BN_SET_FLAGS(3) BSD Library Functions Manual BN_SET_FLAGS(3)
BN_set_flags, BN_get_flags — enable and inspect flags on BIGNUM objects
BN_set_flags(BIGNUM *b, int flags);
BN_get_flags(const BIGNUM *b, int flags);
BN_set_flags() enables the given flags on b. The flags argument can contain zero or more of the following constants OR’ed together:
If this flag is set on the divident a or the divisor d in BN_div(3), on the exponent p in BN_mod_exp(3), or on the divisor a or the modulus n in BN_mod_inverse(3), these functions select algorithms with an execution time independent of the respective numbers, to avoid exposing sensitive information to timing side-channel attacks.
This flag is off by default for BIGNUM objects created with BN_new(3).
If this flag is set, BN_free(3) and BN_clear_free(3) will not only clear and free the components of b, but also b itself. This flag is set internally by BN_new(3). Setting it manually on an existing BIGNUM object is usually a bad idea and can cause calls to free(3) with bogus arguments.
If this flag is set, BN_clear_free(3) will neither clear nor free the memory used for storing the number. Consequently, setting it manually on an existing BIGNUM object is usually a terrible idea that can cause both disclosure of secret data and memory leaks. This flag is automatically set on the constant BIGNUM objects returned by BN_value_one(3) and by the functions documented in BN_get0_nist_prime_521(3).
BN_get_flags() interpretes flags as a bitmask and returns those of the given flags that are set in b, OR’ed together, or 0 if none of the given flags is set. The flags argument has the same syntax as for BN_set_flags().
These functions are currently implemented as macros, but they are likely to become real functions in the future when the BIGNUM data type will be made opaque.
BN_get_flags() returns zero or more of the above constants, OR’ed together.
BN_mod_exp(3), BN_mod_inverse(3), BN_new(3), BN_with_flags(3)
BN_set_flags() and BN_get_flags() first appeared in SSLeay 0.9.1 and have been available since OpenBSD 2.6.
No public interface exists to clear a flag once it is set. So think twice before using BN_set_flags().
Even if the BN_FLG_CONSTTIME flag is set on a or b, BN_gcd() neither fails nor operates in constant time, potentially allowing timing side-channel attacks.
Even if the BN_FLG_CONSTTIME flag is set on p, if the modulus m is even, BN_mod_exp(3) does not operate in constant time, potentially allowing timing side-channel attacks.
If BN_FLG_CONSTTIME is set on p, BN_exp() fails instead of operating in constant time.
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