get BIGNUM size
returns the size of a BIGNUM in bytes.
returns the number of significant bits in a word. As an example, 0x00000432
returns 11, not 16 or 32. Basically, except for a zero, it returns
returns the number of significant bits in a
following the same principle as
is a macro.
Some have tried using
on individual numbers in RSA keys, DH keys and DSA keys, and found that they
don't always come up with the number of bits they expected (something like
512, 1024, 2048, ...). This is because generating a number with some
specific number of bits doesn't always set the highest bits, thereby making
the number of
bits a little lower. If you want to know the "key size" of such a
key, either use functions like
DSA_size(3), or use
multiply with 8 (although there's no real guarantee that will match the
"key size", just a lot more probability).
BN_new(3), DH_size(3), DSA_size(3), RSA_size(3)
BN_num_bits() first appeared in SSLeay 0.5.1.
BN_num_bits_word() first appeared in SSLeay 0.5.2.
These functions have been available since OpenBSD