BN_CTX_new, BN_CTX_secure_new, BN_CTX_init, BN_CTX_free - allocate and free BN_CTX structures
#include <openssl/bn.h> BN_CTX *BN_CTX_new(void); BN_CTX *BN_CTX_secure_new(void); void BN_CTX_free(BN_CTX *c);
A BN_CTX is a structure that holds BIGNUM temporary variables used by library functions. Since dynamic memory allocation to create BIGNUMs is rather expensive when used in conjunction with repeated subroutine calls, the BN_CTX structure is used.
BN_CTX_new() allocates and initializes a BN_CTX structure. BN_CTX_secure_new() allocates and initializes a BN_CTX structure but uses the secure heap (see CRYPTO_secure_malloc) to hold the BIGNUMs.
BN_CTX_free() frees the components of the BN_CTX, and if it was created by BN_CTX_new(), also the structure itself. If BN_CTX_start has been used on the BN_CTX, BN_CTX_end must be called before the BN_CTX may be freed by BN_CTX_free(). If c is NULL, nothing is done.
BN_CTX_new() and BN_CTX_secure_new() return a pointer to the BN_CTX. If the allocation fails, they return NULL and sets an error code that can be obtained by ERR_get_error.
BN_CTX_free() has no return values.
void BN_CTX_init(BN_CTX *c);
BN_CTX_init() is no longer available as of OpenSSL 1.1.0. Applications should replace use of BN_CTX_init with BN_CTX_new instead:
BN_CTX *ctx; ctx = BN_CTX_new(); if(!ctx) /* Handle error */ ... BN_CTX_free(ctx);
BN_CTX_new() and BN_CTX_free() are available in all versions on SSLeay and OpenSSL. BN_CTX_init() was added in SSLeay 0.9.1b and removed in OpenSSL 1.1.0.