Windows CE 3.0

This function decodes a structure of the type indicated by the lpszStructType parameter. The CryptDecodeObjectEx function offers a significant performance improvement over the CryptDecodeObject function by supporting memory allocation with the CRYPT_DECODE_ALLOC_FLAG value.

BOOL WINAPI CryptDecodeObjectEx(
DWORD dwCertEncodingType, 
LPCSTR lpszStructType, 
const BYTE *pbEncoded, 
DWORD cbEncoded, 
DWORD dwFlags, 
void *pvStructInfo, 
DWORD *pcbStructInfo


[in] Type of encoding used. Currently, only X509_ASN_ENCODING is used; however, additional encoding types may be added in the future.
[in] Pointer to an OID defining the structure type. If the high-order word of the lpszStructType parameter is zero, the low-order word specifies the integer identifier for the type of the specified structure. Otherwise, this parameter is a long pointer to a NULL-terminated string.

For more details about object identifier strings, their predefined constants, and their corresponding structures, see Constants for the CryptEncodeObjectEx and CryptDecodeObjectEx functions.

[in] Pointer to the data to be decoded. The structure must be of the type specified by the lpszStructType parameter.
[in] Number of bytes pointed to by the pbEncoded parameter. This is the number of bytes to be decoded.
[in] The following table defines the dwFlags flags that can be combined with bitwise OR operations.
Value Description
CRYPT_DECODE_ALLOC_FLAG The called decoding function allocates memory for the decoded structure. A pointer to the allocated structure is returned in the pvStructInfo parameter.

If pDecodePara or pDecodePara->pfnAlloc is NULL, then the LocalAlloc function is called for the allocation and the LocalFree function must be called to free the memory.

If pDecodePara and pDecodePara->pfnAlloc are non-NULL, then pDecodePara->pfnAlloc is called for the allocation and the function pointed to by pDecodePara->pfnFree must be called to free the memory.

CRYPT_DECODE_NOCOPY_FLAG This flag can be set to enable a "no copy" optimization. This optimization updates the pvStructInfo parameters to point to content residing within the pbEncoded parameter instead of making a copy of the content and appending it to the pvStructInfo parameter. The calling application needs to allocate less memory and execution is faster because a copy is not made. Note that when performing "no copy" decoding, the pbEncoded parameter cannot be freed until the pvStructInfo parameter is freed.
CRYPT_UNICODE_NAME_DECODE_DISABLE_IE4_UTF8_FLAG This flag is applicable when decoding X509_UNICODE_NAME, X509_UNICODE_NAME_VALUE, or X509_UNICODE_ANY_STRING. By default, CERT_RDN_T61_STRING encoded values are initially decoded as UTF8. If the UTF8 decoding fails, then the value is decoded as eight-bit characters. If this flag is set, it skips the initial attempt to decode the value as UTF8 and decodes the value as eight-bit characters.
CRYPT_DECODE_TO_BE_SIGNED_FLAG By default, the contents of the buffer pointed to by the pbEncoded parameter included the signed content and the signature. If this flag is set, the buffer includes only the "to be signed" content. This flag is applicable to X509_CERT_TO_BE_SIGNED, X509_CERT_CRL_TO_BE_SIGNED, X509_CRT_REQUEST_TO_BE_SIGNED, and X509_KEYGEN_REQUEST_TO_BE_SIGNED objects.
CRYPT_DECODE_SHARE_0ID_STING_FLAG When this flag is set, the OID strings are allocated in Crypt32.dll and shared instead of being copied into the returned data structure. This flag can be set if Crypt32.dll is not unloaded before the caller is unloaded.
CRYPT_DECODE_NO_SIGNATURE_BYTE_REVERSAL_FLAG By default, the signature bytes are reversed. If this flag is set, this byte reversal is inhibited.
[in] Pointer to a CRYPT_DECODE_PARA structure containing decoding paragraph information. If the pDecodePara parameter is set to NULL, then the LocalAlloc and LocalFree functions are used to allocate and free memory. If the pDecodePara parameter points to a CRYPT_DECODE_PARA structure that the structure passes in callback functions to allocate and free memory. These callback functions override the default memory allocation of the LocalAlloc and LocalFree functions.
[out] If the dwFlags CRYPT_ENCODE_ALLOC_FLAG is set, the pvStructInfo parameter is not a pointer to a buffer but is the address of a pointer to the buffer. Because memory is allocated inside the function and the pointer is stored at *pvStructInfo, the pvStructInfo parameter must always be non-NULL.

If CRYPT_ENCODE_ALLOC_FLAG is not set, the pvStructInfo parameter is a pointer to a buffer that receives the decoded structure. When the buffer that is specified is not large enough to receive the decoded structure, the function sets the ERROR_MORE_DATA code and stores the required buffer size, in bytes, in the variable pointed to by the pcbStructInfo parameter.

This parameter can be NULL to retrieve the size of this information for memory allocation purposes.

[in/out] Pointer to a DWORD that contains the size, in bytes, of the buffer pointed to by the pvStructInfo parameter. When the function returns, the DWORD contains the number of bytes stored in the buffer. The size contained in the variable pointed to by the pcbStructInfo parameter can indicate a size larger than the decoded structure, as the decoded structure can include pointers to auxiliary data. This size is the sum of the size needed by the decoded structure and the auxiliary data.

When CRYPT_DECODE_ALLOC_FLAG is set, the pcbStructInfo parameter is the address of a pointer to the DWORD that is updated.

Note   When processing the data returned in the buffer, applications must use the actual size of the data returned. The actual size can be slightly smaller than the size of the buffer specified on input. (On input, buffer sizes are usually specified large enough to ensure that the largest possible output data fits in the buffer.) On output, the variable pointed to by this parameter is updated to reflect the actual size of the data copied to the buffer.

Return Values

If the function succeeds, the return value is nonzero (TRUE).

If the function fails, the return value is zero (FALSE).

For extended error information, call the GetLastError function. The following table lists some possible error codes.

Value Description
CRYPT_E_BAD_ENCODE An error was encountered while decoding.
ERROR_FILE_NOT_FOUND A decoding function could not be found for the specified dwCertEncodingType and lpszStructType parameters.
ERROR_MORE_DATA If the buffer specified by the pvStructInfo parameter is not large enough to hold the returned data, the function sets the ERROR_MORE_DATA code and stores the required buffer size, in bytes, in the variable pointed to by the pcbStructInfo parameter.


The desktop platform supports the PKCS_7_ASN_ENCODING flag, but Windows CE does not. Windows CE ignores the flag when it is specified.


Runs on Versions Defined in Include Link to
Windows CE OS 3.0 or later Wincrypt.h   Crypt32.lib
Note   This API is part of the complete Windows CE OS package as provided by Microsoft. The functionality of a particular platform is determined by the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and some devices may not support this API.

See Also

CryptEncodeObjectEx, LocalAlloc, LocalFree

 Last updated on Tuesday, July 13, 2004

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