Java™ Platform
Standard Ed. 6

javax.crypto
Interface SecretKey

All Superinterfaces:
Key, Serializable
All Known Subinterfaces:
PBEKey
All Known Implementing Classes:
KerberosKey, SecretKeySpec

public interface SecretKey
extends Key

A secret (symmetric) key.

This interface contains no methods or constants. Its only purpose is to group (and provide type safety for) secret keys.

Provider implementations of this interface must overwrite the equals and hashCode methods inherited from java.lang.Object, so that secret keys are compared based on their underlying key material and not based on reference.

Keys that implement this interface return the string RAW as their encoding format (see getFormat), and return the raw key bytes as the result of a getEncoded method call. (The getFormat and getEncoded methods are inherited from the java.security.Key parent interface.)

Since:
1.4
See Also:
SecretKeyFactory, Cipher

Field Summary
static long serialVersionUID
          The class fingerprint that is set to indicate serialization compatibility since J2SE 1.4.
 
Method Summary
 
Methods inherited from interface java.security.Key
getAlgorithm, getEncoded, getFormat
 

Field Detail

serialVersionUID

static final long serialVersionUID
The class fingerprint that is set to indicate serialization compatibility since J2SE 1.4.

See Also:
Constant Field Values

Java™ Platform
Standard Ed. 6

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