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package javax.crypto;

 * A secret (symmetric) key.
 * The purpose of this interface is to group (and provide type safety
 * for) all secret key interfaces.
 * <p>
 * Provider implementations of this interface must overwrite the
 * {@code equals} and {@code hashCode} methods inherited from
 * {@link java.lang.Object}, so that secret keys are compared based on
 * their underlying key material and not based on reference.
 * Implementations should override the default {@code destroy} and
 * {@code isDestroyed} methods from the
 * {@link} interface to enable
 * sensitive key information to be destroyed, cleared, or in the case
 * where such information is immutable, unreferenced.
 * Finally, since {@code SecretKey} is {@code Serializable}, implementations
 * should also override
 * {@link}
 * to prevent keys that have been destroyed from being serialized.
 * <p>Keys that implement this interface return the string {@code RAW}
 * as their encoding format (see {@code getFormat}), and return the
 * raw key bytes as the result of a {@code getEncoded} method call. (The
 * {@code getFormat} and {@code getEncoded} methods are inherited
 * from the {@link} parent interface.)
 * @author Jan Luehe
 * @see SecretKeyFactory
 * @see Cipher
 * @since 1.4

public interface SecretKey extends, {

     * The class fingerprint that is set to indicate serialization
     * compatibility since J2SE 1.4.
     * @deprecated A {@code serialVersionUID} field in an interface is
     * ineffectual. Do not use; no replacement.
    static final long serialVersionUID = -4795878709595146952L;