Java™ Platform
Standard Ed. 6

java.security
Class AlgorithmParameterGenerator

java.lang.Object
  extended by java.security.AlgorithmParameterGenerator

public class AlgorithmParameterGenerator
extends Object

The AlgorithmParameterGenerator class is used to generate a set of parameters to be used with a certain algorithm. Parameter generators are constructed using the getInstance factory methods (static methods that return instances of a given class).

The object that will generate the parameters can be initialized in two different ways: in an algorithm-independent manner, or in an algorithm-specific manner:

In case the client does not explicitly initialize the AlgorithmParameterGenerator (via a call to an init method), each provider must supply (and document) a default initialization. For example, the Sun provider uses a default modulus prime size of 1024 bits for the generation of DSA parameters.

Since:
1.2
See Also:
AlgorithmParameters, AlgorithmParameterSpec

Constructor Summary
protected AlgorithmParameterGenerator(AlgorithmParameterGeneratorSpi paramGenSpi, Provider provider, String algorithm)
          Creates an AlgorithmParameterGenerator object.
 
Method Summary
 AlgorithmParameters generateParameters()
          Generates the parameters.
 String getAlgorithm()
          Returns the standard name of the algorithm this parameter generator is associated with.
static AlgorithmParameterGenerator getInstance(String algorithm)
          Returns an AlgorithmParameterGenerator object for generating a set of parameters to be used with the specified algorithm.
static AlgorithmParameterGenerator getInstance(String algorithm, Provider provider)
          Returns an AlgorithmParameterGenerator object for generating a set of parameters to be used with the specified algorithm.
static AlgorithmParameterGenerator getInstance(String algorithm, String provider)
          Returns an AlgorithmParameterGenerator object for generating a set of parameters to be used with the specified algorithm.
 Provider getProvider()
          Returns the provider of this algorithm parameter generator object.
 void init(AlgorithmParameterSpec genParamSpec)
          Initializes this parameter generator with a set of algorithm-specific parameter generation values.
 void init(AlgorithmParameterSpec genParamSpec, SecureRandom random)
          Initializes this parameter generator with a set of algorithm-specific parameter generation values.
 void init(int size)
          Initializes this parameter generator for a certain size.
 void init(int size, SecureRandom random)
          Initializes this parameter generator for a certain size and source of randomness.
 
Methods inherited from class java.lang.Object
clone, equals, finalize, getClass, hashCode, notify, notifyAll, toString, wait, wait, wait
 

Constructor Detail

AlgorithmParameterGenerator

protected AlgorithmParameterGenerator(AlgorithmParameterGeneratorSpi paramGenSpi,
                                      Provider provider,
                                      String algorithm)
Creates an AlgorithmParameterGenerator object.

Parameters:
paramGenSpi - the delegate
provider - the provider
algorithm - the algorithm
Method Detail

getAlgorithm

public final String getAlgorithm()
Returns the standard name of the algorithm this parameter generator is associated with.

Returns:
the string name of the algorithm.

getInstance

public static AlgorithmParameterGenerator getInstance(String algorithm)
                                               throws NoSuchAlgorithmException
Returns an AlgorithmParameterGenerator object for generating a set of parameters to be used with the specified algorithm.

This method traverses the list of registered security Providers, starting with the most preferred Provider. A new AlgorithmParameterGenerator object encapsulating the AlgorithmParameterGeneratorSpi implementation from the first Provider that supports the specified algorithm is returned.

Note that the list of registered providers may be retrieved via the Security.getProviders() method.

Parameters:
algorithm - the name of the algorithm this parameter generator is associated with. See Appendix A in the Java Cryptography Architecture API Specification & Reference for information about standard algorithm names.
Returns:
the new AlgorithmParameterGenerator object.
Throws:
NoSuchAlgorithmException - if no Provider supports an AlgorithmParameterGeneratorSpi implementation for the specified algorithm.
See Also:
Provider

getInstance

public static AlgorithmParameterGenerator getInstance(String algorithm,
                                                      String provider)
                                               throws NoSuchAlgorithmException,
                                                      NoSuchProviderException
Returns an AlgorithmParameterGenerator object for generating a set of parameters to be used with the specified algorithm.

