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NAME

opensslOpenSSL command line tool

SYNOPSIS

openssl command [command_opts] [command_args]

openssl list-standard-commands | list-message-digest-commands | list-cipher-commands | list-cipher-algorithms | list-message-digest-algorithms | list-public-key-algorithms

openssl no-command

DESCRIPTION

OpenSSL is a cryptography toolkit implementing the Transport Layer Security (TLS v1) network protocol, as well as related cryptography standards.
The openssl program is a command line tool for using the various cryptography functions of openssl's crypto library from the shell.
The pseudo-commands list-standard-commands, list-message-digest-commands, and list-cipher-commands output a list (one entry per line) of the names of all standard commands, message digest commands, or cipher commands, respectively, that are available in the present openssl utility.
The pseudo-commands list-cipher-algorithms and list-message-digest-algorithms list all cipher and message digest names, one entry per line. Aliases are listed as:
from => to
The pseudo-command list-public-key-algorithms lists all supported public key algorithms.
The pseudo-command no-command tests whether a command of the specified name is available. If command does not exist, it returns 0 and prints no-command; otherwise it returns 1 and prints command. In both cases, the output goes to stdout and nothing is printed to stderr. Additional command line arguments are always ignored. Since for each cipher there is a command of the same name, this provides an easy way for shell scripts to test for the availability of ciphers in the openssl program.
Note: no-command is not able to detect pseudo-commands such as quit, list-...-commands, or no-command itself.

ASN1PARSE

openssl asn1parse [-i] [-dlimit number] [-dump] [-genconf file] [-genstr str] [-in file] [-inform der | pem | txt] [-length number] [-noout] [-offset number] [-oid file] [-out file] [-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.
The options are as follows:
 
 
-dlimit number
Dump the first number bytes of unknown data in hex form.
 
 
-dump
Dump unknown data in hex form.
 
 
-genconf file, -genstr str
Generate encoded data based on string str, file file, or both, using the format described in ASN1_generate_nconf(3). If only file is present then the string is obtained from the default section using the name “asn1”. The encoded data is passed through the ASN.1 parser and printed out as though it came from a file; the contents can thus be examined and written to a file using the -out option.
 
 
-i
Indent the output according to the “depth” of the structures.
 
 
-in file
The input file to read from, or standard input if not specified.
 
 
-inform der | pem | txt
The input format.
 
 
-length number
Number of bytes to parse; the default is until end of file.
 
 
-noout
Do not output the parsed version of the input file.
 
 
-offset number
Starting offset to begin parsing; the default is start of file.
 
 
-oid file
A file containing additional object identifiers (OIDs). If an OID (object identifier) is not part of openssl's internal table it will be represented in numerical form (for example 1.2.3.4).
Each line consists of three columns: the first column is the OID in numerical format and should be followed by whitespace. The second column is the “short name”, which is a single word followed by whitespace. The final column is the rest of the line and is the “long name”. asn1parse displays the long name.
 
 
-out file
The DER-encoded output file; the default is no encoded output (useful when combined with -strparse).
 
 
-strparse offset
Parse the content octets of the ASN.1 object starting at offset. This option can be used multiple times to “drill down” into a nested structure.

CA

openssl ca [-batch] [-cert file] [-config file] [-crl_CA_compromise time] [-crl_compromise time] [-crl_hold instruction] [-crl_reason reason] [-crldays days] [-crlexts section] [-crlhours hours] [-days arg] [-enddate date] [-extensions section] [-extfile section] [-gencrl] [-in file] [-infiles] [-key keyfile] [-keyfile arg] [-keyform pem] [-md arg] [-msie_hack] [-name section] [-noemailDN] [-notext] [-out file] [-outdir dir] [-passin arg] [-policy arg] [-preserveDN] [-revoke file] [-spkac file] [-ss_cert file] [-startdate date] [-status serial] [-subj arg] [-updatedb] [-verbose]
The ca command is a minimal certificate authority (CA) application. It can be used to sign certificate requests in a variety of forms and generate certificate revocation lists (CRLs). It also maintains a text database of issued certificates and their status.
The options relevant to CAs are as follows:
 
 
-batch
Batch mode. In this mode no questions will be asked and all certificates will be certified automatically.
 
 
-cert file
The CA certificate file.
 
 
-config file
Specify an alternative configuration file.
 
 
-days arg
The number of days to certify the certificate for.
 
 
-enddate date
Set the expiry date. The format of the date is YYMMDDHHMMSSZ (the same as an ASN.1 UTCTime structure).
 
 
-extensions section
The section of the configuration file containing certificate extensions to be added when a certificate is issued (defaults to x509_extensions unless the -extfile option is used). If no extension section is present, a V1 certificate is created. If the extension section is present (even if it is empty), then a V3 certificate is created.
 
 
-extfile file
An additional configuration file to read certificate extensions from (using the default section unless the -extensions option is also used).
 
 
-in file
An input file containing a single certificate request to be signed by the CA.
 
 
-infiles
If present, this should be the last option; all subsequent arguments are assumed to be the names of files containing certificate requests.
 
 
-key keyfile
The password used to encrypt the private key. Since on some systems the command line arguments are visible, this option should be used with caution.
 
 
-keyfile file
The private key to sign requests with.
 
 
-keyform pem
Private key file format.
 
 
-md alg
The message digest to use. Possible values include md5 and sha1. This option also applies to CRLs.
 
 
-msie_hack
This is a legacy option to make ca work with very old versions of the IE certificate enrollment control “certenr3”. It used UniversalStrings for almost everything. Since the old control has various security bugs, its use is strongly discouraged. The newer control “Xenroll” does not need this option.
 
 
-name section
Specifies the configuration file section to use (overrides default_ca in the ca section).
 
 
-noemailDN
The DN of a certificate can contain the EMAIL field if present in the request DN, however it is good policy just having the email set into the altName extension of the certificate. When this option is set, the EMAIL field is removed from the certificate's subject and set only in the, eventually present, extensions. The email_in_dn keyword can be used in the configuration file to enable this behaviour.
 
 
-notext
Don't output the text form of a certificate to the output file.
 
 
-out file
The output file to output certificates to. The default is standard output. The certificate details will also be printed out to this file.
 
 
-outdir directory
The directory to output certificates to. The certificate will be written to a file consisting of the serial number in hex with “.pem” appended.
 
 
-passin arg
The key password source.
 
 
-policy arg
Define the CA “policy” to use. The policy section in the configuration file consists of a set of variables corresponding to certificate DN fields. The values may be one of “match” (the value must match the same field in the CA certificate), “supplied” (the value must be present), or “optional” (the value may be present). Any fields not mentioned in the policy section are silently deleted, unless the -preserveDN option is set, but this can be regarded more of a quirk than intended behaviour.
 
 
-preserveDN
Normally, the DN order of a certificate is the same as the order of the fields in the relevant policy section. When this option is set, the order is the same as the request. This is largely for compatibility with the older IE enrollment control which would only accept certificates if their DNs matched the order of the request. This is not needed for Xenroll.
 
 
-spkac file
A file containing a single Netscape signed public key and challenge, and additional field values to be signed by the CA. This will usually come from the KEYGEN tag in an HTML form to create a new private key. It is, however, possible to create SPKACs using the spkac utility.
The file should contain the variable SPKAC set to the value of the SPKAC and also the required DN components as name value pairs. If it's necessary to include the same component twice, then it can be preceded by a number and a ‘.’.
 
 
-ss_cert file
A single self-signed certificate to be signed by the CA.
 
 
-startdate date
Set the start date. The format of the date is YYMMDDHHMMSSZ (the same as an ASN.1 UTCTime structure).
 
 
-status serial
Show the status of the certificate with serial number serial.
 
 
-updatedb
Update database for expired certificates.
 
 
-verbose
Print extra details about the operations being performed.
The options relevant to CRLs are as follows:
 
 
-crl_CA_compromise time
This is the same as -crl_compromise, except the revocation reason is set to CACompromise.
 
 
-crl_compromise time
Set the revocation reason to keyCompromise and the compromise time to time. time should be in GeneralizedTime format, i.e. YYYYMMDDHHMMSSZ.
 
 
-crl_hold instruction
Set the CRL revocation reason code to certificateHold and the hold instruction to instruction which must be an OID. Although any OID can be used, only holdInstructionNone (the use of which is discouraged by RFC 2459), holdInstructionCallIssuer or holdInstructionReject will normally be used.
 
 
-crl_reason reason
Revocation reason, where reason is one of: unspecified, keyCompromise, CACompromise, affiliationChanged, superseded, cessationOfOperation, certificateHold or removeFromCRL. The matching of reason is case insensitive. Setting any revocation reason will make the CRL v2. In practice, removeFromCRL is not particularly useful because it is only used in delta CRLs which are not currently implemented.
 
 
-crldays num
The number of days before the next CRL is due. This is the days from now to place in the CRL nextUpdate field.
 
 
-crlexts section
The section of the configuration file containing CRL extensions to include. If no CRL extension section is present then a V1 CRL is created; if the CRL extension section is present (even if it is empty) then a V2 CRL is created. The CRL extensions specified are CRL extensions and not CRL entry extensions. It should be noted that some software can't handle V2 CRLs.
 
 
-crlhours num
The number of hours before the next CRL is due.
 
 
-gencrl
Generate a CRL based on information in the index file.
 
 
-revoke file
A file containing a certificate to revoke.
 
 
-subj arg
Supersedes the subject name given in the request. The arg must be formatted as /type0=value0/type1=value1/type2=...; characters may be escaped by ‘\’ (backslash), no spaces are skipped.
Many of the options can be set in the ca section of the configuration file (or in the default section of the configuration file), specified using default_ca or -name. The options preserve and msie_hack are read directly from the ca section.
Many of the configuration file options are identical to command line options. Where the option is present in the configuration file and the command line, the command line value is used. Where an option is described as mandatory, then it must be present in the configuration file or the command line equivalent (if any) used.
 
 
certificate
The same as -cert. It gives the file containing the CA certificate. Mandatory.
 
 
copy_extensions
Determines how extensions in certificate requests should be handled. If set to none or this option is not present, then extensions are ignored and not copied to the certificate. If set to copy, then any extensions present in the request that are not already present are copied to the certificate. If set to copyall, then all extensions in the request are copied to the certificate: if the extension is already present in the certificate it is deleted first.
The copy_extensions option should be used with caution. If care is not taken, it can be a security risk. For example, if a certificate request contains a basicConstraints extension with CA:TRUE and the copy_extensions value is set to copyall and the user does not spot this when the certificate is displayed, then this will hand the requestor a valid CA certificate.
This situation can be avoided by setting copy_extensions to copy and including basicConstraints with CA:FALSE in the configuration file. Then if the request contains a basicConstraints extension, it will be ignored.
The main use of this option is to allow a certificate request to supply values for certain extensions such as subjectAltName.
 
 
crl_extensions
The same as -crlexts.
 
 
crlnumber
A text file containing the next CRL number to use in hex. The CRL number will be inserted in the CRLs only if this file exists. If this file is present, it must contain a valid CRL number.
 
 
database
The text database file to use. Mandatory. This file must be present, though initially it will be empty.
 
 
default_crl_hours, default_crl_days
The same as the -crlhours and -crldays options. These will only be used if neither command line option is present. At least one of these must be present to generate a CRL.
 
 
default_days
The same as the -days option. The number of days to certify a certificate for.
 
 
default_enddate
The same as the -enddate option. Either this option or default_days (or the command line equivalents) must be present.
 
 
default_md
The same as the -md option. The message digest to use. Mandatory.
 
 
default_startdate
The same as the -startdate option. The start date to certify a certificate for. If not set, the current time is used.
 
 
email_in_dn
The same as -noemailDN. If the EMAIL field is to be removed from the DN of the certificate, simply set this to “no”. If not present, the default is to allow for the EMAIL field in the certificate's DN.
 
 
msie_hack
The same as -msie_hack.
 
 
name_opt, cert_opt
These options allow the format used to display the certificate details when asking the user to confirm signing. All the options supported by the x509 utilities' -nameopt and -certopt switches can be used here, except that no_signame and no_sigdump are permanently set and cannot be disabled (this is because the certificate signature cannot be displayed because the certificate has not been signed at this point).
For convenience, the value ca_default is accepted by both to produce a reasonable output.
If neither option is present, the format used in earlier versions of openssl is used. Use of the old format is strongly discouraged because it only displays fields mentioned in the policy section, mishandles multicharacter string types and does not display extensions.
 
 
new_certs_dir
The same as the -outdir command line option. It specifies the directory where new certificates will be placed. Mandatory.
 
 
oid_file
This specifies a file containing additional object identifiers. Each line of the file should consist of the numerical form of the object identifier followed by whitespace, then the short name followed by whitespace and finally the long name.
 
 
oid_section
This specifies a section in the configuration file containing extra object identifiers. Each line should consist of the short name of the object identifier followed by ‘=’ and the numerical form. The short and long names are the same when this option is used.
 
 
policy
The same as -policy. Mandatory.
 
 
preserve
The same as -preserveDN.
 
 
private_key
Same as the -keyfile option. The file containing the CA private key. Mandatory.
 
 
serial
A text file containing the next serial number to use in hex. Mandatory. This file must be present and contain a valid serial number.
 
 
unique_subject
If the value yes is given, the valid certificate entries in the database must have unique subjects. If the value no is given, several valid certificate entries may have the exact same subject. The default value is yes.
 
 
x509_extensions
The same as -extensions.

