AES 256 bit key generation

Rubis Paul rubis.paul at
Thu Aug 10 19:47:22 CEST 2006

Hi all,
I want to create as AEs key of size 256 there any function in
libgcrypt to generate AES key ?
Now i am using libgcrypt random number generation to create an AES key
.is this correct ?

I am sedning my code
//Symmetric key generation (128 bit)
	printf("Generating symmetric key (128 bit)...\n");
	//Allocate a byte-array for holding the key
	unsigned char* key = (unsigned char*) malloc(BLOCKSIZE*sizeof(char));
	//Use secure random number generation
	gcry_randomize(key, BLOCKSIZE, GCRY_STRONG_RANDOM);

      printf("Setting the key...\n");
	err = gcry_cipher_setkey(hd, key, BLOCKSIZE);

is this the corret way of generating AES key ?
what is the best mode of AES encryption ( like , GCRY_CIPHER_MODE_CFB, etc)  ?


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