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IKeyPairCodec.java

package gnu.crypto.key;

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import gnu.crypto.Registry;

import java.security.PrivateKey;
import java.security.PublicKey;

/**
 * <p>The visible methods of an object that knows how to encode and decode
 * cryptographic asymmetric keypairs. Codecs are useful for (a) externalising
 * public and private keys for storage and on-the-wire transmission, as well as
 * (b) re-creating their internal Java representation from external sources.</p>
 *
 * @version $Revision: 1.1 $
 */
00059 public interface IKeyPairCodec {

   // Constants
   // -------------------------------------------------------------------------

   /** Constant identifying the <i>Raw</i> encoding format. */
00065    int RAW_FORMAT = Registry.RAW_ENCODING_ID;

   // Method(s)
   // -------------------------------------------------------------------------

   /**
    * <p>Returns the unique identifier (within this library) of the format used
    * to externalise public and private keys.</p>
    *
    * @return the identifier of the format, the object supports.
    */
   int getFormatID();

   /**
    * <p>Encodes an instance of a public key for storage or transmission purposes.</p>
    *
    * @param key the non-null key to encode.
    * @return a byte sequence representing the encoding of the designated key
    * according to the format supported by this codec.
    * @exception IllegalArgumentException if the designated key is not supported
    * by this codec.
    */
   byte[] encodePublicKey(PublicKey key);

   /**
    * <p>Encodes an instance of a private key for storage or transmission purposes.</p>
    *
    * @param key the non-null key to encode.
    * @return a byte sequence representing the encoding of the designated key
    * according to the format supported by this codec.
    * @exception IllegalArgumentException if the designated key is not supported
    * by this codec.
    */
   byte[] encodePrivateKey(PrivateKey key);

   /**
    * <p>Decodes an instance of an external public key into its native Java
    * representation.</p>
    *
    * @param input the source of the externalised key to decode.
    * @return a concrete instance of a public key, reconstructed from the
    * designated input.
    * @exception IllegalArgumentException if the designated input does not
    * contain a known representation of a public key for the format supported by
    * the concrete codec.
    */
   PublicKey decodePublicKey(byte[] input);

   /**
    * <p>Decodes an instance of an external private key into its native Java
    * representation.</p>
    *
    * @param input the source of the externalised key to decode.
    * @return a concrete instance of a private key, reconstructed from the
    * designated input.
    * @exception IllegalArgumentException if the designated input does not
    * contain a known representation of a private key for the format supported
    * by the concrete codec.
    */
   PrivateKey decodePrivateKey(byte[] input);
}

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