Rework STACK_OF(T) documentation.

Rather than documenting the private sk_new_null, etc., APIs and then
expecting callers to infer the real API, describe a real sample API
under #if 0.

Also rename the function pointers to sk_FOO_whatever, which both matches
OpenSSL and reduces the namespaces we squat. The generic callback types
I've renamed to OPENSSL_sk_whatever, to similarly match OpenSSL. We
should also rename plain sk_whatever, but that'll require fixing some
downstream code.

Bug: 499
Change-Id: I49d250958d40858cb49eeee2aad38a17a63add87
Reviewed-by: Adam Langley <>
Commit-Queue: David Benjamin <>
2 files changed
tree: 762beb86f1b8281f0fcb1df8ce99ebe5f3764990
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  2. crypto/
  3. decrepit/
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  5. include/
  6. rust/
  7. ssl/
  8. third_party/
  9. tool/
  10. util/
  11. .clang-format
  12. .gitignore
  16. CMakeLists.txt
  17. codereview.settings
  20. go.mod
  21. go.sum
  24. OpenSSLConfig.cmake
  28. sources.cmake


BoringSSL is a fork of OpenSSL that is designed to meet Google's needs.

Although BoringSSL is an open source project, it is not intended for general use, as OpenSSL is. We don't recommend that third parties depend upon it. Doing so is likely to be frustrating because there are no guarantees of API or ABI stability.

Programs ship their own copies of BoringSSL when they use it and we update everything as needed when deciding to make API changes. This allows us to mostly avoid compromises in the name of compatibility. It works for us, but it may not work for you.

BoringSSL arose because Google used OpenSSL for many years in various ways and, over time, built up a large number of patches that were maintained while tracking upstream OpenSSL. As Google's product portfolio became more complex, more copies of OpenSSL sprung up and the effort involved in maintaining all these patches in multiple places was growing steadily.

Currently BoringSSL is the SSL library in Chrome/Chromium, Android (but it's not part of the NDK) and a number of other apps/programs.

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