[Botan-devel] Using Botan for encryption/decryption

Jack Lloyd lloyd at randombit.net
Mon Mar 30 21:29:55 EDT 2009


On Thu, Mar 26, 2009 at 04:26:49PM -0700, Bala Narasimhan wrote:
> Thank you.
> 
> This makes sense.
> 
> Is key management always something the user needs to do in order to use
> Botan?
> 
> Are there ways to have Botan deal with key management and related issues
> and  have the user simply call into an interface to encrypt a buffer using a
> specified algorithm [same for decrypt]?

No, currently there is no key management/storage support in botan
(beyond the basics like serialization, key encryption and generation,
and so on).

One option along these lines is SoftHSM
(http://www.opendnssec.se/wiki/SoftHSM) which is a PKCS #11
implementation that uses botan internally.

-Jack



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