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x509 - X.509 certificate handling
A X.509 certificate is a structured grouping of information about an individual, a device,
or anything one can imagine. A X.509 CRL (certificate revocation list) is a tool to help
determine if a certificate is still valid. The exact definition of those can be found in
the X.509 document from ITU-T, or in RFC3280 from PKIX. In OpenSSL, the type X509 is used
to express such a certificate, and the type X509_CRL is used to express a CRL.
A related structure is a certificate request, defined in PKCS#10 from RSA Security, Inc,
also reflected in RFC2896. In OpenSSL, the type X509_REQ is used to express such a
To handle some complex parts of a certificate, there are the types X509_NAME (to express a
certificate name), X509_ATTRIBUTE (to express a certificate attributes), X509_EXTENSION
(to express a certificate extension) and a few more.
Finally, there's the supertype X509_INFO, which can contain a CRL, a certificate and a
corresponding private key.
X509_..., d2i_X509_... and i2d_X509_... handle X.509 certificates, with some exceptions,
X509_CRL_..., d2i_X509_CRL_... and i2d_X509_CRL_... handle X.509 CRLs.
X509_REQ_..., d2i_X509_REQ_... and i2d_X509_REQ_... handle PKCS#10 certificate requests.
X509_NAME_... handle certificate names.
X509_ATTRIBUTE_... handle certificate attributes.
X509_EXTENSION_... handle certificate extensions.
X509_NAME_add_entry_by_NID(3), X509_NAME_print_ex(3), X509_NAME_new(3), d2i_X509(3),
d2i_X509_ALGOR(3), d2i_X509_CRL(3), d2i_X509_NAME(3), d2i_X509_REQ(3), d2i_X509_SIG(3),
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