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DES_CRYPT(3) Library Functions Manual DES_CRYPT(3)


des_crypt, ecb_crypt, cbc_crypt, des_setparityfast DES encryption


#include <rpc/des_crypt.h>

ecb_crypt(char *key, char *data, unsigned datalen, unsigned mode);

cbc_crypt(char *key, char *data, unsigned datalen, unsigned mode, char *ivec);

des_setparity(char *key);


The () and () functions implement the NBS DES (Data Encryption Standard). These routines are faster and more general purpose than crypt(3). They also are able to utilize DES hardware if it is available. The ecb_crypt() function encrypts in ECB (Electronic Code Book) mode, which encrypts blocks of data independently. The cbc_crypt() function encrypts in CBC (Cipher Block Chaining) mode, which chains together successive blocks. CBC mode protects against insertions, deletions and substitutions of blocks. Also, regularities in the clear text will not appear in the cipher text.

Here is how to use these routines. The first argument, key, is the 8-byte encryption key with parity. To set the key's parity, which for DES is in the low bit of each byte, use (). The second argument, data, contains the data to be encrypted or decrypted. The third argument, datalen, is the length in bytes of data, which must be a multiple of 8. The fourth argument, mode, is formed by OR'ing together some things. For the encryption direction OR in either DES_ENCRYPT or DES_DECRYPT. For software versus hardware encryption, OR in either DES_HW or DES_SW. If DES_HW is specified, and there is no hardware, then the encryption is performed in software and the routine returns DESERR_NOHWDEVICE. For (), the ivec argument is the 8-byte initialization vector for the chaining. It is updated to the next initialization vector upon return.


No error.
Encryption succeeded, but done in software instead of the requested hardware.
An error occurred in the hardware or driver.
Bad argument to routine.

Given a result status stat, the macro DES_FAILED(stat) is false only for the first two statuses.


The (), (), and des_setparity() functions are part of libtirpc.




These routines are not available in RPCSRC 4.0. This information is provided to describe the DES interface expected by Secure RPC.

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