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oath_totp_generate: API function


oath_totp_generate - API function


#include <oath.h>

int oath_totp_generate(const char * secret, size_t secret_length, time_t now, unsigned time_step_size, time_t start_offset, unsigned digits, char * output_otp);


const char * secret
the shared secret string
size_t secret_length
length of secret
time_t now
Unix time value to compute TOTP for
unsigned time_step_size
time step system parameter (typically 30)
time_t start_offset
Unix time of when to start counting time steps (typically 0)
unsigned digits
number of requested digits in the OTP, excluding checksum
char * output_otp
output buffer, must have room for the output OTP plus zero


Generate a one-time-password using the time-variant TOTP algorithm described in RFC 6238. The input parameters are taken as time values.

The system parameter time_step_size describes how long the time window for each OTP is. The recommended value is 30 seconds, and you can use the value 0 or the symbol OATH_TOTP_DEFAULT_TIME_STEP_SIZE to indicate this.

The system parameter start_offset denote the Unix time when time steps are started to be counted. The recommended value is 0, to fall back on the Unix epoch) and you can use the symbol OATH_TOTP_DEFAULT_START_TIME to indicate this.

The output_otp buffer must have room for at least digits characters, plus one for the terminating NUL.

Currently only values 6, 7 and 8 for digits are supported. This restriction may be lifted in future versions.


On success, OATH_OK (zero) is returned, otherwise an error code is returned.




Report bugs to <oath-toolkit-help [at] nongnu.org>. liboath home page: http://www.gnu.org/software/liboath/ General help using GNU software: http://www.gnu.org/gethelp/


Copyright © 2009-2012 Simon Josefsson.
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