CIPHERS

openssl ciphers [-hVv] [-tls1] [cipherlist]
The ciphers command converts openssl cipher lists into ordered SSL cipher preference lists. It can be used as a way to determine the appropriate cipher list.
The options are as follows:
 
 
-h, -?
Print a brief usage message.
 
 
-tls1
Only include TLS v1 ciphers.
 
 
-V
Verbose. List ciphers with a complete description of protocol version, key exchange, authentication, encryption and mac algorithms, any key size restrictions, and cipher suite codes (hex format).
 
 
-v
Like -V, but without cipher suite codes.
 
 
cipherlist
A cipher list to convert to a cipher preference list. If it is not included, the default cipher list will be used.
The cipher list consists of one or more cipher strings separated by colons. Commas or spaces are also acceptable separators, but colons are normally used.
The actual cipher string can take several different forms:
It can consist of a single cipher suite, such as RC4-SHA.
It can represent a list of cipher suites containing a certain algorithm, or cipher suites of a certain type. For example SHA1 represents all cipher suites using the digest algorithm SHA1.
Lists of cipher suites can be combined in a single cipher string using the ‘+’ character (logical AND operation). For example, SHA1+DES represents all cipher suites containing the SHA1 and DES algorithms.
Each cipher string can be optionally preceded by the characters ‘!’, ‘-’, or ‘+’. If ‘!’ is used, then the ciphers are permanently deleted from the list. The ciphers deleted can never reappear in the list even if they are explicitly stated. If ‘-’ is used, then the ciphers are deleted from the list, but some or all of the ciphers can be added again by later options. If ‘+’ is used, then the ciphers are moved to the end of the list. This option doesn't add any new ciphers, it just moves matching existing ones.
If none of these characters is present, the string is just interpreted as a list of ciphers to be appended to the current preference list. If the list includes any ciphers already present, they will be ignored; that is, they will not be moved to the end of the list.
Additionally, the cipher string @STRENGTH can be used at any point to sort the current cipher list in order of encryption algorithm key length.
The following is a list of all permitted cipher strings and their meanings.
 
 
DEFAULT
The default cipher list. This is determined at compile time and is currently ALL:!aNULL:!eNULL:!SSLv2. This must be the first cipher string specified.
 
 
COMPLEMENTOFDEFAULT
The ciphers included in ALL, but not enabled by default. Currently this is ADH. Note that this rule does not cover eNULL, which is not included by ALL (use COMPLEMENTOFALL if necessary).
 
 
ALL
All cipher suites except the eNULL ciphers, which must be explicitly enabled.
 
 
COMPLEMENTOFALL
The cipher suites not enabled by ALL, currently being eNULL.
 
 
HIGH
“High” encryption cipher suites. This currently means those with key lengths larger than 128 bits.
 
 
MEDIUM
“Medium” encryption cipher suites, currently those using 128-bit encryption.
 
 
LOW
“Low” encryption cipher suites, currently those using 64- or 56-bit encryption algorithms.
 
 
eNULL, NULL
The “NULL” ciphers; that is, those offering no encryption. Because these offer no encryption at all and are a security risk, they are disabled unless explicitly included.
 
 
aNULL
The cipher suites offering no authentication. This is currently the anonymous DH algorithms. These cipher suites are vulnerable to a “man in the middle” attack, so their use is normally discouraged.
 
 
kRSA, RSA
Cipher suites using RSA key exchange.
 
 
kEDH
Cipher suites using ephemeral DH key agreement.
 
 
aRSA
Cipher suites using RSA authentication, i.e. the certificates carry RSA keys.
 
 
aDSS, DSS
Cipher suites using DSS authentication, i.e. the certificates carry DSS keys.
 
 
TLSv1
TLS v1.0 cipher suites.
 
 
DH
Cipher suites using DH, including anonymous DH.
 
 
ADH
Anonymous DH cipher suites.
 
 
AES
Cipher suites using AES.
 
 
3DES
Cipher suites using triple DES.
 
 
DES
Cipher suites using DES (not triple DES).
 
 
RC4
Cipher suites using RC4.
 
 
CAMELLIA
Cipher suites using Camellia.
 
 
CHACHA20
Cipher suites using ChaCha20.
 
 
IDEA
Cipher suites using IDEA.
 
 
MD5
Cipher suites using MD5.
 
 
SHA1, SHA
Cipher suites using SHA1.

CRL

openssl crl [-CAfile file] [-CApath dir] [-fingerprint] [-hash] [-in file] [-inform der | pem] [-issuer] [-lastupdate] [-nextupdate] [-noout] [-out file] [-outform der | pem] [-text]
The crl command processes CRL files in DER or PEM format.
The options are as follows:
 
 
-CAfile file
Verify the signature on a CRL by looking up the issuing certificate in file.
 
 
-CApath directory
Verify the signature on a CRL by looking up the issuing certificate in dir. This directory must be a standard certificate directory, i.e. a hash of each subject name (using x509 -hash) should be linked to each certificate.
 
 
-fingerprint
Print the CRL fingerprint.
 
 
-hash
Output a hash of the issuer name. This can be used to look up CRLs in a directory by issuer name.
 
 
-in file
The input file to read from, or standard input if not specified.
 
 
-inform der | pem
The input format.
 
 
-issuer
Output the issuer name.
 
 
-lastupdate
Output the lastUpdate field.
 
 
-nextupdate
Output the nextUpdate field.
 
 
-noout
Do not output the encoded version of the CRL.
 
 
-out file
The output file to write to, or standard output if not specified.
 
 
-outform der | pem
The output format.
 
 
-text
Print the CRL in plain text.

CRL2PKCS7

openssl crl2pkcs7 [-certfile file] [-in file] [-inform der | pem] [-nocrl] [-out file] [-outform der | pem]
The crl2pkcs7 command takes an optional CRL and one or more certificates and converts them into a PKCS#7 degenerate “certificates only” structure.
The options are as follows:
 
 
-certfile file
Add the certificates in PEM file to the PKCS#7 structure. This option can be used more than once to read certificates from multiple files.
 
 
-in file
Read the CRL from file, or standard input if not specified.
 
 
-inform der | pem
The input format.
 
 
-nocrl
Normally, a CRL is included in the output file. With this option, no CRL is included in the output file and a CRL is not read from the input file.
 
 
-out file
Write the PKCS#7 structure to file, or standard output if not specified.
 
 
-outform der | pem
The output format.

DGST

openssl dgst [-cd] [-binary] [-digest] [-hex] [-hmac key] [-keyform pem] [-mac algorithm] [-macopt nm:v] [-out file] [-passin arg] [-prverify file] [-sign file] [-signature file] [-sigopt nm:v] [-verify file] [file ...]
The digest functions output the message digest of a supplied file or files in hexadecimal form. They can also be used for digital signing and verification.
The options are as follows:
 
 
-binary
Output the digest or signature in binary form.
 
 
-c
Print the digest in two-digit groups separated by colons.
 
 
-d
Print BIO debugging information.
 
 
-digest
Use the specified message digest. The default is MD5. The available digests can be displayed using openssl list-message-digest-commands. The following are equivalent: openssl dgst -md5 and openssl md5.
 
 
-hex
Digest is to be output as a hex dump. This is the default case for a “normal” digest as opposed to a digital signature.
 
 
-hmac key
Create a hashed MAC using key.
 
 
-keyform pem
Specifies the key format to sign the digest with.
 
 
-mac algorithm
Create a keyed Message Authentication Code (MAC). The most popular MAC algorithm is HMAC (hash-based MAC), but there are other MAC algorithms which are not based on hash. MAC keys and other options should be set via the -macopt parameter.
 
 
-macopt nm:v
Passes options to the MAC algorithm, specified by -mac. The following options are supported by HMAC:
 
 
key:string
Specifies the MAC key as an alphanumeric string (use if the key contain printable characters only). String length must conform to any restrictions of the MAC algorithm.
 
 
hexkey:string
Specifies the MAC key in hexadecimal form (two hex digits per byte). Key length must conform to any restrictions of the MAC algorithm.
 
 
-out file
The output file to write to, or standard output if not specified.
 
 
-passin arg
The key password source.
 
 
-prverify file
Verify the signature using the private key in file. The output is either “Verification OK” or “Verification Failure”.
 
 
-sign file
Digitally sign the digest using the private key in file.
 
 
-signature file
The actual signature to verify.
 
 
-sigopt nm:v
Pass options to the signature algorithm during sign or verify operations. The names and values of these options are algorithm-specific.
 
 
-verify file
Verify the signature using the public key in file. The output is either “Verification OK” or “Verification Failure”.
 
 
file ...
File or files to digest. If no files are specified then standard input is used.

DHPARAM

openssl dhparam [-2 | -5] [-C] [-check] [-dsaparam] [-in file] [-inform der | pem] [-noout] [-out file] [-outform der | pem] [-text] [numbits]
The dhparam command is used to manipulate DH parameter files. Only the older PKCS#3 DH is supported, not the newer X9.42 DH.
The options are as follows:
 
 
-2, -5
The generator to use; 2 is the default. If present, the input file is ignored and parameters are generated instead.
 
 
-C
Convert the parameters into C code. The parameters can then be loaded by calling the get_dhnumbits function.
 
 
-check
Check the DH parameters.
 
 
-dsaparam
Read or create DSA parameters, converted to DH format on output. Otherwise, “strong” primes (such that (p-1)/2 is also prime) will be used for DH parameter generation.
DH parameter generation with the -dsaparam option is much faster, and the recommended exponent length is shorter, which makes DH key exchange more efficient. Beware that with such DSA-style DH parameters, a fresh DH key should be created for each use to avoid small-subgroup attacks that may be possible otherwise.
 
 
-in file
The input file to read from, or standard input if not specified.
 
 
-inform der | pem
The input format.
 
 
-noout
Do not output the encoded version of the parameters.
 
 
-out file
The output file to write to, or standard output if not specified.
 
 
-outform der | pem
The output format.
 
 
-text
Print the DH parameters in plain text.
 
 
numbits
Generate a parameter set of size numbits. It must be the last option. If not present, a value of 2048 is used. If this value is present, the input file is ignored and parameters are generated instead.

