Cloud Keys 2020 Node.js Edition

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Sign Method

Signs a message using a CMK.


amazonkms.sign(keyId, algorithm, isDigest, [callback])


The 'callback' parameter specifies a function which will be called when the operation completes (or an error is encountered). If the 'callback' parameter is not specified, then the method will block and will not return until the operation completes (or an error is encountered).

The callback for this method is defined as:

function(err){ }

'err' is the error that occurred. If there was no error, then 'err' is 'null'.

'err' has 2 properties which hold detailed information:



This method signs a message using the CMK specified by KeyId and the given Algorithm. The message data to sign is taken from the the specified InputFile or the InputData property. The signature data is output to the the specified OutputFile or the OutputData property.

The value passed for the KeyId parameter must be the Id or ARN of a CMK, or the name or ARN of an alias, in the current Region. If an ARN is provided, it can be for a CMK or alias in another account so long as the appropriate permissions are in place.

The Algorithm parameter specifies which algorithm to use to sign the data. Possible values are:

  • RSASSA_PKCS1_V1_5_SHA_256
  • RSASSA_PKCS1_V1_5_SHA_384
  • RSASSA_PKCS1_V1_5_SHA_512
  • ECDSA_SHA_256
  • ECDSA_SHA_384
  • ECDSA_SHA_512

The IsDigest parameter specifies whether the message data is the original message (false) or a message digest (true). When supplying a message digest, keep in mind that the same digest will need to be provided in order to Verify the signature later.

Note that a maximum of 4096 bytes of message data can be sent to the server. If IsDigest is false, and more than 4096 bytes of message data are provided, the class will automatically compute an appropriate message digest and send it instead. In such cases, the computed digest is made available via the MessageDigest configuration setting.

This method will fail if any of the following are true regarding the specified CMK:

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