A new AlgorithmParameterGenerator object encapsulating the AlgorithmParameterGeneratorSpi implementation from the specified provider is returned. The specified provider must be registered in the security provider list.

Note that the list of registered providers may be retrieved via the Security.getProviders() method.

Parameters:
algorithm - the name of the algorithm this parameter generator is associated with. See Appendix A in the Java Cryptography Architecture API Specification & Reference for information about standard algorithm names.
provider - the string name of the Provider.
Returns:
the new AlgorithmParameterGenerator object.
Throws:
NoSuchAlgorithmException - if an AlgorithmParameterGeneratorSpi implementation for the specified algorithm is not available from the specified provider.
NoSuchProviderException - if the specified provider is not registered in the security provider list.
IllegalArgumentException - if the provider name is null or empty.
See Also:
Provider

getInstance

public static AlgorithmParameterGenerator getInstance(String algorithm,
                                                      Provider provider)
                                               throws NoSuchAlgorithmException
Returns an AlgorithmParameterGenerator object for generating a set of parameters to be used with the specified algorithm.

A new AlgorithmParameterGenerator object encapsulating the AlgorithmParameterGeneratorSpi implementation from the specified Provider object is returned. Note that the specified Provider object does not have to be registered in the provider list.

Parameters:
algorithm - the string name of the algorithm this parameter generator is associated with. See Appendix A in the Java Cryptography Architecture API Specification & Reference for information about standard algorithm names.
provider - the Provider object.
Returns:
the new AlgorithmParameterGenerator object.
Throws:
NoSuchAlgorithmException - if an AlgorithmParameterGeneratorSpi implementation for the specified algorithm is not available from the specified Provider object.
IllegalArgumentException - if the specified provider is null.
Since:
1.4
See Also:
Provider

getProvider

public final Provider getProvider()
Returns the provider of this algorithm parameter generator object.

Returns:
the provider of this algorithm parameter generator object

init

public final void init(int size)
Initializes this parameter generator for a certain size. To create the parameters, the SecureRandom implementation of the highest-priority installed provider is used as the source of randomness. (If none of the installed providers supply an implementation of SecureRandom, a system-provided source of randomness is used.)

Parameters:
size - the size (number of bits).

init

public final void init(int size,
                       SecureRandom random)
Initializes this parameter generator for a certain size and source of randomness.

Parameters:
size - the size (number of bits).
random - the source of randomness.

init

public final void init(AlgorithmParameterSpec genParamSpec)
                throws InvalidAlgorithmParameterException
Initializes this parameter generator with a set of algorithm-specific parameter generation values. To generate the parameters, the SecureRandom implementation of the highest-priority installed provider is used as the source of randomness. (If none of the installed providers supply an implementation of SecureRandom, a system-provided source of randomness is used.)

Parameters:
genParamSpec - the set of algorithm-specific parameter generation values.
Throws:
InvalidAlgorithmParameterException - if the given parameter generation values are inappropriate for this parameter generator.

init

public final void init(AlgorithmParameterSpec genParamSpec,
                       SecureRandom random)
                throws InvalidAlgorithmParameterException
Initializes this parameter generator with a set of algorithm-specific parameter generation values.

Parameters:
genParamSpec - the set of algorithm-specific parameter generation values.
random - the source of randomness.
Throws:
InvalidAlgorithmParameterException - if the given parameter generation values are inappropriate for this parameter generator.

generateParameters

public final AlgorithmParameters generateParameters()
Generates the parameters.

Returns:
the new AlgorithmParameters object.

Java™ Platform
Standard Ed. 6

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