DSA

openssl dsa [-aes128 | -aes192 | -aes256 | -des | -des3] [-in file] [-inform der | pem] [-modulus] [-noout] [-out file] [-outform der | pem] [-passin arg] [-passout arg] [-pubin] [-pubout] [-text]
The dsa command processes DSA keys. They can be converted between various forms and their components printed out.
Note: This command uses the traditional SSLeay compatible format for private key encryption: newer applications should use the more secure PKCS#8 format using the pkcs8 command.
The options are as follows:
 
 
-aes128 | -aes192 | -aes256 | -des | -des3
Encrypt the private key with the AES, DES, or the triple DES ciphers, respectively, before outputting it. A pass phrase is prompted for. If none of these options are specified, the key is written in plain text. This means that using the dsa utility to read an encrypted key with no encryption option can be used to remove the pass phrase from a key, or by setting the encryption options it can be used to add or change the pass phrase. These options can only be used with PEM format output files.
 
 
-in file
The input file to read from, or standard input if not specified. If the key is encrypted, a pass phrase will be prompted for.
 
 
-inform der | pem
The input format.
 
 
-modulus
Print the value of the public key component of the key.
 
 
-noout
Do not output the encoded version of the key.
 
 
-out file
The output file to write to, or standard output if not specified. If any encryption options are set then a pass phrase will be prompted for.
 
 
-outform der | pem
The output format.
 
 
-passin arg
The key password source.
 
 
-passout arg
The output file password source.
 
 
-pubin
Read in a public key, not a private key.
 
 
-pubout
Output a public key, not a private key. Automatically set if the input is a public key.
 
 
-text
Print the public/private key in plain text.

DSAPARAM

openssl dsaparam [-C] [-genkey] [-in file] [-inform der | pem] [-noout] [-out file] [-outform der | pem] [-text] [numbits]
The dsaparam command is used to manipulate or generate DSA parameter files.
The options are as follows:
 
 
-C
Convert the parameters into C code. The parameters can then be loaded by calling the get_dsaXXX function.
 
 
-genkey
Generate a DSA key either using the specified or generated parameters.
 
 
-in file
The input file to read from, or standard input if not specified. If the numbits parameter is included, then this option is ignored.
 
 
-inform der | pem
The input format.
 
 
-noout
Do not output the encoded version of the parameters.
 
 
-out file
The output file to write to, or standard output if not specified.
 
 
-outform der | pem
The output format.
 
 
-text
Print the DSA parameters in plain text.
 
 
numbits
Generate a parameter set of size numbits. If this option is included, the input file is ignored.

EC

openssl ec [-conv_form arg] [-des] [-des3] [-in file] [-inform der | pem] [-noout] [-out file] [-outform der | pem] [-param_enc arg] [-param_out] [-passin arg] [-passout arg] [-pubin] [-pubout] [-text]
The ec command processes EC keys. They can be converted between various forms and their components printed out. openssl uses the private key format specified in “SEC 1: Elliptic Curve Cryptography” (http://www.secg.org/). To convert an EC private key into the PKCS#8 private key format use the pkcs8 command.
The options are as follows:
 
 
-conv_form arg
Specify how the points on the elliptic curve are converted into octet strings. Possible values are: compressed (the default), uncompressed, and hybrid. For more information regarding the point conversion forms see the X9.62 standard. Note: Due to patent issues the compressed option is disabled by default for binary curves and can be enabled by defining the preprocessor macro OPENSSL_EC_BIN_PT_COMP at compile time.
 
 
-des | -des3
Encrypt the private key with DES, triple DES, or any other cipher supported by openssl. A pass phrase is prompted for. If none of these options is specified the key is written in plain text. This means that using the ec utility to read in an encrypted key with no encryption option can be used to remove the pass phrase from a key, or by setting the encryption options it can be used to add or change the pass phrase. These options can only be used with PEM format output files.
 
 
-in file
The input file to read a key from, or standard input if not specified. If the key is encrypted a pass phrase will be prompted for.
 
 
-inform der | pem
The input format.
 
 
-noout
Do not output the encoded version of the key.
 
 
-out file
The output filename to write to, or standard output if not specified. If any encryption options are set then a pass phrase will be prompted for.
 
 
-outform der | pem
The output format.
 
 
-param_enc arg
Specify how the elliptic curve parameters are encoded. Possible value are: named_curve, i.e. the EC parameters are specified by an OID; or explicit, where the EC parameters are explicitly given (see RFC 3279 for the definition of the EC parameter structures). The default value is named_curve. Note: the implicitlyCA alternative, as specified in RFC 3279, is currently not implemented.
 
 
-passin arg
The key password source.
 
 
-passout arg
The output file password source.
 
 
-pubin
Read in a public key, not a private key.
 
 
-pubout
Output a public key, not a private key. Automatically set if the input is a public key.
 
 
-text
Print the public/private key in plain text.

ECPARAM

openssl ecparam [-C] [-check] [-conv_form arg] [-genkey] [-in file] [-inform der | pem] [-list_curves] [-name arg] [-no_seed] [-noout] [-out file] [-outform der | pem] [-param_enc arg] [-text]
The ecparam command is used to manipulate or generate EC parameter files. openssl is not able to generate new groups so ecparam can only create EC parameters from known (named) curves.
The options are as follows:
 
 
-C
Convert the EC parameters into C code. The parameters can then be loaded by calling the get_ec_group_XXX function.
 
 
-check
Validate the elliptic curve parameters.
 
 
-conv_form arg
Specify how the points on the elliptic curve are converted into octet strings. Possible values are: compressed (the default), uncompressed, and hybrid. For more information regarding the point conversion forms see the X9.62 standard. Note: Due to patent issues the compressed option is disabled by default for binary curves and can be enabled by defining the preprocessor macro OPENSSL_EC_BIN_PT_COMP at compile time.
 
 
-genkey
Generate an EC private key using the specified parameters.
 
 
-in file
The input file to read from, or standard input if not specified.
 
 
-inform der | pem
The input format.
 
 
-list_curves
Print a list of all currently implemented EC parameter names and exit.
 
 
-name arg
Use the EC parameters with the specified "short" name.
 
 
-no_seed
Do not include the seed for the parameter generation in the ECParameters structure (see RFC 3279).
 
 
-noout
Do not output the encoded version of the parameters.
 
 
-out file
The output file to write to, or standard output if not specified.
 
 
-outform der | pem
The output format.
 
 
-param_enc arg
Specify how the elliptic curve parameters are encoded. Possible value are: named_curve, i.e. the EC parameters are specified by an OID, or explicit, where the EC parameters are explicitly given (see RFC 3279 for the definition of the EC parameter structures). The default value is named_curve. Note: the implicitlyCA alternative, as specified in RFC 3279, is currently not implemented.
 
 
-text
Print the EC parameters in plain text.

ENC

openssl enc -ciphername [-AadePp] [-base64] [-bufsize number] [-debug] [-in file] [-iv IV] [-K key] [-k password] [-kfile file] [-md digest] [-none] [-nopad] [-nosalt] [-out file] [-pass arg] [-S salt] [-salt]
The symmetric cipher commands allow data to be encrypted or decrypted using various block and stream ciphers using keys based on passwords or explicitly provided. Base64 encoding or decoding can also be performed either by itself or in addition to the encryption or decryption. The program can be called either as openssl ciphername or openssl enc -ciphername.
Some of the ciphers do not have large keys and others have security implications if not used correctly. All the block ciphers normally use PKCS#5 padding, also known as standard block padding. If padding is disabled, the input data must be a multiple of the cipher block length.
The options are as follows:
 
 
-A
If the -a option is set, then base64 process the data on one line.
 
 
-a, -base64
Base64 process the data. This means that if encryption is taking place, the data is base64-encoded after encryption. If decryption is set, the input data is base64-decoded before being decrypted.
 
 
-bufsize number
Set the buffer size for I/O.
 
 
-d
Decrypt the input data.
 
 
-debug
Debug the BIOs used for I/O.
 
 
-e
Encrypt the input data. This is the default.
 
 
-in file
The input file to read from, or standard input if not specified.
 
 
-iv IV
The actual IV (initialisation vector) to use: this must be represented as a string comprised only of hex digits. When only the key is specified using the -K option, the IV must explicitly be defined. When a password is being specified using one of the other options, the IV is generated from this password.
 
 
-K key
The actual key to use: this must be represented as a string comprised only of hex digits. If only the key is specified, the IV must also be specified using the -iv option. When both a key and a password are specified, the key given with the -K option will be used and the IV generated from the password will be taken. It probably does not make much sense to specify both key and password.
 
 
-k password
The password to derive the key from. Superseded by the -pass option.
 
 
-kfile file
Read the password to derive the key from the first line of file. Superseded by the -pass option.
 
 
-md digest
Use digest to create a key from a pass phrase. digest may be one of md5 or sha1.
 
 
-none
Use NULL cipher (no encryption or decryption of input).
 
 
-nopad
Disable standard block padding.
 
 
-nosalt
Don't use a salt in the key derivation routines. This option should never be used since it makes it possible to perform efficient dictionary attacks on the password and to attack stream cipher encrypted data.
 
 
-out file
The output file to write to, or standard output if not specified.
 
 
-P
Print out the salt, key, and IV used, then immediately exit; don't do any encryption or decryption.
 
 
-p
Print out the salt, key, and IV used.
 
 
-pass arg
The password source.
 
 
-S salt
The actual salt to use: this must be represented as a string comprised only of hex digits.
 
 
-salt
Use a salt in the key derivation routines (the default). When the salt is being used the first eight bytes of the encrypted data are reserved for the salt: it is randomly generated when encrypting a file and read from the encrypted file when it is decrypted.

ERRSTR

openssl errstr [-stats] errno ...
The errstr command performs error number to error string conversion, generating a human-readable string representing the error code errno. The string is obtained through the ERR_error_string_n(3) function and has the following format:
error:[error code]:[library name]:[function name]:[reason string]
[error code] is an 8-digit hexadecimal number. The remaining fields [library name], [function name], and [reason string] are all ASCII text.
The options are as follows:
 
 
-stats
Print debugging statistics about various aspects of the hash table.

GENDSA

openssl gendsa [-aes128 | -aes192 | -aes256 | -des | -des3] [-out file] [paramfile]
The gendsa command generates a DSA private key from a DSA parameter file (typically generated by the openssl dsaparam command). DSA key generation is little more than random number generation so it is much quicker than, for example, RSA key generation.
The options are as follows:
 
 
-aes128 | -aes192 | -aes256 | -des | -des3
Encrypt the private key with the AES, DES, or the triple DES ciphers, respectively, before outputting it. A pass phrase is prompted for. If none of these options are specified, no encryption is used.
 
 
-out file
The output file to write to, or standard output if not specified.
 
 
paramfile
Specify the DSA parameter file to use. The parameters in this file determine the size of the private key.

GENPKEY

openssl genpkey [-algorithm alg] [cipher] [-genparam] [-out file] [-outform der | pem] [-paramfile file] [-pass arg] [-pkeyopt opt:value] [-text]
The genpkey command generates private keys. The use of this program is encouraged over the algorithm specific utilities because additional algorithm options can be used.
The options are as follows:
 
 
-algorithm alg
The public key algorithm to use, such as RSA, DSA, or DH. This option must precede any -pkeyopt options. The options -paramfile and -algorithm are mutually exclusive.
 
 
cipher
Encrypt the private key with the supplied cipher. Any algorithm name accepted by EVP_get_cipherbyname(3) is acceptable.
 
 
-genparam
Generate a set of parameters instead of a private key. This option must precede any -algorithm, -paramfile, or -pkeyopt options.
 
 
-out file
The output file to write to, or standard output if not specified.
 
 
-outform der | pem
The output format.
 
 
-paramfile file
Some public key algorithms generate a private key based on a set of parameters, which can be supplied using this option. If this option is used the public key algorithm used is determined by the parameters. This option must precede any -pkeyopt options. The options -paramfile and -algorithm are mutually exclusive.
 
