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BN_NUM_BYTES(3) Library Functions Manual BN_NUM_BYTES(3)

BN_num_bytes, BN_num_bits, BN_num_bits_wordget BIGNUM size

#include <openssl/bn.h>

BN_num_bytes(const BIGNUM *a);

BN_num_bits(const BIGNUM *a);

BN_num_bits_word(BN_ULONG w);

() 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

floor(log2(w)) + 1

() returns the number of significant bits in a , following the same principle as BN_num_bits_word().

() 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 RSA_size(3), DH_size(3), and DSA_size(3), or use BN_num_bytes() and multiply with 8 (although there's no real guarantee that will match the "key size", just a lot more probability).

The size.

BN_new(3), DH_size(3), DSA_size(3), RSA_size(3)

BN_num_bytes() and 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 2.4.

March 27, 2018 OpenBSD-7.1