CryptImportPublicKeyInfo function

Important  This API is deprecated. New and existing software should start using Cryptography Next Generation APIs. Microsoft may remove this API in future releases.
 
The CryptImportPublicKeyInfo function converts and imports the public key information into the provider and returns a handle of the public key. CryptImportPublicKeyInfoEx provides a revised version of this function.

Syntax

BOOL CryptImportPublicKeyInfo(
  HCRYPTPROV            hCryptProv,
  DWORD                 dwCertEncodingType,
  PCERT_PUBLIC_KEY_INFO pInfo,
  HCRYPTKEY             *phKey
);

Parameters

hCryptProv

The handle of the cryptographic service provider (CSP) to use when importing the public key. This handle must have already been created using CryptAcquireContext.

dwCertEncodingType

Specifies the encoding type used. It is always acceptable to specify both the certificate and message encoding types by combining them with a bitwise-OR operation as shown in the following example:

X509_ASN_ENCODING | PKCS_7_ASN_ENCODING

Currently defined encoding types are:

  • X509_ASN_ENCODING
  • PKCS_7_ASN_ENCODING

pInfo

The address of a CERT_PUBLIC_KEY_INFO structure that contains the public key to import into the provider.

phKey

The address of an HCRYPTKEY variable that receives the handle of the imported public key. When you have finished using the public key, release the handle by calling the CryptDestroyKey function.

Return Value

If the function succeeds, the return value is nonzero (TRUE).

If the function fails, the return value is zero (FALSE). For extended error information, call GetLastError.

Note  Errors from the called functions CryptGetUserKey and CryptExportKey might be propagated to this function. This function has the following error code.
 
Return code Description
ERROR_FILE_NOT_FOUND
An import function that can be installed or registered could not be found for the specified dwCertEncodingType and pInfo->Algorithm.pszObjId parameters.
 

If the function fails, GetLastError may return an Abstract Syntax Notation One (ASN.1) encoding/decoding error. For information about these errors, see ASN.1 Encoding/Decoding Return Values.

Remarks

This function is normally used to retrieve the public key from a certificate. This is done by passing the CERT_PUBLIC_KEY_INFO structure from a filled-in certificate structure as shown in the following pseudocode.

PCCERT_CONTEXT pCertContext

// Get the certificate context structure from a certificate.
pCertContext = CertCreateCertificateContext(...)
if(pCertContext)
{
    HCRYPTKEY hCertPubKey

    // Get the public key information for the certificate.
    CryptImportPublicKeyInfo(
        hCryptProv, 
        X509_ASN_ENCODING, 
        &pCertContext->pCertInfo->SubjectPublicKeyInfo, 
        &hCertPubKey)

    CertFreeCertificateContext(pCertContext)
}

Requirements

   
Minimum supported client Windows XP [desktop apps only]
Minimum supported server Windows Server 2003 [desktop apps only]
Target Platform Windows
Header wincrypt.h
Library Crypt32.lib
DLL Crypt32.dll

See Also

CryptExportPublicKeyInfo

Data Management Functions