 
-pass arg
The output file password source.
 
 
-pkeyopt opt:value
Set the public key algorithm option opt to value, as follows:
 
 
rsa_keygen_bits:numbits
(RSA) The number of bits in the generated key. The default is 2048.
 
 
rsa_keygen_pubexp:value
(RSA) The RSA public exponent value. This can be a large decimal or hexadecimal value if preceded by 0x. The default is 65537.
 
 
dsa_paramgen_bits:numbits
(DSA) The number of bits in the generated parameters. The default is 1024.
 
 
dh_paramgen_prime_len:numbits
(DH) The number of bits in the prime parameter p.
 
 
dh_paramgen_generator:value
(DH) The value to use for the generator g.
 
 
ec_paramgen_curve:curve
(EC) The EC curve to use.
 
 
-text
Print the private/public key in plain text.

GENRSA

openssl genrsa [-3 | -f4] [-aes128 | -aes192 | -aes256 | -des | -des3] [-out file] [-passout arg] [numbits]
The genrsa command generates an RSA private key, which essentially involves the generation of two prime numbers. When generating the key, various symbols will be output to indicate the progress of the generation. A ‘.’ represents each number which has passed an initial sieve test; ‘+’ means a number has passed a single round of the Miller-Rabin primality test. A newline means that the number has passed all the prime tests (the actual number depends on the key size).
The options are as follows:
 
 
-3 | -f4
The public exponent to use, either 3 or 65537. The default is 65537.
 
 
-aes128 | -aes192 | -aes256 | -des | -des3
Encrypt the private key with the AES, DES, or the triple DES ciphers, respectively, before outputting it. If none of these options are specified, no encryption is used. If encryption is used, a pass phrase is prompted for, if it is not supplied via the -passout option.
 
 
-out file
The output file to write to, or standard output if not specified.
 
 
-passout arg
The output file password source.
 
 
numbits
The size of the private key to generate in bits. This must be the last option specified. The default is 2048.

NSEQ

openssl nseq [-in file] [-out file] [-toseq]
The nseq command takes a file containing a Netscape certificate sequence (an alternative to the standard PKCS#7 format) and prints out the certificates contained in it, or takes a file of certificates and converts it into a Netscape certificate sequence.
The options are as follows:
 
 
-in file
The input file to read from, or standard input if not specified.
 
 
-out file
The output file to write to, or standard output if not specified.
 
 
-toseq
Normally, a Netscape certificate sequence will be input and the output is the certificates contained in it. With the -toseq option the situation is reversed: a Netscape certificate sequence is created from a file of certificates.

OCSP

openssl ocsp [-CA file] [-CAfile file] [-CApath directory] [-cert file] [-dgst alg] [-host hostname:port] [-index indexfile] [-issuer file] [-ndays days] [-nmin minutes] [-no_cert_checks] [-no_cert_verify] [-no_certs] [-no_chain] [-no_intern] [-no_nonce] [-no_signature_verify] [-nonce] [-noverify] [-nrequest number] [-out file] [-path path] [-port portnum] [-req_text] [-reqin file] [-reqout file] [-resp_key_id] [-resp_no_certs] [-resp_text] [-respin file] [-respout file] [-rkey file] [-rother file] [-rsigner file] [-serial number] [-sign_other file] [-signer file] [-signkey file] [-status_age age] [-text] [-trust_other] [-url responder_url] [-VAfile file] [-validity_period nsec] [-verify_other file]
The Online Certificate Status Protocol (OCSP) enables applications to determine the (revocation) state of an identified certificate (RFC 2560).
The ocsp command performs many common OCSP tasks. It can be used to print out requests and responses, create requests and send queries to an OCSP responder, and behave like a mini OCSP server itself.
The options are as follows:
 
 
-CAfile file, -CApath directory
A file or path containing trusted CA certificates, used to verify the signature on the OCSP response.
 
 
-cert file
Add the certificate file to the request. The issuer certificate is taken from the previous -issuer option, or an error occurs if no issuer certificate is specified.
 
 
-dgst alg
Use the digest algorithm alg for certificate identification in the OCSP request. By default SHA-1 is used.
 
 
-host hostname:port, -path path
Send the OCSP request to hostname on port. -path specifies the HTTP path name to use, or / by default.
 
 
-issuer file
The current issuer certificate, in PEM format. Can be used multiple times and must come before any -cert options.
 
 
-no_cert_checks
Don't perform any additional checks on the OCSP response signer's certificate. That is, do not make any checks to see if the signer's certificate is authorised to provide the necessary status information: as a result this option should only be used for testing purposes.
 
 
-no_cert_verify
Don't verify the OCSP response signer's certificate at all. Since this option allows the OCSP response to be signed by any certificate, it should only be used for testing purposes.
 
 
-no_certs
Don't include any certificates in the signed request.
 
 
-no_chain
Do not use certificates in the response as additional untrusted CA certificates.
 
 
-no_intern
Ignore certificates contained in the OCSP response when searching for the signer's certificate. The signer's certificate must be specified with either the -verify_other or -VAfile options.
 
 
-no_signature_verify
Don't check the signature on the OCSP response. Since this option tolerates invalid signatures on OCSP responses, it will normally only be used for testing purposes.
 
 
-nonce, -no_nonce
Add an OCSP nonce extension to a request, or disable an OCSP nonce addition. Normally, if an OCSP request is input using the -respin option no nonce is added: using the -nonce option will force the addition of a nonce. If an OCSP request is being created (using the -cert and -serial options) a nonce is automatically added; specifying -no_nonce overrides this.
 
 
-noverify
Don't attempt to verify the OCSP response signature or the nonce values. This is normally only be used for debugging since it disables all verification of the responder's certificate.
 
 
-out file
Specify the output file to write to, or standard output if not specified.
 
 
-req_text, -resp_text, -text
Print out the text form of the OCSP request, response, or both, respectively.
 
 
-reqin file, -respin file
Read an OCSP request or response file from file. These options are ignored if an OCSP request or response creation is implied by other options (for example with the -serial, -cert, and -host options).
 
 
-reqout file, -respout file
Write out the DER-encoded certificate request or response to file.
 
 
-serial num
Same as the -cert option except the certificate with serial number num is added to the request. The serial number is interpreted as a decimal integer unless preceded by ‘0x’. Negative integers can also be specified by preceding the value with a minus sign.
 
 
-sign_other file
Additional certificates to include in the signed request.
 
 
-signer file, -signkey file
Sign the OCSP request using the certificate specified in the -signer option and the private key specified by the -signkey option. If the -signkey option is not present, then the private key is read from the same file as the certificate. If neither option is specified, the OCSP request is not signed.
 
 
-trust_other
The certificates specified by the -verify_other option should be explicitly trusted and no additional checks will be performed on them. This is useful when the complete responder certificate chain is not available or trusting a root CA is not appropriate.
 
 
-url responder_url
Specify the responder URL. Both HTTP and HTTPS (SSL/TLS) URLs can be specified.
 
 
-VAfile file
A file containing explicitly trusted responder certificates. Equivalent to the -verify_other and -trust_other options.
 
 
-validity_period nsec, -status_age age
The range of times, in seconds, which will be tolerated in an OCSP response. Each certificate status response includes a notBefore time and an optional notAfter time. The current time should fall between these two values, but the interval between the two times may be only a few seconds. In practice the OCSP responder and clients' clocks may not be precisely synchronised and so such a check may fail. To avoid this the -validity_period option can be used to specify an acceptable error range in seconds, the default value being 5 minutes.
If the notAfter time is omitted from a response, it means that new status information is immediately available. In this case the age of the notBefore field is checked to see it is not older than age seconds old. By default, this additional check is not performed.
 
 
-verify_other file
A file containing additional certificates to search when attempting to locate the OCSP response signing certificate. Some responders omit the actual signer's certificate from the response, so this can be used to supply the necessary certificate.
The options for the OCSP server are as follows:
 
 
-CA file
CA certificate corresponding to the revocation information in indexfile.
 
 
-index indexfile
indexfile is a text index file in ca format containing certificate revocation information.
If this option is specified, ocsp is in responder mode, otherwise it is in client mode. The requests the responder processes can be either specified on the command line (using the -issuer and -serial options), supplied in a file (using the -respin option), or via external OCSP clients (if port or url is specified).
If this option is present, then the -CA and -rsigner options must also be present.
 
 
-nmin minutes, -ndays days
Number of minutes or days when fresh revocation information is available: used in the nextUpdate field. If neither option is present, the nextUpdate field is omitted, meaning fresh revocation information is immediately available.
 
 
-nrequest number
Exit after receiving number requests (the default is unlimited).
 
 
-port portnum
Port to listen for OCSP requests on. May also be specified using the -url option.
 
 
-resp_key_id
Identify the signer certificate using the key ID; the default is to use the subject name.
 
 
-resp_no_certs
Don't include any certificates in the OCSP response.
 
 
-rkey file
The private key to sign OCSP responses with; if not present, the file specified in the -rsigner option is used.
 
 
-rother file
Additional certificates to include in the OCSP response.
 
 
-rsigner file
The certificate to sign OCSP responses with.
Initially the OCSP responder certificate is located and the signature on the OCSP request checked using the responder certificate's public key. Then a normal certificate verify is performed on the OCSP responder certificate building up a certificate chain in the process. The locations of the trusted certificates used to build the chain can be specified by the -CAfile and -CApath options or they will be looked for in the standard openssl certificates directory.
If the initial verify fails, the OCSP verify process halts with an error. Otherwise the issuing CA certificate in the request is compared to the OCSP responder certificate: if there is a match then the OCSP verify succeeds.
Otherwise the OCSP responder certificate's CA is checked against the issuing CA certificate in the request. If there is a match and the OCSPSigning extended key usage is present in the OCSP responder certificate, then the OCSP verify succeeds.
Otherwise the root CA of the OCSP responder's CA is checked to see if it is trusted for OCSP signing. If it is, the OCSP verify succeeds.
If none of these checks is successful, the OCSP verify fails. What this effectively means is that if the OCSP responder certificate is authorised directly by the CA it is issuing revocation information about (and it is correctly configured), then verification will succeed.
If the OCSP responder is a global responder, which can give details about multiple CAs and has its own separate certificate chain, then its root CA can be trusted for OCSP signing. Alternatively, the responder certificate itself can be explicitly trusted with the -VAfile option.

PASSWD

openssl passwd [-1 | -apr1 | -crypt] [-in file] [-noverify] [-quiet] [-reverse] [-salt string] [-stdin] [-table] [password]
The passwd command computes the hash of a password.
The options are as follows:
 
 
-1
Use the MD5 based BSD password algorithm “1”.
 
 
-apr1
Use the “apr1” algorithm (Apache variant of the BSD algorithm).
 
 
-crypt
Use the “crypt” algorithm (the default).
 
 
-in file
Read passwords from file.
 
 
-noverify
Don't verify when reading a password from the terminal.
 
 
-quiet
Don't output warnings when passwords given on the command line are truncated.
 
 
-reverse
Switch table columns. This only makes sense in conjunction with the -table option.
 
 
-salt string
Use the salt specified by string. When reading a password from the terminal, this implies -noverify.
 
 
-stdin
Read passwords from standard input.
 
 
-table
In the output list, prepend the cleartext password and a TAB character to each password hash.

PKCS7

openssl pkcs7 [-in file] [-inform der | pem] [-noout] [-out file] [-outform der | pem] [-print_certs] [-text]
The pkcs7 command processes PKCS#7 files in DER or PEM format. The PKCS#7 routines only understand PKCS#7 v 1.5 as specified in RFC 2315.
The options are as follows:
 
 
-in file
The input file to read from, or standard input if not specified.
 
 
-inform der | pem
The input format.
 
