived or
an error occurs.
The total length of the info buffer cannot exceed 1024 bytes in length: this
should be more than enough for any normal use of HKDF.
The output length of the KDF is specified via the length parameter to the
L<EVP_PKEY_derive(3)> function.
Since the HKDF output length is variable, passing a B<NULL> buffer as a means
to obtain the requisite length is not meaningful with HKDF.
Instead, the caller must allocate a buffer of the desired length, and pass that
buffer to L<EVP_PKEY_derive(3)> along with (a pointer initialized to) the
desired length.
Optimised versions of HKDF can be implemented in an ENGINE.
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.
=head1 EXAMPLE
This example derives 10 bytes using SHA-256 with the secret key "secret",
salt value "salt" and info value "label":
unsigned char out[10];
size_t outlen = sizeof(out);
if (EVP_PKEY_derive_init(pctx) <= 0)
/* Error */
if (EVP_PKEY_CTX_set_hkdf_md(pctx, EVP_sha256()) <= 0)
/* Error */
if (EVP_PKEY_CTX_set1_hkdf_salt(pctx, "salt", 4) <= 0)
/* Error */
if (EVP_PKEY_CTX_set1_hkdf_key(pctx, "secret", 6) <= 0)
/* Error */
if (EVP_PKEY_CTX_add1_hkdf_info(pctx, "label", 6) <= 0)
/* Error */
if (EVP_PKEY_derive(pctx, out, &outlen) <= 0)
/* Error */
RFC 5869
=head1 SEE ALSO
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