TChilkatEcc Delphi ActiveX Reference Documentation

TChilkatEcc

Current Version: 9.5.0.75

Elliptical Curve Cryptography class for generating ECC keys, computing shared secrets, and creating and verifying ECC signatures. Supports the following curves:

  • secp256r1 (also known as P-256 and prime256v1)
  • secp384r1 (also known as P-384)
  • secp521r1 (also known as P-521)
  • secp256k1 (This is the curve used for Bitcoin)

Additional curves will be supported in the future.

Importing the Chilkat ActiveX into Delphi

Important: When upgrading to a new version of Chilkat, make sure to re-imported ActiveX DLL into Delphi to regenerate the files described below.

Two things are required to use an ActiveX in Delphi:

  1. The ActiveX DLL needs to be registered via regsvr32 on the system where the Delphi application runs. See How To Register ActiveX DLLs for detailed information.
  2. See also: ActiveX Registration Tutorial
  3. The ActiveX component needs to be "imported". Use the Delphi Import Component Wizard to import the Chilkat type library. This creates the following files: Chilkat_v9_5_0_TLB.pas and Chilkat_v9_5_0_TLB.dcr. The Chilkat_v9_5_0_TLB.pas should be added to your project.

To import the Chilkat type library, do the following:

  1. In the Delphi RAD Studio, select the menu item "Component" --> "Import a Type Library".
  2. Find "Chilkat ActiveX v9.5.0" in the list and select it. This will only appear in the list if the ChilkatAx-9.5.0-win32.dll (or ChilkatAx-9.5.0-x64.dll) has been registered w/ regsvr32.
  3. Check the "Generate Component Wrappers" checkbox.
  4. Select a directory where the unit files (.pas and .dcr) should be generated.
  5. Select "Create Unit" and then "Finish".
  6. Add the .pas to your Delphi project.

To use a Chilkat ActiveX object in your Delphi code, add "Chilkat_v9_5_0_TLB" to the "uses" statement. For example:

uses
  Winapi.Windows, Winapi.Messages, System.SysUtils, System.Variants, System.Classes, Vcl.Graphics,
  Vcl.Controls, Vcl.Forms, Vcl.Dialogs, Vcl.StdCtrls, Chilkat_v9_5_0_TLB;

Object Creation

var
obj: TChilkatEcc;
...
begin
obj := TChilkatEcc.Create(Self);
...
// When finished, free the object instance.
obj.Free();

Properties

DebugLogFilePath
property DebugLogFilePath: WideString

If set to a file path, causes each Chilkat method or property call to automatically append it's LastErrorText to the specified log file. The information is appended such that if a hang or crash occurs, it is possible to see the context in which the problem occurred, as well as a history of all Chilkat calls up to the point of the problem. The VerboseLogging property can be set to provide more detailed information.

This property is typically used for debugging the rare cases where a Chilkat method call hangs or generates an exception that halts program execution (i.e. crashes). A hang or crash should generally never happen. The typical causes of a hang are:

  1. a timeout related property was set to 0 to explicitly indicate that an infinite timeout is desired,
  2. the hang is actually a hang within an event callback (i.e. it is a hang within the application code), or
  3. there is an internal problem (bug) in the Chilkat code that causes the hang.

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LastBinaryResult
property LastBinaryResult: OleVariant readonly
Introduced in version 9.5.0.52

The binary data returned by the last (binary data returning) method called. Only available if Chilkat.Global.KeepBinaryResult is set to 1. This provides a means for obtaining large varbinary results in the SQL Server environment (where limitations exist in getting large amounts of data returned by method calls, but where temp tables can be used for binary properties).

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LastErrorHtml
property LastErrorHtml: WideString readonly

Provides information in HTML format about the last method/property called. If a method call returns a value indicating failure, or behaves unexpectedly, examine this property to get more information.

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LastErrorText
property LastErrorText: WideString readonly

Provides information in plain-text format about the last method/property called. If a method call returns a value indicating failure, or behaves unexpectedly, examine this property to get more information.

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LastErrorXml
property LastErrorXml: WideString readonly

Provides information in XML format about the last method/property called. If a method call returns a value indicating failure, or behaves unexpectedly, examine this property to get more information.

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LastMethodSuccess
property LastMethodSuccess: Integer
Introduced in version 9.5.0.52

Indicate whether the last method call succeeded or failed. A value of 1 indicates success, a value of 0 indicates failure. This property is automatically set for method calls. It is not modified by property accesses. The property is automatically set to indicate success for the following types of method calls:

  • Any method that returns a string.
  • Any method returning a Chilkat object, binary bytes, or a date/time.
  • Any method returning a standard boolean status value where success = 1 and failure = 0.
  • Any method returning an integer where failure is defined by a return value less than zero.

