BCryptEnumRegisteredProviders function (bcrypt.h)

The BCryptEnumRegisteredProviders function retrieves information about the registered providers.

Syntax

NTSTATUS BCryptEnumRegisteredProviders(
  [in, out] ULONG            *pcbBuffer,
  [in, out] PCRYPT_PROVIDERS *ppBuffer
);

Parameters

[in, out] pcbBuffer

A pointer to a ULONG value that, on entry, contains the size, in bytes, of the buffer pointed to by the ppBuffer parameter. On exit, this value receives either the number of bytes copied to the buffer or the required size, in bytes, of the buffer.

Note  This is the total size, in bytes, of the entire buffer, not just the size of the CRYPT_PROVIDERS structure. The buffer must be able to hold other data for the providers in addition to the CRYPT_PROVIDERS structure.
 

[in, out] ppBuffer

A pointer to a buffer pointer that receives a CRYPT_PROVIDERS structure and other data that describes the collection of registered providers.

If this parameter is NULL, this function will return STATUS_BUFFER_TOO_SMALL and place in the value pointed to by the pcbBuffer parameter, the required size, in bytes, of all the data.

If this parameter is the address of a NULL pointer, this function will allocate the required memory, fill the memory with the information about the providers, and place the pointer to this memory in this parameter. When you have finished using this memory, free it by passing this pointer to the BCryptFreeBuffer function.

If this parameter is the address of a non-NULL pointer, this function will copy the provider information into this buffer. The pcbBuffer parameter must contain the size, in bytes, of the entire buffer. If the buffer is not large enough to hold all of the provider information, this function will return STATUS_BUFFER_TOO_SMALL.

Return value

Returns a status code that indicates the success or failure of the function.

Possible return codes include, but are not limited to, the following.

Return code Description
STATUS_SUCCESS
The function was successful.
STATUS_BUFFER_TOO_SMALL
The size specified by the pcbBuffer parameter is not large enough to hold all of the data.
STATUS_INVALID_PARAMETER
One or more parameters are not valid.

Remarks

The BCryptEnumRegisteredProviders function can be called in one of two ways:

  • The first is to have the BCryptEnumRegisteredProviders function allocate the memory. This is accomplished by passing the address of a NULL pointer for the ppBuffer parameter.

    The following example shows how to use the BCryptEnumRegisteredProviders function to allocate memory by passing the address of a NULL pointer for the ppBuffer parameter.

    PCRYPT_PROVIDERS pBuffer = NULL;
    BCryptEnumRegisteredProviders(/*...*/, &pBuffer);
    
    
    

    This code will allocate the memory required for the CRYPT_PROVIDERS structure and the associated strings. When the BCryptEnumRegisteredProviders function is used in this manner, you must free the memory when it is no longer needed by passing ppBuffer to the BCryptFreeBuffer function.

  • The second method is to allocate the required memory yourself. This is accomplished by calling the BCryptEnumRegisteredProviders function with NULL for the ppBuffer parameter. The BCryptEnumRegisteredProviders function will place in the value pointed to by the pcbBuffer parameter, the required size, in bytes, of the CRYPT_PROVIDERS structure and all strings. You then allocate the required memory and pass the address of this buffer pointer for the ppBuffer parameter in a second call to the BCryptEnumRegisteredProviders function.

BCryptEnumRegisteredProviders can be called only in user mode.

Requirements

   
Minimum supported client Windows Vista [desktop apps only]
Minimum supported server Windows Server 2008 [desktop apps only]
Target Platform Windows
Header bcrypt.h
Library Bcrypt.lib
DLL Bcrypt.dll

See also

BCryptFreeBuffer

CRYPT_PROVIDERS