Key.javaAPI DocphoneME MR2 API (J2ME)4230Wed May 02 18:00:38 BST


public interface Key
The Key interface is the top-level interface for all keys. It defines the functionality shared by all key objects. All keys have three characteristics:
  • An Algorithm

    This is the key algorithm for that key. The key algorithm is usually an encryption or asymmetric operation algorithm (such as DSA or RSA), which will work with those algorithms and with related algorithms (such as MD5 with RSA, SHA-1 with RSA, Raw DSA, etc.)

  • An Encoded Form

    This is an external encoded form for the key used when a standard representation of the key is needed outside the Java Virtual Machine, as when transmitting the key to some other party. The key is encoded according to a standard format (such as X.509 SubjectPublicKeyInfo). Note: The syntax of the ASN.1 type SubjectPublicKeyInfo is defined as follows:

    SubjectPublicKeyInfo ::= SEQUENCE {
    algorithm AlgorithmIdentifier,
    subjectPublicKey BIT STRING }
    AlgorithmIdentifier ::= SEQUENCE {
    algorithm OBJECT IDENTIFIER,
    parameters ANY DEFINED BY algorithm OPTIONAL }
    For more information, see RFC 2459: Internet X.509 Public Key Infrastructure Certificate and CRL Profile.

  • A Format

    This is the name of the format of the encoded key.

Keys are generally obtained through key generators and certificates. Keys may also be obtained from key specifications (transparent representations of the underlying key material) through the use of a key factory.

Fields Summary
Constructors Summary
Methods Summary
public java.lang.StringgetAlgorithm()
Returns the standard algorithm name for this key. For example, "DSA" would indicate that this key is a DSA key. See Appendix A in the Java Cryptography Architecture API Specification & Reference for information about standard algorithm names

the name of the algorithm associated with this key.

public byte[]getEncoded()
Returns the key in its primary encoding format, or null if this key does not support encoding.

the encoded key, or null if the key does not support encoding.

public java.lang.StringgetFormat()
Returns the name of the primary encoding format of this key, or null if this key does not support encoding. The primary encoding format is named in terms of the appropriate ASN.1 data format, if an ASN.1 specification for this key exists. For example, the name of the ASN.1 data format for public keys is SubjectPublicKeyInfo, as defined by the X.509 standard; in this case, the returned format is "X.509". Similarly, the name of the ASN.1 data format for private keys is PrivateKeyInfo, as defined by the PKCS #8 standard; in this case, the returned format is "PKCS#8".

the primary encoding format of the key.