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ASN1PARSE(1)				     OpenSSL				     ASN1PARSE(1)

       asn1parse - ASN.1 parsing tool

       openssl asn1parse [-inform PEM|DER] [-in filename] [-out filename] [-noout] [-offset num-
       ber] [-length number] [-i] [-oid filename] [-strparse offset]

       The asn1parse command is a diagnostic utility that can parse ASN.1 structures. It can also
       be used to extract data from ASN.1 formatted data.

       -inform DER|PEM
	   the input format. DER is binary format and PEM (the default) is base64 encoded.

       -in filename
	   the input file, default is standard input

       -out filename
	   output file to place the DER encoded data into. If this option is not present then no
	   data will be output. This is most useful when combined with the -strparse option.

	   don't output the parsed version of the input file.

       -offset number
	   starting offset to begin parsing, default is start of file.

       -length number
	   number of bytes to parse, default is until end of file.

       -i  indents the output according to the "depth" of the structures.

       -oid filename
	   a file containing additional OBJECT IDENTIFIERs (OIDs). The format of this file is
	   described in the NOTES section below.

       -strparse offset
	   parse the contents octets of the ASN.1 object starting at offset. This option can be
	   used multiple times to "drill down" into a nested structure.


       The output will typically contain lines like this:

	 0:d=0	hl=4 l= 681 cons: SEQUENCE


	 229:d=3  hl=3 l= 141 prim: BIT STRING
	 373:d=2  hl=3 l= 162 cons: cont [ 3 ]
	 376:d=3  hl=3 l= 159 cons: SEQUENCE
	 379:d=4  hl=2 l=  29 cons: SEQUENCE
	 381:d=5  hl=2 l=   3 prim: OBJECT	      :X509v3 Subject Key Identifier
	 386:d=5  hl=2 l=  22 prim: OCTET STRING
	 410:d=4  hl=2 l= 112 cons: SEQUENCE
	 412:d=5  hl=2 l=   3 prim: OBJECT	      :X509v3 Authority Key Identifier
	 417:d=5  hl=2 l= 105 prim: OCTET STRING
	 524:d=4  hl=2 l=  12 cons: SEQUENCE


       This example is part of a self signed certificate. Each line starts with the offset in
       decimal. d=XX specifies the current depth. The depth is increased within the scope of any
       SET or SEQUENCE. hl=XX gives the header length (tag and length octets) of the current
       type. l=XX gives the length of the contents octets.

       The -i option can be used to make the output more readable.

       Some knowledge of the ASN.1 structure is needed to interpret the output.

       In this example the BIT STRING at offset 229 is the certificate public key.  The contents
       octets of this will contain the public key information. This can be examined using the
       option -strparse 229 to yield:

	   0:d=0  hl=3 l= 137 cons: SEQUENCE
	   3:d=1  hl=3 l= 129 prim: INTEGER	      :E5D21E1F5C8D208EA7A2166C7FAF9F6BDF2059669C60876DDB70840F1A5AAFA59699FE471F379F1DD6A487E7D5409AB6A88D4A9746E24B91D8CF55DB3521015460C8EDE44EE8A4189F7A7BE77D6CD3A9AF2696F486855CF58BF0EDF2B4068058C7A947F52548DDF7E15E96B385F86422BEA9064A3EE9E1158A56E4A6F47E5897
	 135:d=1  hl=2 l=   3 prim: INTEGER	      :010001

       If an OID is not part of OpenSSL's internal table it will be represented in numerical form
       (for example The file passed to the -oid option allows additional OIDs to be
       included. Each line consists of three columns, the first column is the OID in numerical
       format and should be followed by white space. The second column is the "short name" which
       is a single word followed by white space. The final column is the rest of the line and is
       the "long name". asn1parse displays the long name. Example:

       "  shortName A long name"

       There should be options to change the format of input lines. The output of some ASN.1
       types is not well handled (if at all).

0.9.7d					    2002-04-30				     ASN1PARSE(1)
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