[Botan-devel] Getting the binary form of the key

Z. S. O. tiredashell at gmail.com
Thu Oct 8 23:20:26 EDT 2009

Yeah I apologize for my imprecise terminology, I meant that I needed a
function to give me a private or public key without the PEM encoding, which
I incorrectly referred to as the PKCS8 and X509 encoding. It looks like the
"encode" function will do the trick -- it should have been obvious to me as
I searched the docs, but my eyes were looking for a function that returned
an std::string so I missed it. Thanks again.

On Wed, Oct 7, 2009 at 11:10 PM, Jack Lloyd <lloyd at randombit.net> wrote:

> On Wed, Oct 07, 2009 at 11:03:03PM -0400, Z. S. O. wrote:
> > I've had an easy enough job getting the PKCS8-encoded version of
> > an RSA_PrivateKey and its X509-encoded equivalent, as seen below, but I'd
> > prefer just getting the raw binary version of the keys encoded as a byte
> > array. Is there a simple function with this purpose that I am missing?
> I'm
> > thinking something along the lines of the bits_of function for a
> > SymmetricKey.
> The functions PKCS8::encode() and PKCS8::encrypt_key() will produce
> the raw binary PKCS #8 serialization, sending the data into a Pipe&.
> X509::encode() will do the same for a public key.
> I'm not sure if this exactly what you mean by 'raw binary' - the
> output will be the same as the PEM encode variants (except, obviously,
> with the PEM encoding). The PKCS #8 and subjectPublicKeyInfo formats
> have the advantage of being portable across systems and
> implementations, though.
> You could also roll something on your own using BigInt::encode(), but
> of course you'd have to deal with all the length fields, etc yourself
> and nothing else will be able to understand it without special help.
> -Jack
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