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Release 1.67 is now available for download.

This release is a combination of performance improvement, security fixes, and bug fixes. Performance of Argon2, Noekeon, and GCM have all been improved. A 'safegcd' constant-time modular inversion has been implemented providing both extra side-channel protection as well as significant performance improvement. Performance of custom binary ECC curves and Edwards Curves has been improved as well. Initial (experimental) support has also been add for the "Composite Keys and Signatures For Use In Internet PKI" draft RFC and the jdk15on provider jars now support the Java API provided in Java 11 and Java 15 for XECKey and EdECKey. Further work has been done on making sure mode name checks in Cipher strings now result in a NoSuchAlgorithmException. An issue causing short signatures in the BC X.509 Certificate and CRL implementations to throw an exception if toString() is called has been fixed and an issue with nested BER data in octet strings that could cause a parser failure has been fixed. Issues with some OpenBSDBcrypt passwords not being accepted correctly have been addressed and additional improvements and compatibility fixes have also been made to the BCJSSE. Further details on other additions and bug fixes can be found in the release notes file accompanying the release.

Java Version Details With the arrival of Java 15. jdk15 is not quite as unambiguous as it was. The jdk15on jars are compiled to work with anything from Java 1.5 up. They are also multi-release jars so do support some features that were introduced in Java 9, Java 11, and Java 15. If you have issues with mulit-release jars see the jdk15to18 release jars below.

Change Warning (users of 1.52 or earlier): The PEM Parser now returns an X509TrustedCertificate block when parsing an openssl trusted certificate, the new object was required to allow the proper return of the trusted certificate's attribute block. Please also see the porting guide for advice on porting to this release from much earlier ones (release 1.45 or earlier).

Further Note (users of Oracle JVM 1.7 or earlier, users of "pre-Java 9" toolkits): As of 1.63 we have started including signed jars for "jdk15to18", if you run into issues with either signature validation in the JCE or the presence of the multi-release versions directory in the regular "jdk15on" jar files try the "jdk15to18" jars instead. Please also note the JCE certificate in the public access versions of Oracle Java 6 (6u45) and Oracle Java 7 (7u80) is expiring on the 20th April this year (2020). Oracle does distribute JVMs for Java 6 and Java 7 with a newer, and stronger, certificate to holders of Java Support Contracts.

Others have contributed to this release, both with code and/or financially and you can find them listed in the contributors file. We would like to thank holders of Crypto Workshop support contracts for additional time that was contributed back to this release through left over consulting time provided as part of their support agreements. Thank you, one and all!

If you're interested in grabbing the lot in one hit (includes JCE, JCE provider, light weight API, J2ME, range of JDK compatibility classes, signed jars, fries, and king prawns...) download crypto-167.tar.gz or, otherwise if you are only interested in one version in particular, see below. Early access to our FIPS hardened version of the Java APIs is now available for both BC-FJA 1.0.3 and BC-FJA 2.0.0 as well, contact us at for further information.

Get the most out of your Bouncy Castle experience!

Get a support contract through Crypto Workshop. We have found two things that distinguish our support contract holders from our regular user base. Developers with access to a support contract are more likely to raise an issue with us early rather than try and muddle through, and developers with access to a support contract also take a more active interest in the beta releases, both FIPS and non-FIPS. The second one is useful as it means any issues or shortfalls in the beta are able to be fixed while the updates are still in beta. The first one is a real cost saver as it does not lead to us receiving emails starting with "Our development team has spent (some number of) weeks trying to work out..." It is much cheaper to have a support contract!

Signed JAR files

From release 1.40 some implementations of encryption algorithms were removed from the regular jar files at the request of a number of users. Jars with names of the form *-ext-* still include these (at the moment the list is: NTRU).

  Provider Clean room JCE
and provider
JDK 1.5 - JDK 1.15 bcprov-jdk15on-167.jar
  bcpkix-jdk15on-167.jar bcmail-jdk15on-167.jar bcpg-jdk15on-167.jar bctls-jdk15on-167.jar bctest-jdk15on-167.jar
JDK 1.5 - JDK 1.8 bcprov-jdk15to18-167.jar
  bcpkix-jdk15to18-167.jar bcmail-jdk15to18-167.jar bcpg-jdk15to18-167.jar bctls-jdk15to18-167.jar bctest-jdk15to18-167.jar
JDK 1.4 bcprov-jdk14-167.jar
  bcpkix-jdk14-167.jar bcmail-jdk14-167.jar bcpg-jdk14-167.jar bctls-jdk14-167.jar (low-level only) bctest-jdk14-167.jar
JDK 1.3 bcprov-jdk13-167.jar
bcpkix-jdk13-167.jar bcmail-jdk13-167.jar bcpg-jdk13-167.jar   bctest-jdk13-167.jar
JDK 1.2 bcprov-jdk12-167.jar
bcpkix-jdk12-167.jar   bcpg-jdk12-167.jar   bctest-jdk12-167.jar

The following signed provider jars are provided so that you can make use of the debug information in them. In the case of the non-provider jars (bcpkix, bcpg, and bcmail), the jar files do not need to be signed to work. You can rebuild them with debug turned on, or operate directly from the source, if you need.

  Providers with debug
JDK 1.5 - JDK 1.15 bcprov-debug-jdk15on-167.jar bcprov-ext-debug-jdk15on-167.jar
JDK 1.5 - JDK 1.8 bcprov-debug-jdk15to18-167.jar bcprov-ext-debug-jdk15to18-167.jar
JDK 1.4 bcprov-debug-jdk14-167.jar bcprov-ext-debug-jdk14-167.jar

Sources and JavaDoc

JDK 1.5 - JDK 1.15 bctls-jdk15on-167.tar.gz
JDK 1.4 (low-level only) bctls-jdk14-167.tar.gz

JDK 1.5 - JDK 1.15 bcpkix-jdk15on-167.tar.gz
JDK 1.4 bcpkix-jdk14-167.tar.gz
JDK 1.3 bcpkix-jdk13-167.tar.gz
JDK 1.2 bcpkix-jdk12-167.tar.gz
JDK 1.1 bcpkix-jdk11-167.tar.gz

JDK 1.5 - JDK 1.15 bcpg-jdk15on-167.tar.gz
JDK 1.4 bcpg-jdk14-167.tar.gz
JDK 1.3 bcpg-jdk13-167.tar.gz
JDK 1.2 bcpg-jdk12-167.tar.gz
JDK 1.1 bcpg-jdk11-167.tar.gz

JDK 1.5 - JDK 1.15 bcmail-jdk15on-167.tar.gz
JDK 1.4 bcmail-jdk14-167.tar.gz
JDK 1.3 bcmail-jdk13-167.tar.gz

  JCE with provider and lightweight API Lightweight API  
JDK 1.5 - JDK 1.15 bcprov-jdk15on-167.tar.gz lcrypto-jdk15on-167.tar.gz
JDK 1.4 bcprov-jdk14-167.tar.gz lcrypto-jdk14-167.tar.gz
JDK 1.3 jce-jdk13-167.tar.gz lcrypto-jdk13-167.tar.gz
JDK 1.2 jce-jdk12-167.tar.gz lcrypto-jdk12-167.tar.gz
JDK 1.1 jce-jdk11-167.tar.gz lcrypto-jdk11-167.tar.gz
J2ME     lcrypto-j2me-167.tar.gz

  Releases no longer maintained
JDK 1.0 lcrypto-jdk10-133.tar.gz


  1. The tar archives were created using GNU tar (some versions of Solaris tar will have problems extracting them)
  2. The J2ME source distribution includes zips for the class files

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