Cryptography and SSL/TLS Toolkit



EVP_PKEY_decrypt_init, EVP_PKEY_decrypt_init_ex, EVP_PKEY_decrypt - decrypt using a public key algorithm


#include <openssl/evp.h>

int EVP_PKEY_decrypt_init(EVP_PKEY_CTX *ctx);
int EVP_PKEY_decrypt_init_ex(EVP_PKEY_CTX *ctx, const OSSL_PARAM params[]);
int EVP_PKEY_decrypt(EVP_PKEY_CTX *ctx,
                     unsigned char *out, size_t *outlen,
                     const unsigned char *in, size_t inlen);


The EVP_PKEY_decrypt_init() function initializes a public key algorithm context using key pkey for a decryption operation.

The EVP_PKEY_decrypt_init_ex() function initializes a public key algorithm context using key pkey for a decryption operation and sets the algorithm specific params.

The EVP_PKEY_decrypt() function performs a public key decryption operation using ctx. The data to be decrypted is specified using the in and inlen parameters. If out is NULL then the minimum required size of the output buffer is written to the *outlen parameter.

If out is not NULL then before the call the *outlen parameter must contain the length of the out buffer. If the call is successful the decrypted data is written to out and the amount of the decrypted data written to *outlen, otherwise an error is returned.


After the call to EVP_PKEY_decrypt_init() algorithm specific control operations can be performed to set any appropriate parameters for the operation. These operations can be included in the EVP_PKEY_decrypt_init_ex() call.

The function EVP_PKEY_decrypt() can be called more than once on the same context if several operations are performed using the same parameters.


EVP_PKEY_decrypt_init(), EVP_PKEY_decrypt_init_ex() and EVP_PKEY_decrypt() 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.


Decrypt data using OAEP (for RSA keys):

#include <openssl/evp.h>
#include <openssl/rsa.h>

ENGINE *eng;
unsigned char *out, *in;
size_t outlen, inlen;
EVP_PKEY *key;

 * NB: assumes key, eng, in, inlen are already set up
 * and that key is an RSA private key
ctx = EVP_PKEY_CTX_new(key, eng);
if (!ctx)
    /* Error occurred */
if (EVP_PKEY_decrypt_init(ctx) <= 0)
    /* Error */
if (EVP_PKEY_CTX_set_rsa_padding(ctx, RSA_PKCS1_OAEP_PADDING) <= 0)
    /* Error */

/* Determine buffer length */
if (EVP_PKEY_decrypt(ctx, NULL, &outlen, in, inlen) <= 0)
    /* Error */

out = OPENSSL_malloc(outlen);

if (!out)
    /* malloc failure */

if (EVP_PKEY_decrypt(ctx, out, &outlen, in, inlen) <= 0)
    /* Error */

/* Decrypted data is outlen bytes written to buffer out */


EVP_PKEY_CTX_new(3), EVP_PKEY_encrypt(3), EVP_PKEY_sign(3), EVP_PKEY_verify(3), EVP_PKEY_verify_recover(3), EVP_PKEY_derive(3)


These functions were added in OpenSSL 1.0.0.

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