 
-noout
Don't output the encoded version of the PKCS#7 structure (or certificates if -print_certs is set).
 
 
-out file
The output to write to, or standard output if not specified.
 
 
-outform der | pem
The output format.
 
 
-print_certs
Print any certificates or CRLs contained in the file, preceded by their subject and issuer names in a one-line format.
 
 
-text
Print certificate details in full rather than just subject and issuer names.

PKCS8

openssl pkcs8 [-embed] [-in file] [-inform der | pem] [-nocrypt] [-noiter] [-nooct] [-nsdb] [-out file] [-outform der | pem] [-passin arg] [-passout arg] [-topk8] [-v1 alg] [-v2 alg]
The pkcs8 command processes private keys (both encrypted and unencrypted) in PKCS#8 format with a variety of PKCS#5 (v1.5 and v2.0) and PKCS#12 algorithms. The default encryption is only 56 bits; keys encrypted using PKCS#5 v2.0 algorithms and high iteration counts are more secure.
The options are as follows:
 
 
-embed
Generate DSA keys in a broken format. The DSA parameters are embedded inside the PrivateKey structure. In this form the OCTET STRING contains an ASN.1 SEQUENCE consisting of two structures: a SEQUENCE containing the parameters and an ASN.1 INTEGER containing the private key.
 
 
-in file
The input file to read from, or standard input if not specified. If the key is encrypted, a pass phrase will be prompted for.
 
 
-inform der | pem
The input format.
 
 
-nocrypt
Generate an unencrypted PrivateKeyInfo structure. This option does not encrypt private keys at all and should only be used when absolutely necessary.
 
 
-noiter
Use an iteration count of 1. See the PKCS12 section below for a detailed explanation of this option.
 
 
-nooct
Generate RSA private keys in a broken format that some software uses. Specifically the private key should be enclosed in an OCTET STRING, but some software just includes the structure itself without the surrounding OCTET STRING.
 
 
-nsdb
Generate DSA keys in a broken format compatible with Netscape private key databases. The PrivateKey contains a SEQUENCE consisting of the public and private keys, respectively.
 
 
-out file
The output file to write to, or standard output if none is specified. If any encryption options are set, a pass phrase will be prompted for.
 
 
-outform der | pem
The output format.
 
 
-passin arg
The key password source.
 
 
-passout arg
The output file password source.
 
 
-topk8
Read a traditional format private key and write a PKCS#8 format key.
 
 
-v1 alg
Specify a PKCS#5 v1.5 or PKCS#12 algorithm to use.
PBE-MD5-DES
56-bit DES.
PBE-SHA1-RC2-64 | PBE-MD5-RC2-64 | PBE-SHA1-DES
64-bit RC2 or 56-bit DES.
PBE-SHA1-RC4-128 | PBE-SHA1-RC4-40 | PBE-SHA1-3DES
 
PBE-SHA1-2DES | PBE-SHA1-RC2-128 | PBE-SHA1-RC2-40
PKCS#12 password-based encryption algorithm, which allow strong encryption algorithms like triple DES or 128-bit RC2.
 
 
-v2 alg
Use PKCS#5 v2.0 algorithms. Supports algorithms such as 168-bit triple DES or 128-bit RC2, however not many implementations support PKCS#5 v2.0 yet (if using private keys with openssl this doesn't matter).
alg is the encryption algorithm to use; valid values include des, des3, and rc2. It is recommended that des3 is used.

PKCS12

openssl pkcs12 [-aes128 | -aes192 | -aes256 | -des | -des3] [-cacerts] [-CAfile file] [-caname name] [-CApath directory] [-certfile file] [-certpbe alg] [-chain] [-clcerts] [-CSP name] [-descert] [-export] [-in file] [-info] [-inkey file] [-keyex] [-keypbe alg] [-keysig] [-macalg alg] [-maciter] [-name name] [-nocerts] [-nodes] [-noiter] [-nokeys] [-nomac] [-nomaciter] [-nomacver] [-noout] [-out file] [-passin arg] [-passout arg] [-twopass]
The pkcs12 command allows PKCS#12 files (sometimes referred to as PFX files) to be created and parsed. By default, a PKCS#12 file is parsed; a PKCS#12 file can be created by using the -export option.
The options for parsing a PKCS12 file are as follows:
 
 
-aes128 | -aes192 | -aes256 | -des | -des3
Encrypt private keys using AES, DES, or triple DES, respectively. The default is triple DES.
 
 
-cacerts
Only output CA certificates (not client certificates).
 
 
-clcerts
Only output client certificates (not CA certificates).
 
 
-in file
The input file to read from, or standard input if not specified.
 
 
-info
Output additional information about the PKCS#12 file structure, algorithms used, and iteration counts.
 
 
-nocerts
Do not output certificates.
 
 
-nodes
Do not encrypt private keys.
 
 
-nokeys
Do not output private keys.
 
 
-nomacver
Do not attempt to verify the integrity MAC before reading the file.
 
 
-noout
Do not output the keys and certificates to the output file version of the PKCS#12 file.
 
 
-out file
The output file to write to, or standard output if not specified.
 
 
-passin arg
The key password source.
 
 
-passout arg
The output file password source.
 
 
-twopass
Prompt for separate integrity and encryption passwords: most software always assumes these are the same so this option will render such PKCS#12 files unreadable.
The options for PKCS12 file creation are as follows:
 
 
-CAfile file
CA storage as a file.
 
 
-CApath directory
CA storage as a directory. The directory must be a standard certificate directory: that is, a hash of each subject name (using x509 -hash) should be linked to each certificate.
 
 
-caname name
Specify the “friendly name” for other certificates. May be used multiple times to specify names for all certificates in the order they appear.
 
 
-certfile file
A file to read additional certificates from.
 
 
-certpbe alg, -keypbe alg
Specify the algorithm used to encrypt the private key and certificates to be selected. Any PKCS#5 v1.5 or PKCS#12 PBE algorithm name can be used. If a cipher name (as output by the list-cipher-algorithms command) is specified then it is used with PKCS#5 v2.0. For interoperability reasons it is advisable to only use PKCS#12 algorithms.
 
 
-chain
Include the entire certificate chain of the user certificate. The standard CA store is used for this search. If the search fails, it is considered a fatal error.
 
 
-CSP name
Write name as a Microsoft CSP name.
 
 
-descert
Encrypt the certificate using triple DES; this may render the PKCS#12 file unreadable by some “export grade” software. By default, the private key is encrypted using triple DES and the certificate using 40-bit RC2.
 
 
-export
Create a PKCS#12 file (rather than parsing one).
 
 
-in file
The input file to read from, or standard input if not specified. The order doesn't matter but one private key and its corresponding certificate should be present. If additional certificates are present, they will also be included in the PKCS#12 file.
 
 
-inkey file
File to read a private key from. If not present, a private key must be present in the input file.
 
 
-keyex | -keysig
Specify whether the private key is to be used for key exchange or just signing. Normally, “export grade” software will only allow 512-bit RSA keys to be used for encryption purposes, but arbitrary length keys for signing. The -keysig option marks the key for signing only. Signing only keys can be used for S/MIME signing, authenticode (ActiveX control signing) and SSL client authentication.
 
 
-macalg alg
Specify the MAC digest algorithm. The default is SHA1.
 
 
-maciter
Included for compatibility only: it used to be needed to use MAC iterations counts but they are now used by default.
 
 
-name name
Specify the “friendly name” for the certificate and private key. This name is typically displayed in list boxes by software importing the file.
 
 
-nomac
Don't attempt to provide the MAC integrity.
 
 
-nomaciter, -noiter
Affect the iteration counts on the MAC and key algorithms.
To discourage attacks by using large dictionaries of common passwords, the algorithm that derives keys from passwords can have an iteration count applied to it: this causes a certain part of the algorithm to be repeated and slows it down. The MAC is used to check the file integrity but since it will normally have the same password as the keys and certificates it could also be attacked. By default, both MAC and encryption iteration counts are set to 2048; using these options the MAC and encryption iteration counts can be set to 1. Since this reduces the file security you should not use these options unless you really have to. Most software supports both MAC and key iteration counts.
 
 
-out file
The output file to write to, or standard output if not specified.
 
 
-passin arg
The key password source.
 
 
-passout arg
The output file password source.

PKEY

openssl pkey [cipher] [-in file] [-inform der | pem] [-noout] [-out file] [-outform der | pem] [-passin arg] [-passout arg] [-pubin] [-pubout] [-text] [-text_pub]
The pkey command processes public or private keys. They can be converted between various forms and their components printed out.
The options are as follows:
 
 
cipher
Encrypt the private key with the specified cipher. Any algorithm name accepted by EVP_get_cipherbyname(3) is acceptable, such as des3.
 
 
-in file
The input file to read from, or standard input if not specified. If the key is encrypted a pass phrase will be prompted for.
 
 
-inform der | pem
The input format.
 
 
-noout
Do not output the encoded version of the key.
 
 
-out file
The output file to write to, or standard output if not specified. If any encryption options are set then a pass phrase will be prompted for.
 
 
-outform der | pem
The output format.
 
 
-passin arg
The key password source.
 
 
-passout arg
The output file password source.
 
 
-pubin
Read in a public key, not a private key.
 
 
-pubout
Output a public key, not a private key. Automatically set if the input is a public key.
 
 
-text
Print the public/private key in plain text.
 
 
-text_pub
Print out only public key components even if a private key is being processed.

PKEYPARAM

openssl pkeyparam [-in file] [-noout] [-out file] [-text]
The pkeyparam command processes public or private keys. The key type is determined by the PEM headers.
The options are as follows:
 
 
-in file
The input file to read from, or standard input if not specified.
 
 
-noout
Do not output the encoded version of the parameters.
 
 
-out file
The output file to write to, or standard output if not specified.
 
 
-text
Print the parameters in plain text.

PKEYUTL

openssl pkeyutl [-asn1parse] [-certin] [-decrypt] [-derive] [-encrypt] [-hexdump] [-in file] [-inkey file] [-keyform der | pem] [-out file] [-passin arg] [-peerform der | pem] [-peerkey file] [-pkeyopt opt:value] [-pubin] [-rev] [-sigfile file] [-sign] [-verify] [-verifyrecover]
The pkeyutl command can be used to perform public key operations using any supported algorithm.
The options are as follows:
 
 
-asn1parse
ASN.1 parse the output data. This is useful when combined with the -verifyrecover option when an ASN.1 structure is signed.
 
 
-certin
The input is a certificate containing a public key.
 
 
-decrypt
Decrypt the input data using a private key.
 
 
-derive
Derive a shared secret using the peer key.
 
 
-encrypt
Encrypt the input data using a public key.
 
 
-hexdump
Hex dump the output data.
 
 
-in file
The input file to read from, or standard input if not specified.
 
 
-inkey file
The input key file. By default it should be a private key.
 
 
-keyform der | pem
The key format.
 
 
-out file
The output file to write to, or standard output if not specified.
 
 
-passin arg
The key password source.
 
 
-peerform der | pem
The peer key format.
 
 
-peerkey file
The peer key file, used by key derivation (agreement) operations.
 
