CryptSetHashParam (Windows CE 5.0)

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This function customizes the operations of a hash object. Currently, only a single parameter is defined for this function.

BOOL WINAPI CryptSetHashParam( HCRYPTHASHhHash,DWORDdwParam,BYTE* pbData,DWORDdwFlags);


  • hHash
    [in] HCRYPTHASH handle to the hash object on which to set parameters.

  • dwParam
    [in] Specifies the parameter value.

    The following table shows the possible values.

    Value Description
    HP_HASHVAL Byte array containing a hash value to place directly into the hash object. Before setting this value, the size of the hash value must be determined by reading the HP_HASHSIZE value with the CryptGetHashParam function.

    Some CSPs do not support this capability.

    HP_HMAC_INFO HMAC_INFO structure that specifies the underlying hash algorithm and any optional parameters.

    Some cryptographic service provider (CSP) types can add additional values that can be set with this function.

  • pbData
    [in] Pointer to a parameter data buffer. Place the parameter data in this buffer before calling the CryptSetHashParam function. The form of this data varies depending on the parameter number.

  • dwFlags
    [in] Reserved for future use and must be set to zero.

Return Values

TRUE indicates success. FALSE indicates failure. To get extended error information, call the GetLastError function.

The following table shows the common values for the GetLastError function. The error values prefaced by NTE are generated by the particular CSP you are using.

Value Description
ERROR_INVALID_HANDLE One of the parameters specifies an invalid handle.
ERROR_BUSY The CSP context is currently being used by another process.
ERROR_INVALID_PARAMETER One of the parameters contains an invalid value. This is most often an illegal pointer.
NTE_BAD_FLAGS The dwFlags parameter is nonzero or the pbData buffer contains an invalid value.
NTE_BAD_HASH The hash object specified by the hHash parameter is invalid.
NTE_BAD_TYPE The dwParam parameter specifies an unknown parameter.
NTE_BAD_UID The CSP context that was specified when the hKey key was created cannot be found.
NTE_FAIL The function failed in some unexpected way.


Occasionally, a hash value that has been generated elsewhere must be signed. The following sequence of operations accomplishes the task:

  1. Create a hash object with CryptCreateHash.
  2. Set the dwParam parameter to HP_HASHVAL.
  3. Sign the hash value by using CryptSignHash, thereby obtaining a digital signature block.
  4. Destroy the hash object by using CryptDestroyHash.

Example Code

// Set up the variables.
HCRYPTHASH   hHash; // A handle to the hash object on which to set
 // parameters
DWORD dwParam; // dwParam- paramater # can be HP_HMAC_INFO-
 // initialized elsewhere
BYTE pbData[16]; // The parameter data buffer
DWORD dwFlags = 0;// set to zero
BOOL Return;
Return = CryptSetHashParam(hHash, dwParam, pbData, dwFlags);
if (Return) {
 cout<< "function succeeds"<< endl;
else {
 cout<< "retrieve error"<< endl;


OS Versions: Windows CE 2.10 and later.
Header: Wincrypt.h.
Link Library: Coredll.lib.

See Also

CryptCreateHash | CryptDestroyHash | CryptGetHashParam | CryptSetKeyParam | CryptSignHash | HMAC_INFO

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