CryptDestroyKey function (wincrypt.h)
If the handle refers to a session key, or to a public key that has been imported into the cryptographic service provider (CSP) through CryptImportKey, this function destroys the key and frees the memory that the key used. Many CSPs overwrite the memory where the key was held before freeing it. However, the underlying public/private key pair is not destroyed by this function. Only the handle is destroyed.
BOOL CryptDestroyKey( HCRYPTKEY hKey );
The handle of the key to be destroyed.
If the function succeeds, the return value is nonzero.
If the function fails, the return value is zero. For extended error information, call GetLastError.
The error codes prefaced by "NTE" are generated by the particular CSP being used. Some possible error codes are listed in the following table.
||The key object specified by hKey is currently being used and cannot be destroyed.|
||The hKey parameter specifies a handle that is not valid.|
||The hKey parameter contains a value that is not valid.|
||The hKey parameter does not contain a valid handle to a key.|
||The CSP context that was specified when the key was created cannot be found.|
Keys take up both operating system's memory space and the CSP's memory space. Some CSPs are implemented in hardware with limited memory resources. Applications must destroy all keys with the CryptDestroyKey function when they are finished with them.
All key handles that have been created or imported by using a specific CSP must be destroyed before that CSP handle is released with the CryptReleaseContext function.
For an example that uses the CryptDestroyKey function, see Example C Program: Creating and Hashing a Session Key.
|Minimum supported client||Windows XP [desktop apps only]|
|Minimum supported server||Windows Server 2003 [desktop apps only]|