Note: Methods that do not fit the above requirements will always set this property equal to 1. For example, a method that returns no value (such as a "void" in C++) will technically always succeed.

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LastStringResult
property LastStringResult: WideString readonly
Introduced in version 9.5.0.52

The string return value of the last (string returning) method called. Only available if Chilkat.Global.KeepStringResult is set to 1. This provides a means for obtaining large string results in the SQL Server environment (where limitations exist in getting long strings returned by method calls, but where temp tables can be used for string properties).

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LastStringResultLen
property LastStringResultLen: Integer readonly
Introduced in version 9.5.0.53

The length, in characters, of the string contained in the LastStringResult property.

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VerboseLogging
property VerboseLogging: Integer

If set to 1, then the contents of LastErrorText (or LastErrorXml, or LastErrorHtml) may contain more verbose information. The default value is 0. Verbose logging should only be used for debugging. The potentially large quantity of logged information may adversely affect peformance.

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Version
property Version: WideString readonly

Version of the component/library, such as "9.5.0.63"

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Methods

GenEccKey
function GenEccKey(curveName: WideString; prng: TChilkatPrng): TPrivateKey;
Introduced in version 9.5.0.52

Generates an ECC private key. The curveName specifies the curve name which determines the key size. The prng provides a source for generating the random private key.

The following curve names are accepted:

  • secp256r1 (also known as P-256 and prime256v1)
  • secp384r1 (also known as P-384)
  • secp521r1 (also known as P-521)
  • secp256k1 (This is the curve used for Bitcoin)

Returns nil on failure

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GenEccKey2
function GenEccKey2(curveName: WideString; encodedK: WideString; encoding: WideString): TPrivateKey;
Introduced in version 9.5.0.55

Generates an ECC private key using a specified value for K. The curveName specifies the curve name which determines the key size. The encodedK is the encoded value of the private key. The encoding is the encoding used for encodedK, which can be "hex", "base64", "decimal", etc.

Note: This method is typically used for testing -- such as when the same private key is desired to produce results identical from run to run.

The following curve names are accepted:

  • secp256r1 (also known as P-256 and prime256v1)
  • secp384r1 (also known as P-384)
  • secp521r1 (also known as P-521)
  • secp256k1 (This is the curve used for Bitcoin)

Returns nil on failure

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SharedSecretENC
function SharedSecretENC(privKey: TPrivateKey; pubKey: TPublicKey; encoding: WideString): WideString;
Introduced in version 9.5.0.52

Computes a shared secret given a private and public key. For example, Alice and Bob can compute the identical shared secret by doing the following: Alice sends Bob her public key, and Bob calls SharedSecretENC with his private key and Alice's public key. Bob sends Alice his public key, and Alice calls SharedSecretENC with her private key and Bob's public key. Both calls to SharedSecretENC will produce the same result. The resulting bytes are returned in encoded string form (hex, base64, etc) as specified by encoding.

Note: The private and public keys must both be keys on the same ECC curve.

Returns a zero-length WideString on failure

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SignHashENC
function SignHashENC(encodedHash: WideString; encoding: WideString; privkey: TPrivateKey; prng: TChilkatPrng): WideString;
Introduced in version 9.5.0.52

Computes an ECC signature on a hash. ECC signatures are computed and verified on the hashes of data (such as SHA1, SHA256, etc.). The hash of the data is passed in encodedHash. The encoding, such as "base64", "hex", etc. is passed in encoding. The ECC private key is passed in the 3rd argument (privkey). Given that creating an ECC signature involves the generation of random numbers, a PRNG is passed in the 4th argument (prng). The signature is returned as an encoded string using the encoding specified by the encoding argument.

Returns a zero-length WideString on failure

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VerifyHashENC
function VerifyHashENC(encodedHash: WideString; encodedSig: WideString; encoding: WideString; pubkey: TPublicKey): Integer;
Introduced in version 9.5.0.52

Verifies an ECC signature. ECC signatures are computed and verified on the hashes of data (such as SHA1, SHA256, etc.). The hash of the data is passed in encodedHash. The encoded signature is passed in encodedSig. The encoding of both the hash and signature, such as "base64", "hex", etc. is passed in encoding. The ECC public key is passed in the last argument (pubkey).

The method returns 1 for a valid signature, 0 for an invalid signature, and -1 for any other failure.

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