GCMParameterSpec

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public class GCMParameterSpec extends Object
implements AlgorithmParameterSpec

Specifies the set of parameters required by a Cipher using the Galois/Counter Mode (GCM) mode.

Simple block cipher modes (such as CBC) generally require only an initialization vector (such as IvParameterSpec), but GCM needs these parameters:

  • IV: Initialization Vector (IV)
  • tLen: length (in bits) of authentication tag T

In addition to the parameters described here, other GCM inputs/output (Additional Authenticated Data (AAD), Keys, block ciphers, plain/ciphertext and authentication tags) are handled in the Cipher class.

Please see RFC 5116 for more information on the Authenticated Encryption with Associated Data (AEAD) algorithm, and NIST Special Publication 800-38D, "NIST Recommendation for Block Cipher Modes of Operation: Galois/Counter Mode (GCM) and GMAC."

The GCM specification states that tLen may only have the values {128, 120, 112, 104, 96}, or {64, 32} for certain applications. Other values can be specified for this class, but not all CSP implementations will support them.

See Also

Public Constructor Summary

GCMParameterSpec(int tLen, byte[] src)
Constructs a GCMParameterSpec using the specified authentication tag bit-length and IV buffer.
GCMParameterSpec(int tLen, byte[] src, int offset, int len)
Constructs a GCMParameterSpec object using the specified authentication tag bit-length and a subset of the specified buffer as the IV.

Public Method Summary

byte[]
getIV()
Returns the Initialization Vector (IV).
int
getTLen()
Returns the authentication tag length.

Inherited Method Summary

Public Constructors

public GCMParameterSpec (int tLen, byte[] src)

Constructs a GCMParameterSpec using the specified authentication tag bit-length and IV buffer.

Parameters
tLen the authentication tag length (in bits)
src the IV source buffer. The contents of the buffer are copied to protect against subsequent modification.
Throws
IllegalArgumentException if tLen is negative, or src is null.

public GCMParameterSpec (int tLen, byte[] src, int offset, int len)

Constructs a GCMParameterSpec object using the specified authentication tag bit-length and a subset of the specified buffer as the IV.

Parameters
tLen the authentication tag length (in bits)
src the IV source buffer. The contents of the buffer are copied to protect against subsequent modification.
offset the offset in src where the IV starts
len the number of IV bytes
Throws
IllegalArgumentException if tLen is negative, src is null, len or offset is negative, or the sum of offset and len is greater than the length of the src byte array.

Public Methods

public byte[] getIV ()

Returns the Initialization Vector (IV).

Returns
  • the IV. Creates a new array each time this method is called.

public int getTLen ()

Returns the authentication tag length.

Returns
  • the authentication tag length (in bits)