pkcs11-destroy(8) destroy PKCS#11 objects


pkcs11-destroy [-m module] [-s slot] {-i ID | -l label} [-p PIN] [-w seconds]



destroys keys stored in a PKCS#11 device, identified by their ID or label.

Matching keys are displayed before being destroyed. By default, there is a five second delay to allow the user to interrupt the process before the destruction takes place.


-m module

Specify the PKCS#11 provider module. This must be the full path to a shared library object implementing the PKCS#11 API for the device.

-s slot

Open the session with the given PKCS#11 slot. The default is slot 0.

-i ID

Destroy keys with the given object ID.

-l label

Destroy keys with the given label.

-p PIN

Specify the PIN for the device. If no PIN is provided on the command line, pkcs11-destroy will prompt for it.

-w seconds

Specify how long to pause before carrying out key destruction. The default is five seconds. If set to 0, destruction will be immediate.


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