 
-pkeyopt opt:value
Set the public key algorithm option opt to value. Unless otherwise mentioned, all algorithms support the format digest:alg, which specifies the digest to use for sign, verify, and verifyrecover operations. The value alg should represent a digest name as used in the EVP_get_digestbyname(3) function.
The RSA algorithm supports the encrypt, decrypt, sign, verify, and verifyrecover operations in general. Some padding modes only support some of these operations however.
 
 
rsa_padding_mode:mode
This sets the RSA padding mode. Acceptable values for mode are pkcs1 for PKCS#1 padding; none for no padding; oaep for OAEP mode; x931 for X9.31 mode; and pss for PSS.
In PKCS#1 padding if the message digest is not set then the supplied data is signed or verified directly instead of using a DigestInfo structure. If a digest is set then a DigestInfo structure is used and its length must correspond to the digest type. For oeap mode only encryption and decryption is supported. For x931 if the digest type is set it is used to format the block data; otherwise the first byte is used to specify the X9.31 digest ID. Sign, verify, and verifyrecover can be performed in this mode. For pss mode only sign and verify are supported and the digest type must be specified.
 
 
rsa_pss_saltlen:len
For pss mode only this option specifies the salt length. Two special values are supported: -1 sets the salt length to the digest length. When signing -2 sets the salt length to the maximum permissible value. When verifying -2 causes the salt length to be automatically determined based on the PSS block structure.
The DSA algorithm supports the sign and verify operations. Currently there are no additional options other than digest. Only the SHA1 digest can be used and this digest is assumed by default.
The DH algorithm supports the derive operation and no additional options.
The EC algorithm supports the sign, verify, and derive operations. The sign and verify operations use ECDSA and derive uses ECDH. Currently there are no additional options other than digest. Only the SHA1 digest can be used and this digest is assumed by default.
 
 
-pubin
The input file is a public key.
 
 
-rev
Reverse the order of the input buffer.
 
 
-sigfile file
Signature file (verify operation only).
 
 
-sign
Sign the input data and output the signed result. This requires a private key.
 
 
-verify
Verify the input data against the signature file and indicate if the verification succeeded or failed.
 
 
-verifyrecover
Verify the input data and output the recovered data.

PRIME

openssl prime [-bits n] [-checks n] [-generate] [-hex] [-safe] p
The prime command is used to generate prime numbers, or to check numbers for primality. Results are probabilistic: they have an exceedingly high likelihood of being correct, but are not guaranteed.
The options are as follows:
 
 
-bits n
Specify the number of bits in the generated prime number. Must be used in conjunction with -generate.
 
 
-checks n
Perform a Miller-Rabin probabilistic primality test with n iterations. The default is 20.
 
 
-generate
Generate a pseudo-random prime number. Must be used in conjunction with -bits.
 
 
-hex
Output in hex format.
 
 
-safe
Generate only “safe” prime numbers (i.e. a prime p so that (p-1)/2 is also prime).
 
 
p
Test if number p is prime.

RAND

openssl rand [-base64] [-hex] [-out file] num
The rand command outputs num pseudo-random bytes.
The options are as follows:
 
 
-base64
Perform base64 encoding on the output.
 
 
-hex
Specify hexadecimal output.
 
 
-out file
The output file to write to, or standard output if not specified.

REQ

openssl req [-asn1-kludge] [-batch] [-config file] [-days n] [-extensions section] [-in file] [-inform der | pem] [-key keyfile] [-keyform der | pem] [-keyout file] [-md4 | -md5 | -sha1] [-modulus] [-nameopt option] [-new] [-newhdr] [-newkey arg] [-no-asn1-kludge] [-nodes] [-noout] [-out file] [-outform der | pem] [-passin arg] [-passout arg] [-pubkey] [-reqexts section] [-reqopt option] [-set_serial n] [-subj arg] [-subject] [-text] [-utf8] [-verbose] [-verify] [-x509]
The req command primarily creates and processes certificate requests in PKCS#10 format. It can additionally create self-signed certificates, for use as root CAs, for example.
The options are as follows:
 
 
-asn1-kludge
Produce requests in an invalid format for certain picky CAs. Very few CAs still require the use of this option.
 
 
-batch
Non-interactive mode.
 
 
-config file
Specify an alternative configuration file.
 
 
-days n
Specify the number of days to certify the certificate for. The default is 30 days. Used with the -x509 option.
 
 
-extensions section, -reqexts section
Specify alternative sections to include certificate extensions (with -x509) or certificate request extensions, allowing several different sections to be used in the same configuration file.
 
 
-in file
The input file to read a request from, or standard input if not specified. A request is only read if the creation options -new and -newkey are not specified.
 
 
-inform der | pem
The input format.
 
 
-key keyfile
The file to read the private key from. It also accepts PKCS#8 format private keys for PEM format files.
 
 
-keyform der | pem
The format of the private key file specified in the -key argument. The default is pem.
 
 
-keyout file
The file to write the newly created private key to. If this option is not specified, the filename present in the configuration file is used.
 
 
-md5 | -sha1 | -sha256
The message digest to sign the request with. This overrides the digest algorithm specified in the configuration file.
Some public key algorithms may override this choice. For instance, DSA signatures always use SHA1.
 
 
-modulus
Print the value of the modulus of the public key contained in the request.
 
 
-nameopt option, -reqopt option
Determine how the subject or issuer names are displayed. option can be a single option or multiple options separated by commas. Alternatively, these options may be used more than once to set multiple options. See the X509 section below for details.
 
 
-new
Generate a new certificate request. The user is prompted for the relevant field values. The actual fields prompted for and their maximum and minimum sizes are specified in the configuration file and any requested extensions.
If the -key option is not used, it will generate a new RSA private key using information specified in the configuration file.
 
 
-newhdr
Add the word NEW to the PEM file header and footer lines on the outputed request. Some software and CAs need this.
 
 
-newkey arg
Create a new certificate request and a new private key. The argument takes one of several forms.
rsa:nbits generates an RSA key nbits in size. If nbits is omitted the default key size is used.
dsa:file generates a DSA key using the parameters in file.
param:file generates a key using the parameters or certificate in file.
All other algorithms support the form algorithm:file, where file may be an algorithm parameter file, created by the genpkey -genparam command or an X.509 certificate for a key with appropriate algorithm. file can be omitted, in which case any parameters can be specified via the -pkeyopt option.
 
 
-no-asn1-kludge
Reverse the effect of -asn1-kludge.
 
 
-nodes
Do not encrypt the private key.
 
 
-noout
Do not output the encoded version of the request.
 
 
-out file
The output file to write to, or standard output if not spceified.
 
 
-outform der | pem
The output format.
 
 
-passin arg
The key password source.
 
 
-passout arg
The output file password source.
 
 
-pubkey
Output the public key.
 
 
-reqopt option
Customise the output format used with -text. The option argument can be a single option or multiple options separated by commas. See also the discussion of -certopt in the x509 command.
 
 
-set_serial n
Serial number to use when outputting a self-signed certificate. This may be specified as a decimal value or a hex value if preceded by ‘0x’. It is possible to use negative serial numbers but this is not recommended.
 
 
-subj arg
Replaces the subject field of an input request with the specified data and output the modified request. arg must be formatted as /type0=value0/type1=value1/type2=...; characters may be escaped by ‘\’ (backslash); no spaces are skipped.
 
 
-subject
Print the request subject (or certificate subject if -x509 is specified).
 
 
-text
Print the certificate request in plain text.
 
 
-utf8
Interpret field values as UTF8 strings, not ASCII.
 
 
-verbose
Print extra details about the operations being performed.
 
 
-verify
Verify the signature on the request.
 
 
-x509
Output a self-signed certificate instead of a certificate request. This is typically used to generate a test certificate or a self-signed root CA. The extensions added to the certificate (if any) are specified in the configuration file. Unless specified using the -set_serial option, 0 is used for the serial number.
The configuration options are specified in the “req” section of the configuration file. The options available are as follows:
 
 
attributes
The section containing any request attributes: its format is the same as distinguished_name. Typically these may contain the challengePassword or unstructuredName types. They are currently ignored by the openssl request signing utilities, but some CAs might want them.
 
 
default_bits
The default key size, in bits. The default is 2048. It is used if the -new option is used and can be overridden by using the -newkey option.
 
 
default_keyfile
The default file to write a private key to, or standard output if not specified. It can be overridden by the -keyout option.
 
 
default_md
The digest algorithm to use. Possible values include md5, sha1 and sha256 (the default). It can be overridden on the command line.
 
 
distinguished_name
The section containing the distinguished name fields to prompt for when generating a certificate or certificate request. The format is described below.
 
 
encrypt_key
If set to “no” and a private key is generated, it is not encrypted. It is equivalent to the -nodes option. For compatibility, encrypt_rsa_key is an equivalent option.
 
 
input_password | output_password
The passwords for the input private key file (if present) and the output private key file (if one will be created). The command line options -passin and -passout override the configuration file values.
 
 
oid_file
A file containing additional OBJECT IDENTIFIERS. Each line of the file should consist of the numerical form of the object identifier, followed by whitespace, then the short name followed by whitespace and finally the long name.
 
 
oid_section
Specify a section in the configuration file containing extra object identifiers. Each line should consist of the short name of the object identifier followed by ‘=’ and the numerical form. The short and long names are the same when this option is used.
 
 
prompt
If set to “no”, it disables prompting of certificate fields and just takes values from the config file directly. It also changes the expected format of the distinguished_name and attributes sections.
 
 
req_extensions
The configuration file section containing a list of extensions to add to the certificate request. It can be overridden by the -reqexts option.
 
 
string_mask
Limit the string types for encoding certain fields. The following values may be used, limiting strings to the indicated types:
 
 
utf8only
UTF8String. This is the default, as recommended by PKIX in RFC 2459.
 
 
default
PrintableString, IA5String, T61String, BMPString, UTF8String.
 
 
pkix
PrintableString, IA5String, BMPString, UTF8String. Inspired by the PKIX recommendation in RFC 2459 for certificates generated before 2004, but differs by also permitting IA5String.
 
 
nombstr
PrintableString, IA5String, T61String, UniversalString. A workaround for some ancient software that had problems with the variable-sized BMPString and UTF8String types.
 
 
MASK:number
An explicit bitmask of permitted types, where number is a C-style hex, decimal, or octal number that's a bit-wise OR of B_ASN1_* values from <openssl/asn1.h>.
 
 
utf8
If set to “yes”, field values are interpreted as UTF8 strings.
 
 
x509_extensions
The configuration file section containing a list of extensions to add to a certificate generated when the -x509 switch is used. It can be overridden by the -extensions command line switch.
There are two separate formats for the distinguished name and attribute sections. If the -prompt option is set to “no”, then these sections just consist of field names and values. If the -prompt option is absent or not set to “no”, then the file contains field prompting information of the form:
fieldName="prompt" 
fieldName_default="default field value" 
fieldName_min= 2 
fieldName_max= 4
“fieldName” is the field name being used, for example commonName (or CN). The “prompt” string is used to ask the user to enter the relevant details. If the user enters nothing, the default value is used; if no default value is present, the field is omitted. A field can still be omitted if a default value is present, if the user just enters the ‘.’ character.
The number of characters entered must be between the fieldName_min and fieldName_max limits: there may be additional restrictions based on the field being used (for example countryName can only ever be two characters long and must fit in a PrintableString).
Some fields (such as organizationName) can be used more than once in a DN. This presents a problem because configuration files will not recognize the same name occurring twice. To avoid this problem, if the fieldName contains some characters followed by a full stop, they will be ignored. So, for example, a second organizationName can be input by calling it “1.organizationName”.
The actual permitted field names are any object identifier short or long names. These are compiled into openssl and include the usual values such as commonName, countryName, localityName, organizationName, organizationUnitName, stateOrProvinceName. Additionally, emailAddress is included as well as name, surname, givenName, initials and dnQualifier.
Additional object identifiers can be defined with the oid_file or oid_section options in the configuration file. Any additional fields will be treated as though they were a DirectoryString.

RSA

openssl rsa [-aes128 | -aes192 | -aes256 | -des | -des3] [-check] [-in file] [-inform der | net | pem] [-modulus] [-noout] [-out file] [-outform der | net | pem] [-passin arg] [-passout arg] [-pubin] [-pubout] [-sgckey] [-text]
The rsa command processes RSA keys. They can be converted between various forms and their components printed out. rsa uses the traditional SSLeay compatible format for private key encryption: newer applications should use the more secure PKCS#8 format using the pkcs8 utility.
The options are as follows:
 
 
-aes128 | -aes192 | -aes256 | -des | -des3
Encrypt the private key with the AES, DES, or the triple DES ciphers, respectively, before outputting it. A pass phrase is prompted for. If none of these options are specified, the key is written in plain text. This means that using the rsa utility to read in an encrypted key with no encryption option can be used to remove the pass phrase from a key, or by setting the encryption options it can be used to add or change the pass phrase. These options can only be used with PEM format output files.
 
