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.TH byte_start 3
.SH NAME
byte_start \- find out if string b is prefix of string a
.SH SYNTAX
.B #include <libowfat/byte.h>
int \fBbyte_start\fP(const char *\fIa\fR,size_t \fIalen\fR,const char *\fIb\fR,size_t blen);
.SH DESCRIPTION
\fIbyte_start\fR returns 1 if \fIalen\fR >= \fIblen\fR and the first \fIblen\fR bytes from
\fIa\fR and \fIb\fR are equal.
When \fIblen\fR is too large or the strings are different, \fIbyte_start\fR does not
read bytes past the first difference. An attacker observing the
execution timing can thus learn where the first mismatch happened.
Use \fIbyte_equal_notimingattack\fR to compare keys, passphrases, cookies or
hashes instead.
.SH "SEE ALSO"
byte_equal(3), byte_equal_notimingattack(3), byte_starts(3)