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oath_totp_validate4_callback(3) liboath oath_totp_validate4_callback(3)

oath_totp_validate4_callback - API function

#include <oath.h>
int oath_totp_validate4_callback(const char * secret, size_t secret_length, time_t now, unsigned time_step_size, time_t start_offset, unsigned digits, size_t window, int * otp_pos, uint64_t * otp_counter, int flags, oath_validate_strcmp_function strcmp_otp, void * strcmp_handle);

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
size_t window
how many OTPs after start counter to test
int * otp_pos
output search position in search window (may be NULL).
uint64_t * otp_counter
counter value used to calculate OTP value (may be NULL).
int flags
flags indicating mode, one of oath_totp_flags
oath_validate_strcmp_function strcmp_otp
function pointer to a strcmp-like function.
void * strcmp_handle
caller handle to be passed on to strcmp_otp.

Validate an OTP according to OATH TOTP algorithm per RFC 6238.
Validation is implemented by generating a number of potential OTPs and performing a call to the strcmp_otp function, to compare the potential OTP against the given otp. It has the following prototype:
int (*oath_validate_strcmp_function) (void *handle, const char *test_otp);
The function should be similar to strcmp in that it return 0 only on matches. It differs by permitting use of negative return codes as indication of internal failures in the callback. Positive values indicate OTP mismatch.
This callback interface is useful when you cannot compare OTPs directly using normal strcmp, but instead for example only have a hashed OTP. You would then typically pass in the hashed OTP in the strcmp_handle and let your implementation of strcmp_otp hash the test_otp OTP using the same hash, and then compare the results.
Currently only OTP lengths of 6, 7 or 8 digits are supported. This restrictions may be lifted in future versions, although some limitations are inherent in the protocol.
The flags parameter may be used to change the MAC function, for example OATH_TOTP_HMAC_SHA256 or OATH_TOTP_HMAC_SHA512.

Returns absolute value of position in OTP window (zero is first position), or OATH_INVALID_OTP if no OTP was found in OTP window, or an error code.


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