 
-check
Check the consistency of an RSA private key.
 
 
-in file
The input file to read from, or standard input if not specified. If the key is encrypted, a pass phrase will be prompted for.
 
 
-inform der | net | pem
The input format.
 
 
-noout
Do not output the encoded version of the key.
 
 
-modulus
Print the value of the modulus of the key.
 
 
-out file
The output file to write to, or standard output if not specified.
 
 
-outform der | net | pem
The output format.
 
 
-passin arg
The key password source.
 
 
-passout arg
The output file password source.
 
 
-pubin
Read in a public key, not a private key.
 
 
-pubout
Output a public key, not a private key. Automatically set if the input is a public key.
 
 
-sgckey
Use the modified NET algorithm used with some versions of Microsoft IIS and SGC keys.
 
 
-text
Print the public/private key components in plain text.

RSAUTL

openssl rsautl [-asn1parse] [-certin] [-decrypt] [-encrypt] [-hexdump] [-in file] [-inkey file] [-keyform der | pem] [-oaep | -pkcs | -raw | -ssl] [-out file] [-pubin] [-sign] [-verify]
The rsautl command can be used to sign, verify, encrypt and decrypt data using the RSA algorithm.
The options are as follows:
 
 
-asn1parse
Asn1parse the output data; this is useful when combined with the -verify option.
 
 
-certin
The input is a certificate containing an RSA public key.
 
 
-decrypt
Decrypt the input data using an RSA private key.
 
 
-encrypt
Encrypt the input data using an RSA public key.
 
 
-hexdump
Hex dump the output data.
 
 
-in file
The input to read from, or standard input if not specified.
 
 
-inkey file
The input key file; by default an RSA private key.
 
 
-keyform der | pem
The private key format. The default is pem.
 
 
-oaep | -pkcs | -raw | -ssl
The padding to use: PKCS#1 OAEP, PKCS#1 v1.5 (the default), or no padding, respectively. For signatures, only -pkcs and -raw can be used.
 
 
-out file
The output file to write to, or standard output if not specified.
 
 
-pubin
The input file is an RSA public key.
 
 
-sign
Sign the input data and output the signed result. This requires an RSA private key.
 
 
-verify
Verify the input data and output the recovered data.

S_CLIENT

openssl s_client [-4 | -6] [-bugs] [-CAfile file] [-CApath directory] [-cert file] [-check_ss_sig] [-cipher cipherlist] [-connect host[:port]] [-crl_check] [-crl_check_all] [-crlf] [-debug] [-extended_crl] [-ign_eof] [-ignore_critical] [-issuer_checks] [-key keyfile] [-msg] [-nbio] [-nbio_test] [-no_ticket] [-no_tls1] [-no_tls1_1] [-no_tls1_2] [-pause] [-policy_check] [-prexit] [-proxy host:port] [-psk key] [-psk_identity identity] [-quiet] [-reconnect] [-servername name] [-showcerts] [-starttls protocol] [-state] [-tls1] [-tls1_1] [-tls1_2] [-tlsextdebug] [-verify depth] [-x509_strict] [-xmpphost host]
The s_client command implements a generic SSL/TLS client which connects to a remote host using SSL/TLS.
If a connection is established with an SSL server, any data received from the server is displayed and any key presses will be sent to the server. When used interactively (which means neither -quiet nor -ign_eof have been given), the session will be renegotiated if the line begins with an R; if the line begins with a Q or if end of file is reached, the connection will be closed down.
The options are as follows:
 
 
-4
Attempt connections using IPv4 only.
 
 
-6
Attempt connections using IPv6 only.
 
 
-bugs
Enable various workarounds for buggy implementations.
 
 
-CAfile file
A file containing trusted certificates to use during server authentication and to use when attempting to build the client certificate chain.
 
 
-CApath directory
The directory to use for server certificate verification. This directory must be in “hash format”; see -verify for more information. These are also used when building the client certificate chain.
 
 
-cert file
The certificate to use, if one is requested by the server. The default is not to use a certificate.
 
 
-check_ss_sig, -crl_check, -crl_check_all, -extended_crl, -ignore_critical, -issuer_checks, -policy_check, -x509_strict
Set various certificate chain validation options. See the verify command for details.
 
 
-cipher cipherlist
Modify the cipher list sent by the client. Although the server determines which cipher suite is used, it should take the first supported cipher in the list sent by the client. See the ciphers command for more information.
 
 
-connect host[:port]
The host and port to connect to. If not specified, an attempt is made to connect to the local host on port 4433. Alternatively, the host and port pair may be separated using a forward-slash character, which is useful for numeric IPv6 addresses.
 
 
-crlf
Translate a line feed from the terminal into CR+LF, as required by some servers.
 
 
-debug
Print extensive debugging information, including a hex dump of all traffic.
 
 
-ign_eof
Inhibit shutting down the connection when end of file is reached in the input.
 
 
-key keyfile
The private key to use. If not specified, the certificate file will be used.
 
 
-msg
Show all protocol messages with hex dump.
 
 
-nbio
Turn on non-blocking I/O.
 
 
-nbio_test
Test non-blocking I/O.
 
 
-no_tls1 | -no_tls1_1 | -no_tls1_2
Disable the use of TLS1.0, 1.1, and 1.2, respectively.
 
 
-no_ticket
Disable RFC 4507 session ticket support.
 
 
-pause
Pause 1 second between each read and write call.
 
 
-prexit
Print session information when the program exits. This will always attempt to print out information even if the connection fails. Normally, information will only be printed out once if the connection succeeds. This option is useful because the cipher in use may be renegotiated or the connection may fail because a client certificate is required or is requested only after an attempt is made to access a certain URL. Note that the output produced by this option is not always accurate because a connection might never have been established.
 
 
-proxy host:port
Use the HTTP proxy at host and port. The connection to the proxy is done in cleartext and the -connect argument is given to the proxy. If not specified, localhost is used as final destination. After that, switch the connection through the proxy to the destination to TLS.
 
 
-psk key
Use the PSK key key when using a PSK cipher suite. The key is given as a hexadecimal number without the leading 0x, for example -psk 1a2b3c4d.
 
 
-psk_identity identity
Use the PSK identity when using a PSK cipher suite.
 
 
-quiet
Inhibit printing of session and certificate information. This implicitly turns on -ign_eof as well.
 
 
-reconnect
Reconnect to the same server 5 times using the same session ID; this can be used as a test that session caching is working.
 
 
-servername name
Include the TLS Server Name Indication (SNI) extension in the ClientHello message, using the specified server name.
 
 
-showcerts
Display the whole server certificate chain: normally only the server certificate itself is displayed.
 
 
-starttls protocol
Send the protocol-specific messages to switch to TLS for communication. protocol is a keyword for the intended protocol. Currently, the supported keywords are “ftp”, “imap”, “smtp”, “pop3”, and “xmpp”.
 
 
-state
Print the SSL session states.
 
 
-tls1 | -tls1_1 | -tls1_2
Permit only TLS1.0, 1.1, or 1.2, respectively.
 
 
-tlsextdebug
Print a hex dump of any TLS extensions received from the server.
 
 
-verify depth
Turn on server certificate verification, with a maximum length of depth. Currently the verify operation continues after errors so all the problems with a certificate chain can be seen. As a side effect the connection will never fail due to a server certificate verify failure.
 
 
-xmpphost hostname
When used with -starttls xmpp, specify the host for the "to" attribute of the stream element. If this option is not specified then the host specified with -connect will be used.

S_SERVER

openssl s_server [-accept port] [-bugs] [-CAfile file] [-CApath directory] [-cert file] [-cipher cipherlist] [-context id] [-crl_check] [-crl_check_all] [-crlf] [-dcert file] [-debug] [-dhparam file] [-dkey file] [-hack] [-HTTP] [-id_prefix arg] [-key keyfile] [-msg] [-nbio] [-nbio_test] [-no_dhe] [-no_tls1] [-no_tls1_1] [-no_tls1_2] [-no_tmp_rsa] [-nocert] [-psk key] [-psk_hint hint] [-quiet] [-serverpref] [-state] [-tls1] [-tls1_1] [-tls1_2] [-Verify depth] [-verify depth] [-WWW] [-www]
The s_server command implements a generic SSL/TLS server which listens for connections on a given port using SSL/TLS.
If a connection request is established with a client and neither the -www nor the -WWW option has been used, then any data received from the client is displayed and any key presses are sent to the client. Certain single letter commands perform special operations:
P
Send plain text, which should cause the client to disconnect.
Q
End the current SSL connection and exit.
q
End the current SSL connection, but still accept new connections.
R
Renegotiate the SSL session and request a client certificate.
r
Renegotiate the SSL session.
S
Print out some session cache status information.
The options are as follows:
 
 
-accept port
Listen on TCP port for connections. The default is port 4433.
 
 
-bugs
Enable various workarounds for buggy implementations.
 
 
-CAfile file
A file containing trusted certificates to use during client authentication and to use when attempting to build the server certificate chain. The list is also used in the list of acceptable client CAs passed to the client when a certificate is requested.
 
 
-CApath directory
The directory to use for client certificate verification. This directory must be in “hash format”; see -verify for more information. These are also used when building the server certificate chain.
 
 
-cert file
The certificate to use: most server's cipher suites require the use of a certificate and some require a certificate with a certain public key type. For example, the DSS cipher suites require a certificate containing a DSS (DSA) key. If not specified, the file server.pem will be used.
 
 
-cipher cipherlist
Modify the cipher list used by the server. This allows the cipher list used by the server to be modified. When the client sends a list of supported ciphers, the first client cipher also included in the server list is used. Because the client specifies the preference order, the order of the server cipherlist is irrelevant. See the ciphers command for more information.
 
 
-context id
Set the SSL context ID. It can be given any string value.
 
 
-crl_check, -crl_check_all
Check the peer certificate has not been revoked by its CA. The CRLs are appended to the certificate file. -crl_check_all checks all CRLs of all CAs in the chain.
 
 
-crlf
Translate a line feed from the terminal into CR+LF.
 
 
-dcert file, -dkey file
Specify an additional certificate and private key; these behave in the same manner as the -cert and -key options except there is no default if they are not specified (no additional certificate or key is used). By using RSA and DSS certificates and keys, a server can support clients which only support RSA or DSS cipher suites by using an appropriate certificate.
 
 
-debug
Print extensive debugging information, including a hex dump of all traffic.
 
 
-dhparam file
The DH parameter file to use. The ephemeral DH cipher suites generate keys using a set of DH parameters. If not specified, an attempt is made to load the parameters from the server certificate file. If this fails, a static set of parameters hard coded into the s_server program will be used.
 
 
-hack
Enables a further workaround for some early Netscape SSL code.
 
 
-HTTP
Emulate a simple web server. Pages are resolved relative to the current directory. For example if the URL https://myhost/page.html is requested, the file ./page.html will be loaded. The files loaded are assumed to contain a complete and correct HTTP response (lines that are part of the HTTP response line and headers must end with CRLF).
 
 
-id_prefix arg
Generate SSL/TLS session IDs prefixed by arg. This is mostly useful for testing any SSL/TLS code that wish to deal with multiple servers, when each of which might be generating a unique range of session IDs.
 
 
-key keyfile
The private key to use. If not specified, the certificate file will be used.
 
 
-msg
Show all protocol messages with hex dump.
 
 
-nbio
Turn on non-blocking I/O.
 
 
-nbio_test
Test non-blocking I/O.
 
