Remove the CRYPTO_EX_new callback.

This callback is never used. The one caller I've ever seen is in Android
code which isn't built with BoringSSL and it was a no-op.

It also doesn't actually make much sense. A callback cannot reasonably
assume that it sees every, say, SSL_CTX created because the index may be
registered after the first SSL_CTX is created. Nor is there any point in
an EX_DATA consumer in one file knowing about an SSL_CTX created in
completely unrelated code.

Replace all the pointers with a typedef to int*. This will ensure code
which passes NULL or 0 continues to compile while breaking code which
passes an actual function.

This simplifies some object creation functions which now needn't worry
about CRYPTO_new_ex_data failing. (Also avoids bouncing on the lock, but
it's taking a read lock, so this doesn't really matter.)


Change-Id: I02893883c6fa8693682075b7b130aa538a0a1437
Reviewed-by: Adam Langley <>
18 files changed
tree: 0f442b4aed457b2dfc41fe41075e4303237f61ef
  1. .clang-format
  2. .gitignore
  4. CMakeLists.txt
  10. codereview.settings
  11. crypto/
  12. decrepit/
  13. fuzz/
  14. include/
  15. ssl/
  16. tool/
  17. util/


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.

There are other files in this directory which might be helpful:

  • how to port OpenSSL-using code to BoringSSL.
  • how to build BoringSSL
  • rules and guidelines for coding style.
  • include/openssl: public headers with API documentation in comments. Also available online.
  • information about fuzzing BoringSSL.