Botan: Crypto and TLS for Modern C++
Botan (Japanese for peony) is a C++ cryptography library released under the permissive Simplified BSD license.
Botan's goal is to be the best option for cryptography in C++ by offering the tools necessary to implement a range of practical systems, such as TLS protocol, X.509 certificates, modern AEAD ciphers, PKCS#11 and TPM hardware support, password hashing, and post quantum crypto schemes. The library also offers a C89 API specifically designed to be easy to call from other languages. A Python binding using ctypes is included, and several other language bindings are available. Find the full feature list below.
Development is coordinated on GitHub
and contributions are welcome (read
doc/contributing.rst for more info).
If you need help, please open an issue on GitHub or email the
botan-devel mailing list.
New releases are announced on the botan-announce mailing list.
If you think you have found a security issue, see the security page for contact information.
For all the details on building the library, read the manual, but in short:
$ python ./configure.py $ make $ ./botan-test ... $ make install
Botan can also be built into a single-file amalgamation for easy inclusion into external build systems, see the manual for details.
All releases are signed with a PGP key:
pub 2048R/EFBADFBC 2004-10-30 Key fingerprint = 621D AF64 11E1 851C 4CF9 A2E1 6211 EBF1 EFBA DFBC uid Botan Distribution Key
Some distributions such as Fedora and Debian include packages for Botan. However these are at times out of date so using the latest source release is recommended.
Current Stable Release
Version 2 requires a C++11 compiler; GCC 4.8 and later, Clang 3.8 and later, and MSVC 2015/2017 are regularly tested. New releases of Botan 2 are made on a quarterly basis.
The 1.10 branch is the last version of the library written in C++98. It is no longer supported except for critical security updates (with all support ending in December 2018), and the developers do not recommend its use anymore.
Transport Layer Security (TLS) Protocol
- TLS v1.0, v1.1, and v1.2. The broken SSLv3 protocol is no longer supported.
- DTLS v1.0 and v1.2 are adaptations of TLS to datagram operation.
- Extensions include session tickets, SNI, ALPN, OCSP staple requests (client side only right now), encrypt-then-mac CBC, and extended master secret.
- Supports authentication using preshared keys (PSK) or passwords (SRP)
- Supports record encryption with ChaCha20Poly1305, AES/OCB, AES/GCM, AES/CCM, Camellia/GCM as well as legacy CBC ciphersuites.
- Key exchange using CECPQ1, ECDH, FFDHE, or RSA
Public Key Infrastructure
- X.509v3 certificates and CRL creation and handling
- PKIX certificate path validation, including name constraints.
- OCSP request creation and response handling
- PKCS #10 certificate request generation and processing
- SQL database backed certificate store
Public Key Cryptography
- RSA signatures and encryption
- DH and ECDH key agreement
- Signature schemes ECDSA, DSA, Ed25519, ECGDSA, ECKCDSA, SM2, and GOST 34.10-2001
- Post-quantum signature scheme XMSS
- Post-quantum key agreement schemes McEliece and NewHope
- ElGamal encryption
- Padding schemes OAEP, PSS, PKCS #1 v1.5, X9.31
Ciphers, hashes, MACs, and checksums
- Authenticated cipher modes EAX, OCB, GCM, SIV, CCM, and ChaCha20Poly1305
- Cipher modes CTR, CBC, XTS, CFB, and OFB
- Block ciphers AES, ARIA, Blowfish, Camellia, CAST-128, DES/3DES, GOST 28147, IDEA, Lion, Noekeon, SEED, Serpent, SHACAL2, SM4, Threefish-512, Twofish, XTEA
- Stream ciphers ChaCha20, Salsa20/XSalsa20, SHAKE-128, and RC4
- Hash functions SHA-1, SHA-2, SHA-3, RIPEMD-160, Skein-512, BLAKE2b, SM3, Tiger, Whirlpool, GOST 34.11, MD5, MD4
- Hash function combiners Parallel and Comb4P
- Authentication codes HMAC, CMAC, Poly1305, SipHash, GMAC, X9.19 DES-MAC
- Non-cryptographic checksums Adler32, CRC24, and CRC32
Other Useful Things
- Full C++ PKCS #11 API wrapper
- Interfaces for TPM v1.2 device access
- Simple compression API wrapping zlib, bzip2, and lzma libraries
- RNG wrappers for system RNG and hardware RNGs
- HMAC_DRBG and entropy collection system for userspace RNGs
- Password based key derivation functions PBKDF2 and Scrypt
- Password hashing function bcrypt and passhash9 (custom PBKDF scheme)
- SRP-6a password authenticated key exchange
- Key derivation functions including HKDF, KDF2, SP 800-108, SP 800-56A, SP 800-56C
- HOTP and TOTP algorithms
- Format preserving encryption scheme FE1
- Threshold secret sharing
- NIST key wrapping