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OBJ_nid2obj(3)					       OpenSSL					       OBJ_nid2obj(3)

NAME
OBJ_nid2obj, OBJ_nid2ln, OBJ_nid2sn, OBJ_obj2nid, OBJ_txt2nid, OBJ_ln2nid, OBJ_sn2nid, OBJ_cmp, OBJ_dup, OBJ_txt2obj, OBJ_obj2txt, OBJ_create, OBJ_cleanup - ASN1 object utility functions
SYNOPSIS
ASN1_OBJECT * OBJ_nid2obj(int n); const char * OBJ_nid2ln(int n); const char * OBJ_nid2sn(int n); int OBJ_obj2nid(const ASN1_OBJECT *o); int OBJ_ln2nid(const char *ln); int OBJ_sn2nid(const char *sn); int OBJ_txt2nid(const char *s); ASN1_OBJECT * OBJ_txt2obj(const char *s, int no_name); int OBJ_obj2txt(char *buf, int buf_len, const ASN1_OBJECT *a, int no_name); int OBJ_cmp(const ASN1_OBJECT *a,const ASN1_OBJECT *b); ASN1_OBJECT * OBJ_dup(const ASN1_OBJECT *o); int OBJ_create(const char *oid,const char *sn,const char *ln); void OBJ_cleanup(void);
DESCRIPTION
The ASN1 object utility functions process ASN1_OBJECT structures which are a representation of the ASN1 OBJECT IDENTIFIER (OID) type. OBJ_nid2obj(), OBJ_nid2ln() and OBJ_nid2sn() convert the NID n to an ASN1_OBJECT structure, its long name and its short name respectively, or NULL is an error occurred. OBJ_obj2nid(), OBJ_ln2nid(), OBJ_sn2nid() return the corresponding NID for the object o, the long name <ln> or the short name <sn> respectively or NID_undef if an error occurred. OBJ_txt2nid() returns NID corresponding to text string <s>. s can be a long name, a short name or the numeri- cal respresentation of an object. OBJ_txt2obj() converts the text string s into an ASN1_OBJECT structure. If no_name is 0 then long names and short names will be interpreted as well as numerical forms. If no_name is 1 only the numerical form is accept- able. OBJ_obj2txt() converts the ASN1_OBJECT a into a textual representation. The representation is written as a null terminated string to buf at most buf_len bytes are written, truncating the result if necessary. The total amount of space required is returned. If no_name is 0 then if the object has a long or short name then that will be used, otherwise the numerical form will be used. If no_name is 1 then the numerical form will always be used. OBJ_cmp() compares a to b. If the two are identical 0 is returned. OBJ_dup() returns a copy of o. OBJ_create() adds a new object to the internal table. oid is the numerical form of the object, sn the short name and ln the long name. A new NID is returned for the created object. OBJ_cleanup() cleans up OpenSSLs internal object table: this should be called before an application exits if any new objects were added using OBJ_create().
NOTES
Objects in OpenSSL can have a short name, a long name and a numerical identifier (NID) associated with them. A standard set of objects is represented in an internal table. The appropriate values are defined in the header file objects.h. For example the OID for commonName has the following definitions: #define SN_commonName "CN" #define LN_commonName "commonName" #define NID_commonName 13 New objects can be added by calling OBJ_create(). Table objects have certain advantages over other objects: for example their NIDs can be used in a C language switch statement. They are also static constant structures which are shared: that is there is only a single constant structure for each table object. Objects which are not in the table have the NID value NID_undef. Objects do not need to be in the internal tables to be processed, the functions OBJ_txt2obj() and OBJ_obj2txt() can process the numerical form of an OID.
EXAMPLES
Create an object for commonName: ASN1_OBJECT *o; o = OBJ_nid2obj(NID_commonName); Check if an object is commonName if (OBJ_obj2nid(obj) == NID_commonName) /* Do something */ Create a new NID and initialize an object from it: int new_nid; ASN1_OBJECT *obj; new_nid = OBJ_create("1.2.3.4", "NewOID", "New Object Identifier"); obj = OBJ_nid2obj(new_nid); Create a new object directly: obj = OBJ_txt2obj("1.2.3.4", 1);
BUGS
OBJ_obj2txt() is awkward and messy to use: it doesn't follow the convention of other OpenSSL functions where the buffer can be set to NULL to determine the amount of data that should be written. Instead buf must point to a valid buffer and buf_len should be set to a positive value. A buffer length of 80 should be more than enough to handle any OID encountered in practice.
RETURN VALUES
OBJ_nid2obj() returns an ASN1_OBJECT structure or NULL is an error occurred. OBJ_nid2ln() and OBJ_nid2sn() returns a valid string or NULL on error. OBJ_obj2nid(), OBJ_ln2nid(), OBJ_sn2nid() and OBJ_txt2nid() return a NID or NID_undef on error.
SEE ALSO
ERR_get_error(3)
HISTORY
TBA 0.9.7a 2002-10-20 OBJ_nid2obj(3)
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