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Toolkit for Encryption, Signatures and Certificates Based on OpenSSL

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Bindings to OpenSSL libssl and libcrypto, plus custom SSH key parsers. Supports RSA, DSA and EC curves P-256, P-384, P-521, and curve25519. Cryptographic signatures can either be created and verified manually or via x509 certificates. AES can be used in cbc, ctr or gcm mode for symmetric encryption; RSA for asymmetric (public key) encryption or EC for Diffie Hellman. High-level envelope functions combine RSA and AES for encrypting arbitrary sized data. Other utilities include key generators, hash functions (md5, sha1, sha256, etc), base64 encoder, a secure random number generator, and 'bignum' math methods for manually performing crypto calculations on large multibyte integers.

Hello World

Download and verify an SSL certrificate:

cert <- download_ssl_cert("")
cert_verify(cert, ca_bundle())

Encrypt a secret message using someone's RSA public key:

# Generate test keys
key <- rsa_keygen()
pubkey <- as.list(key)$pubkey

# Encrypt tempkey using receivers public RSA key
secret <- charToRaw("TTIP is evil")
ciphertext <- rsa_encrypt(secret, pubkey)

# Receiver decrypts secret from private her RSA key
rawToChar(rsa_decrypt(ciphertext, key))

Create a signature using your RSA private key:

# Sign a file with your private key
myfile <- system.file("DESCRIPTION")
sig <- signature_create(myfile, key = key)

# Others can verify form your public key
signature_verify(myfile, sig, pubkey = pubkey)


Binary packages for OS-X or Windows can be installed directly from CRAN:


Installation from source on Linux requires openssl. On Debian or Ubuntu use libssl-dev:

sudo apt-get install -y libssl-dev

On Fedora, CentOS or RHEL use openssl-devel:

sudo yum install openssl-devel

On OS-X we need openssl from homebrew, which may be installed as:

brew install openssl

To check which version you are running (run in a fresh terminal):

openssl version -a