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KeyGenerator is a simple wrapper around OpenSSL's implementation of PBKDF2. It can be used to derive a number of keys for various purposes from a given secret. This lets Rails applications have a single secure secret, but avoid reusing that key in multiple incompatible contexts.


Class Public methods

new(secret, options = {})

# File activesupport/lib/active_support/key_generator.rb, line 12
def initialize(secret, options = {})
  @secret = secret
  # The default iterations are higher than required for our key derivation uses
  # on the off chance someone uses this for password storage
  @iterations = options[:iterations] || 2**16

Instance Public methods

generate_key(salt, key_size = 64)

Returns a derived key suitable for use. The default key_size is chosen to be compatible with the default settings of ActiveSupport::MessageVerifier. i.e. OpenSSL::Digest::SHA1#block_length

# File activesupport/lib/active_support/key_generator.rb, line 22
def generate_key(salt, key_size = 64)
  OpenSSL::PKCS5.pbkdf2_hmac_sha1(@secret, salt, @iterations, key_size)