HP Open Source Security for OpenVMS Volume 2: HP SSL for OpenVMS > CRYPTO Application
Programming Interface (API) Reference
A DH_METHOD specifies the functions that OpenSSL uses for Diffie-Hellman operations. By modifying the method, alternative implementations such as hardware accelerators may be used. IMPORTANT: See the NOTES section for important information about how these DH API functions are affected by the use of ENGINE API calls.
Initially, the default DH_METHOD is the OpenSSL internal implementation, as returned by DH_OpenSSL().
DH_set_default_method() makes meth the default method for all DH structures created later. NB: This is true only whilst no ENGINE has been set as a default for DH, so this function is no longer recommended.
DH_get_default_method() returns a pointer to the current default DH_METHOD. However, the meaningfulness of this result is dependant on whether the ENGINE API is being used, so this function is no longer recommended.
DH_set_method() selects meth to perform all operations using the key dh. This will replace the DH_METHOD used by the DH key and if the previous method was supplied by an ENGINE, the handle to that ENGINE will be released during the change. It is possible to have DH keys that only work with certain DH_METHOD implementations (eg. from an ENGINE module that supports embedded hardware-protected keys), and in such cases attempting to change the DH_METHOD for the key can have unexpected results.
DH_new_method() allocates and initializes a DH structure so that engine will be used for the DH operations. If engine is NULL, the default ENGINE for DH operations is used, and if no default ENGINE is set, the DH_METHOD controlled by DH_set_default_method() is used.
THE DH_METHOD STRUCTURE
DH_OpenSSL() and DH_get_default_method() return pointers to the respective DH_METHODs.
DH_set_default_method() returns no value.
DH_set_method() returns non-zero if the provided meth was successfully set as the method for dh (including unloading the ENGINE handle if the previous method was supplied by an ENGINE).
DH_new_method() returns NULL and sets an error code that can be obtained by ERR_get_error(3) if the allocation fails. Otherwise it returns a pointer to the newly allocated structure.
As of version 0.9.7, DH_METHOD implementations are grouped together with other algorithmic APIs (eg. RSA_METHOD, EVP_CIPHER, etc) in ENGINE modules. If a default ENGINE is specified for DH functionality using an ENGINE API function, that will override any DH defaults set using the DH API (ie. DH_set_default_method()). For this reason, the ENGINE API is the recommended way to control default implementations for use in DH and other cryptographic algorithms.
DH_set_default_method(), DH_get_default_method(), DH_set_method(), DH_new_method() and DH_OpenSSL() were added in OpenSSL 0.9.4.
DH_set_default_openssl_method() and DH_get_default_openssl_method() replaced DH_set_default_method() and DH_get_default_method() respectively, and DH_set_method() and DH_new_method() were altered to use ENGINEs rather than DH_METHODs during development of the engine version of OpenSSL 0.9.6. For 0.9.7, the handling of defaults in the ENGINE API was restructured so that this change was reversed, and behaviour of the other functions resembled more closely the previous behaviour. The behaviour of defaults in the ENGINE API now transparently overrides the behaviour of defaults in the DH API without requiring changing these function prototypes.