SecureString Unicode C Reference Documentation

SecureString

Current Version: 9.5.0.73

A string class that stores the characters in memory in 256-bit AES CBC encrypted form. The encryption key will be a randomly-generated key.

Create/Dispose

HCkSecureStringW instance = CkSecureStringW_Create();
// ...
CkSecureStringW_Dispose(instance);
HCkSecureStringW CkSecureStringW_Create(void);

Creates an instance of the HCkSecureStringW object and returns a handle ("void *" pointer). The handle is passed in the 1st argument for the functions listed on this page.

void CkSecureStringW_Dispose(HCkSecureStringW handle);

Objects created by calling CkSecureStringW_Create must be freed by calling this method. A memory leak occurs if a handle is not disposed by calling this function. Also, any handle returned by a Chilkat "C" function must also be freed by the application by calling the appropriate Dispose method, such as CkSecureStringW_Dispose.

Properties

LastMethodSuccess
BOOL CkSecureStringW_getLastMethodSuccess(HCkSecureStringW cHandle);
void CkSecureStringW_putLastMethodSuccess(HCkSecureStringW cHandle, BOOL newVal);

Indicate whether the last method call succeeded or failed. A value of TRUE indicates success, a value of FALSE 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 = TRUE and failure = FALSE.
  • 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 TRUE. For example, a method that returns no value (such as a "void" in C++) will technically always succeed.

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MaintainHash
void CkSecureStringW_getMaintainHash(HCkSecureStringW cHandle, HCkString retval);
void CkSecureStringW_putMaintainHash(HCkSecureStringW cHandle, const wchar_t *newVal);
const wchar_t *CkSecureStringW_maintainHash(HCkSecureStringW cHandle);
Introduced in version 9.5.0.71

If set to the name of a hash algorithm, then a hash of the current string value is maintained. This allows for the hash to be verified via the VerifyHash method. Possible hash algorithm names are "sha1", "sha256", "sha384", "sha512", "md5", "md2", "ripemd160", "ripemd128","ripemd256", and "ripemd320".

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ReadOnly
BOOL CkSecureStringW_getReadOnly(HCkSecureStringW cHandle);
void CkSecureStringW_putReadOnly(HCkSecureStringW cHandle, BOOL newVal);
Introduced in version 9.5.0.71

Can be set to TRUE to make this secure string read-only (cannot be modified).

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Methods

Access
BOOL CkSecureStringW_Access(HCkSecureStringW cHandle, const wchar_t *outStr);
const wchar_t *CkSecureStringW_access(HCkSecureStringW cHandle);
Introduced in version 9.5.0.71

Returns the clear-text string value.

Returns TRUE for success, FALSE for failure.

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Append
BOOL CkSecureStringW_Append(HCkSecureStringW cHandle, const wchar_t *str);
Introduced in version 9.5.0.71

Appends a clear-text string to this secure string. The in-memory data will be decrypted, the string will be appended, and then it will be re-encrypted. Can return FALSE if the string has been marked as read-only via the ReadOnly property.

Returns TRUE for success, FALSE for failure.

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AppendSb
BOOL CkSecureStringW_AppendSb(HCkSecureStringW cHandle, HCkStringBuilderW sb);
Introduced in version 9.5.0.71

Appends a clear-text string contained in a StringBuilder to this secure string. The in-memory data will be decrypted, the string will be appended, and then it will be re-encrypted. Can return FALSE if the string has been marked as read-only via the ReadOnly property.

Returns TRUE for success, FALSE for failure.

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AppendSecure
BOOL CkSecureStringW_AppendSecure(HCkSecureStringW cHandle, HCkSecureStringW secStr);
Introduced in version 9.5.0.71

Appends the contents of a secure string to this secure string. The in-memory data will be decrypted, the secure string will be appended, and then it will be re-encrypted. Can return FALSE if this string has been marked as read-only via the ReadOnly property.

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HashVal
BOOL CkSecureStringW_HashVal(HCkSecureStringW cHandle, const wchar_t *encoding, const wchar_t *outStr);
const wchar_t *CkSecureStringW_hashVal(HCkSecureStringW cHandle, const wchar_t *encoding);
Introduced in version 9.5.0.71

Returns the hash value for the current value of this secure string. The encoding specifies the encoding to be used. It can be any of the binary encoding algorithms, such as "base64", "hex", and many more listed at Chilkat Binary Encodings

Returns TRUE for success, FALSE for failure.

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LoadFile
BOOL CkSecureStringW_LoadFile(HCkSecureStringW cHandle, const wchar_t *path, const wchar_t *charset);
Introduced in version 9.5.0.71

Loads the contents of a file into this secure string. The current contents of this object are replaced with the new text from the file.

Returns TRUE for success, FALSE for failure.

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SecStrEquals
BOOL CkSecureStringW_SecStrEquals(HCkSecureStringW cHandle, HCkSecureStringW secStr);
Introduced in version 9.5.0.71

Returns TRUE if the secStr equals the contents of this secure string.

Returns TRUE for success, FALSE for failure.

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VerifyHash
BOOL CkSecureStringW_VerifyHash(HCkSecureStringW cHandle, const wchar_t *hashVal, const wchar_t *encoding);
Introduced in version 9.5.0.71

Verifies the hashVal against the hash value stored for the current value of this secure string. The MaintainHash property must've previously been set for this secure string to maintain an internal hash. The encoding specifies the encoding of the hashVal. It can be any of the binary encoding algorithms, such as "base64", "hex", and many more listed at Chilkat Binary Encodings

Returns TRUE for success, FALSE for failure.

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