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Class PrivateKeyEncoder

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public abstract class PrivateKeyEncoder
extends Object

Allows the developer to encode private keys using a variety of supported encoding algorithms. The details of creating and using the appropriate algorithm are managed by PrivateKeyEncoder and are completely transparent to the developer.

Encoding a Private Key

Encoding a private key involves calling the public static encode() method with the desired private key. As the following code illustrates, encoding an RSA private key using the X509 algorithm is straightforward:

      RSAPrivateKey key = new RSAPrivateKey( ... );
      EncodedKey encodedKey = PrivateKeyEncoder.encode( key, "PKCS8" );
 
Of course, the RSA private key must be properly created and initialized.

Decoding a Private Key

Decoding a private key is similar to encoding one. Simply call the public static decode() method with the encoded key data:

      byte[] encodedKeyData = ...;
      PrivateKey decodedKey = PrivateKeyDecoder.decode( encodedKeyData, "PKCS8" );
 
This code assumes that encodedKeyData contains a properly encoded private key.

Supported Encoding Algorithms

Please see here for a list of the RIM supplied encoding algorithms. Currently, RIM provides the following private key encoding algorithms, which can be accessed with the specifed string :

Microsoft Crypto API Use the encoding string "MSCAPI".
PKCS8 encoding Use the encoding string "PKCS8".

The MSCAPI encoding can be found in MSDN. The PKCS8 encoding is found in the PKCS8 standard v1.2.

For algorithms not found in this list, a developer can implement additional private key encoding algorithms that can be integrated into the Crypto API. Please see the tutorial on Adding Encoders.

Category:
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Since:
JDE 3.6.0

Constructor Summary
 
Method Summary
 Category: Signed static EncodedKey encode(PrivateKey key)
          Encodes a given key using the default PKCS8 encoding scheme.
 Category: Signed static EncodedKey encode(PrivateKey key, String encodingAlgorithm)
          Encodes a given key using the specified encoding scheme.
 
Methods inherited from class java.lang.Object
equals, getClass, hashCode, notify, notifyAll, toString, wait, wait, wait
 

Constructor Detail
Method Detail

encode

public static EncodedKey encode(PrivateKey key)
                         throws NoSuchAlgorithmException,
                                CryptoTokenException,
                                CryptoUnsupportedOperationException
Encodes a given key using the default PKCS8 encoding scheme.

The crypto system parameters are encoded.

Parameters:
key - The private key to encode.
Returns:
An EncodedKey object containing the encoded key.
Throws:
NoSuchAlgorithmException - Thrown if the encoding algorithm cannot be found.
CryptoTokenException - Thrown if an error occurs with the crypto token or the crypto token is invalid.
CryptoUnsupportedOperationException - Thrown if a call is made to an unsupported operation.
Since:
JDE 4.0.2
Category:
Signed: This element is only accessible by signed clients. If you intend to use this element, please contact RIM to establish the necessary agreements that will allow you to have your COD files signed. Signing is only required for use on the device, development under the JDE can occur without signing the CODs.

encode

public static EncodedKey encode(PrivateKey key,
                                String encodingAlgorithm)
                         throws NoSuchAlgorithmException,
                                CryptoTokenException,
                                CryptoUnsupportedOperationException
Encodes a given key using the specified encoding scheme.

Parameters:
key - The private key to encode.
encodingAlgorithm - A string representing the encoding Algorithm to use, eg "PKCS8".
Returns:
An EncodedKey object containing the encoded key.
Throws:
NoSuchAlgorithmException - Thrown if the encoding algorithm cannot be found.
CryptoTokenException - Thrown if an error occurs with the crypto token or the crypto token is invalid.
CryptoUnsupportedOperationException - Thrown if a call is made to an unsupported operation.
Since:
JDE 4.0.2
Category:
Signed: This element is only accessible by signed clients. If you intend to use this element, please contact RIM to establish the necessary agreements that will allow you to have your COD files signed. Signing is only required for use on the device, development under the JDE can occur without signing the CODs.


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