NAME

BN_CTX_new, BN_CTX_init, BN_CTX_free - allocate and free BN_CTX structures


SYNOPSIS

 #include <openssl/bn.h>
 BN_CTX *BN_CTX_new(void);
 void BN_CTX_free(BN_CTX *c);


DESCRIPTION

A BN_CTX is a structure that holds BIGNUM temporary variables used by library functions. Since dynamic memory allocation to create BIGNUMs is rather expensive when used in conjunction with repeated subroutine calls, the BN_CTX structure is used.

BN_CTX_new() allocates and initializes a BN_CTX structure.

BN_CTX_free() frees the components of the BN_CTX, and if it was created by BN_CTX_new(), also the structure itself. If BN_CTX_start has been used on the BN_CTX, BN_CTX_end must be called before the BN_CTX may be freed by BN_CTX_free().


RETURN VALUES

BN_CTX_new() returns a pointer to the BN_CTX. If the allocation fails, it returns NULL and sets an error code that can be obtained by ERR_get_error.

BN_CTX_free() has no return values.


REMOVED FUNCTIONALITY

 void BN_CTX_init(BN_CTX *c);

BN_CTX_init() is no longer available as of OpenSSL 1.1.0. Applications should replace use of BN_CTX_init with BN_CTX_new instead:

 BN_CTX *ctx;
 ctx = BN_CTX_new();
 if(!ctx) /* Handle error */
 ...
 BN_CTX_free(ctx);


SEE ALSO

bn, ERR_get_error, BN_add, BN_CTX_start


HISTORY

BN_CTX_new() and BN_CTX_free() are available in all versions on SSLeay and OpenSSL. BN_CTX_init() was added in SSLeay 0.9.1b and removed in OpenSSL 1.1.0.