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MessageDigest


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Class MessageDigest



  • public abstract class MessageDigest
    extends MessageDigestSpi
    This MessageDigest class provides applications the functionality of a message digest algorithm, such as SHA-1 or SHA-256. Message digests are secure one-way hash functions that take arbitrary-sized data and output a fixed-length hash value.

    A MessageDigest object starts out initialized. The data is processed through it using the update methods. At any point reset can be called to reset the digest. Once all the data to be updated has been updated, one of the digest methods should be called to complete the hash computation.

    The digest method can be called once for a given number of updates. After digest has been called, the MessageDigest object is reset to its initialized state.

    Implementations are free to implement the Cloneable interface. Client applications can test cloneability by attempting cloning and catching the CloneNotSupportedException:

    
     MessageDigest md = MessageDigest.getInstance("SHA");
    
     try {
         md.update(toChapter1);
         MessageDigest tc1 = md.clone();
         byte[] toChapter1Digest = tc1.digest();
         md.update(toChapter2);
         ...etc.
     } catch (CloneNotSupportedException cnse) {
         throw new DigestException("couldn't make digest of partial content");
     }
     

    Note that if a given implementation is not cloneable, it is still possible to compute intermediate digests by instantiating several instances, if the number of digests is known in advance.

    Note that this class is abstract and extends from MessageDigestSpi for historical reasons. Application developers should only take notice of the methods defined in this MessageDigest class; all the methods in the superclass are intended for cryptographic service providers who wish to supply their own implementations of message digest algorithms.

    Every implementation of the Java platform is required to support the following standard MessageDigest algorithms:

    • MD5
    • SHA-1
    • SHA-256
    These algorithms are described in the MessageDigest section of the Java Cryptography Architecture Standard Algorithm Name Documentation. Consult the release documentation for your implementation to see if any other algorithms are supported.
    See Also:
    DigestInputStream, DigestOutputStream
    • Method Detail

      • getInstance

        public static MessageDigest getInstance(String algorithm)
                                         throws NoSuchAlgorithmException
        Returns a MessageDigest object that implements the specified digest algorithm.

        This method traverses the list of registered security Providers, starting with the most preferred Provider. A new MessageDigest object encapsulating the MessageDigestSpi 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 requested. See the MessageDigest section in the Java Cryptography Architecture Standard Algorithm Name Documentation for information about standard algorithm names.
        Returns:
        a Message Digest object that implements the specified algorithm.
        Throws:
        NoSuchAlgorithmException - if no Provider supports a MessageDigestSpi implementation for the specified algorithm.
        See Also:
        Provider
      • getInstance

        public static MessageDigest getInstance(String algorithm,
                                                Provider provider)
                                         throws NoSuchAlgorithmException
        Returns a MessageDigest object that implements the specified digest algorithm.

        A new MessageDigest object encapsulating the MessageDigestSpi 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 name of the algorithm requested. See the MessageDigest section in the Java Cryptography Architecture Standard Algorithm Name Documentation for information about standard algorithm names.
        provider - the provider.
        Returns:
        a MessageDigest object that implements the specified algorithm.
        Throws:
        NoSuchAlgorithmException - if a MessageDigestSpi 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 message digest object.
        Returns:
        the provider of this message digest object
      • update

        public void update(byte input)
        Updates the digest using the specified byte.
        Parameters:
        input - the byte with which to update the digest.
      • update

        public void update(byte[] input,
                           int offset,
                           int len)
        Updates the digest using the specified array of bytes, starting at the specified offset.
        Parameters:
        input - the array of bytes.
        offset - the offset to start from in the array of bytes.
        len - the number of bytes to use, starting at offset.
      • update

        public void update(byte[] input)
        Updates the digest using the specified array of bytes.
        Parameters:
        input - the array of bytes.
      • update

        public final void update(ByteBuffer input)
        Update the digest using the specified ByteBuffer. The digest is updated using the input.remaining() bytes starting at input.position(). Upon return, the buffer's position will be equal to its limit; its limit will not have changed.
        Parameters:
        input - the ByteBuffer
        Since:
        1.5
      • digest

        public byte[] digest()
        Completes the hash computation by performing final operations such as padding. The digest is reset after this call is made.
        Returns:
        the array of bytes for the resulting hash value.
      • digest

        public int digest(byte[] buf,
                          int offset,
                          int len)
                   throws DigestException
        Completes the hash computation by performing final operations such as padding. The digest is reset after this call is made.
        Parameters:
        buf - output buffer for the computed digest
        offset - offset into the output buffer to begin storing the digest
        len - number of bytes within buf allotted for the digest
        Returns:
        the number of bytes placed into buf
        Throws:
        DigestException - if an error occurs.
      • digest

        public byte[] digest(byte[] input)
        Performs a final update on the digest using the specified array of bytes, then completes the digest computation. That is, this method first calls update(input), passing the input array to the update method, then calls digest().
        Parameters:
        input - the input to be updated before the digest is completed.
        Returns:
        the array of bytes for the resulting hash value.
      • toString

        public String toString()
        Returns a string representation of this message digest object.
        Overrides:
        toString in class Object
        Returns:
        a string representation of the object.
      • isEqual

        public static boolean isEqual(byte[] digesta,
                                      byte[] digestb)
        Compares two digests for equality. Does a simple byte compare.
        Parameters:
        digesta - one of the digests to compare.
        digestb - the other digest to compare.
        Returns:
        true if the digests are equal, false otherwise.
      • reset

        public void reset()
        Resets the digest for further use.
      • getAlgorithm

        public final String getAlgorithm()
        Returns a string that identifies the algorithm, independent of implementation details. The name should be a standard Java Security name (such as "SHA", "MD5", and so on). See the MessageDigest section in the Java Cryptography Architecture Standard Algorithm Name Documentation for information about standard algorithm names.
        Returns:
        the name of the algorithm
      • getDigestLength

        public final int getDigestLength()
        Returns the length of the digest in bytes, or 0 if this operation is not supported by the provider and the implementation is not cloneable.
        Returns:
        the digest length in bytes, or 0 if this operation is not supported by the provider and the implementation is not cloneable.
        Since:
        1.2


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