 
-no_dhe
Disable ephemeral DH cipher suites.
 
 
-no_tls1 | -no_tls1_1 | -no_tls1_2
Disable the use of TLS1.0, 1.1, and 1.2, respectively.
 
 
-no_tmp_rsa
Disable temporary RSA key generation.
 
 
-nocert
Do not use a certificate. This restricts the cipher suites available to the anonymous ones (currently just anonymous DH).
 
 
-psk key
Use the PSK key key when using a PSK cipher suite. The key is given as a hexadecimal number without the leading 0x, for example -psk 1a2b3c4d.
 
 
-psk_hint hint
Use the PSK identity hint hint when using a PSK cipher suite.
 
 
-quiet
Inhibit printing of session and certificate information.
 
 
-serverpref
Use server's cipher preferences.
 
 
-state
Print the SSL session states.
 
 
-tls1 | -tls1_1 | -tls1_2
Permit only TLS1.0, 1.1, or 1.2, respectively.
 
 
-WWW
Emulate a simple web server. Pages are resolved relative to the current directory. For example if the URL https://myhost/page.html is requested, the file ./page.html will be loaded.
 
 
-www
Send a status message to the client when it connects, including information about the ciphers used and various session parameters. The output is in HTML format so this option will normally be used with a web browser.
 
 
-Verify depth, -verify depth
Request a certificate chain from the client, with a maximum length of depth. With -Verify, the client must supply a certificate or an error occurs; with -verify, a certificate is requested but the client does not have to send one.

S_TIME

openssl s_time [-bugs] [-CAfile file] [-CApath directory] [-cert file] [-cipher cipherlist] [-connect host[:port]] [-key keyfile] [-nbio] [-new] [-no_shutdown] [-reuse] [-time seconds] [-verify depth] [-www page]
The s_time command implements a generic SSL/TLS client which connects to a remote host using SSL/TLS. It can request a page from the server and includes the time to transfer the payload data in its timing measurements. It measures the number of connections within a given timeframe, the amount of data transferred (if any), and calculates the average time spent for one connection.
The options are as follows:
 
 
-bugs
Enable various workarounds for buggy implementations.
 
 
-CAfile file
A file containing trusted certificates to use during server authentication and to use when attempting to build the client certificate chain.
 
 
-CApath directory
The directory to use for server certificate verification. This directory must be in “hash format”; see verify for more information. These are also used when building the client certificate chain.
 
 
-cert file
The certificate to use, if one is requested by the server. The default is not to use a certificate.
 
 
-cipher cipherlist
Modify the cipher list sent by the client. Although the server determines which cipher suite is used, it should take the first supported cipher in the list sent by the client. See the ciphers command for more information.
 
 
-connect host[:port]
The host and port to connect to.
 
 
-key keyfile
The private key to use. If not specified, the certificate file will be used.
 
 
-nbio
Turn on non-blocking I/O.
 
 
-new
Perform the timing test using a new session ID for each connection. If neither -new nor -reuse are specified, they are both on by default and executed in sequence.
 
 
-no_shutdown
Shut down the connection without sending a “close notify” shutdown alert to the server.
 
 
-reuse
Perform the timing test using the same session ID for each connection. If neither -new nor -reuse are specified, they are both on by default and executed in sequence.
 
 
-time seconds
Limit s_time benchmarks to the number of seconds. The default is 30 seconds.
 
 
-verify depth
Turn on server certificate verification, with a maximum length of depth. Currently the verify operation continues after errors, so all the problems with a certificate chain can be seen. As a side effect, the connection will never fail due to a server certificate verify failure.
 
 
-www page
The page to GET from the server. A value of ‘/’ gets the index.htm[l] page. If this parameter is not specified, s_time will only perform the handshake to establish SSL connections but not transfer any payload data.

SESS_ID

openssl sess_id [-cert] [-context ID] [-in file] [-inform der | pem] [-noout] [-out file] [-outform der | pem] [-text]
The sess_id program processes the encoded version of the SSL session structure and optionally prints out SSL session details (for example the SSL session master key) in human-readable format.
The options are as follows:
 
 
-cert
If a certificate is present in the session, it will be output using this option; if the -text option is also present, then it will be printed out in text form.
 
 
-context ID
Set the session ID. The ID can be any string of characters.
 
 
-in file
The input file to read from, or standard input if not specified.
 
 
-inform der | pem
The input format. der uses an ASN.1 DER-encoded format containing session details. The precise format can vary from one version to the next. pem is the default format: it consists of the DER format base64-encoded with additional header and footer lines.
 
 
-noout
Do not output the encoded version of the session.
 
 
-out file
The output file to write to, or standard output if not specified.
 
 
-outform der | pem
The output format.
 
 
-text
Print the various public or private key components in plain text, in addition to the encoded version.
The output of sess_id is composed as follows:
Protocol
The protocol in use.
Cipher
The actual raw SSL or TLS cipher code.
Session-ID
The SSL session ID, in hex format.
Session-ID-ctx
The session ID context, in hex format.
Master-Key
The SSL session master key.
Key-Arg
The key argument; this is only used in SSL v2.
Start Time
The session start time. UNIX format.
Timeout
The timeout, in seconds.
Verify return code
The return code when a certificate is verified.
Since the SSL session output contains the master key, it is possible to read the contents of an encrypted session using this information. Therefore appropriate security precautions should be taken if the information is being output by a “real” application. This is, however, strongly discouraged and should only be used for debugging purposes.

SMIME

openssl smime [-aes128 | -aes192 | -aes256 | -des | -des3 | -rc2-40 | -rc2-64 | -rc2-128] [-binary] [-CAfile file] [-CApath directory] [-certfile file] [-check_ss_sig] [-content file] [-crl_check] [-crl_check_all] [-decrypt] [-encrypt] [-extended_crl] [-from addr] [-ignore_critical] [-in file] [-indef] [-inform der | pem | smime] [-inkey file] [-issuer_checks] [-keyform pem] [-md digest] [-noattr] [-nocerts] [-nochain] [-nodetach] [-noindef] [-nointern] [-nosigs] [-noverify] [-out file] [-outform der | pem | smime] [-passin arg] [-pk7out] [-policy_check] [-recip file] [-resign] [-sign] [-signer file] [-stream] [-subject s] [-text] [-to addr] [-verify] [-x509_strict] [cert.pem ...]
The smime command handles S/MIME mail. It can encrypt, decrypt, sign, and verify S/MIME messages.
The MIME message must be sent without any blank lines between the headers and the output. Some mail programs will automatically add a blank line. Piping the mail directly to an MTA is one way to achieve the correct format.
The supplied message to be signed or encrypted must include the necessary MIME headers or many S/MIME clients won't display it properly (if at all). Use the -text option to automatically add plain text headers.
A “signed and encrypted” message is one where a signed message is then encrypted. This can be produced by encrypting an already signed message.
There are a number of operations that can be performed, as follows:
 
 
-decrypt
Decrypt mail using the supplied certificate and private key. The input file is an encrypted mail message in MIME format. The decrypted mail is written to the output file.
 
 
-encrypt
Encrypt mail for the given recipient certificates. The input is the message to be encrypted. The output file is the encrypted mail, in MIME format.
 
 
-pk7out
Take an input message and write out a PEM-encoded PKCS#7 structure.
 
 
-resign
Resign a message: take an existing message and one or more new signers.
 
 
-sign
Sign mail using the supplied certificate and private key. The input file is the message to be signed. The signed message, in MIME format, is written to the output file.
 
 
-verify
Verify signed mail. The input is a signed mail message and the output is the signed data. Both clear text and opaque signing is supported.
The remaining options are as follows:
 
 
-aes128 | -aes192 | -aes256 | -des | -des3 | -rc2-40 | -rc2-64 | -rc2-128
The encryption algorithm to use. 128-, 192-, or 256-bit AES, DES (56 bits), triple DES (168 bits), or 40-, 64-, or 128-bit RC2, respectively; if not specified, 40-bit RC2 is used. Only used with -encrypt.
 
 
-binary
Normally, the input message is converted to “canonical” format which uses CR/LF as end of line, as required by the S/MIME specification. When this option is present no translation occurs. This is useful when handling binary data which may not be in MIME format.
 
 
-CAfile file
A file containing trusted CA certificates; only used with -verify.
 
 
-CApath directory
A directory containing trusted CA certificates; only used with -verify. This directory must be a standard certificate directory: that is, a hash of each subject name (using x509 -hash) should be linked to each certificate.
 
 
cert.pem ...
One or more certificates of message recipients: used when encrypting a message.
 
 
-certfile file
Allows additional certificates to be specified. When signing, these will be included with the message. When verifying, these will be searched for the signers' certificates. The certificates should be in PEM format.
 
 
-check_ss_sig, -crl_check, -crl_check_all, -extended_crl, -ignore_critical, -issuer_checks, -policy_check, -x509_strict
Set various certificate chain validation options. See the verify command for details.
 
 
-content file
A file containing the detached content. This is only useful with the -verify option, and only usable if the PKCS#7 structure is using the detached signature form where the content is not included. This option will override any content if the input format is S/MIME and it uses the multipart/signed MIME content type.
 
 
-from addr, -subject s, -to addr
The relevant mail headers. These are included outside the signed portion of a message so they may be included manually. When signing, many S/MIME mail clients check that the signer's certificate email address matches the From: address.
 
 
-in file
The input file to read from.
 
 
-indef
Enable streaming I/O for encoding operations. This permits single pass processing of data without the need to hold the entire contents in memory, potentially supporting very large files. Streaming is automatically set for S/MIME signing with detached data if the output format is SMIME; it is currently off by default for all other operations.
 
 
-inform der | pem | smime
The input format.
 
 
-inkey file
The private key to use when signing or decrypting, which must match the corresponding certificate. If this option is not specified, the private key must be included in the certificate file specified with the -recip or -signer file. When signing, this option can be used multiple times to specify successive keys.
 
 
-keyform pem
Input private key format.
 
 
-md digest
The digest algorithm to use when signing or resigning. If not present then the default digest algorithm for the signing key is used (usually SHA1).
 
 
-noattr
Do not include attributes.
 
 
-nocerts
Do not include the signer's certificate. This will reduce the size of the signed message but the verifier must have a copy of the signer's certificate available locally (passed using the -certfile option, for example).
 
 
-nochain
Do not do chain verification of signers' certificates: that is, don't use the certificates in the signed message as untrusted CAs.
 
 
-nodetach
When signing a message use opaque signing: this form is more resistant to translation by mail relays but it cannot be read by mail agents that do not support S/MIME. Without this option cleartext signing with the MIME type multipart/signed is used.
 
 
-noindef
Disable streaming I/O where it would produce an encoding of indefinite length (currently has no effect).
 
 
-nointern
Only use certificates specified in the -certfile. The supplied certificates can still be used as untrusted CAs.
 
 
-nosigs
Do not try to verify the signatures on the message.
 
 
-noverify
Do not verify the signer's certificate of a signed message.
 
 
-out file
The output file to write to.
 
 
-outform der | pem | smime
The output format. The default is smime, which writes an S/MIME format message. pem and der change this to write PEM and DER format PKCS#7 structures instead. This currently only affects the output format of the PKCS#7 structure; if no PKCS#7 structure is being output (for example with -verify or -decrypt) this option has no effect.
 
 
-passin arg
The key password source.
 
 
-recip file
The recipients certificate when decrypting a message. This certificate must match one of the recipients of the message or an error occurs.
 
 
-signer file
A signing certificate when signing or resigning a message; this option can be used multiple times if more than one signer is required. If a message is being verified, the signer's certificates will be written to this file if the verification was successful.
 
 
-stream
The same as -indef.
 
 
-text
Add plain text (text/plain) MIME headers to the supplied message if encrypting or signing. If decrypting or verifying, it strips off text headers: if the decrypted or verified message is not of MIME type text/plain then an error occurs.
The exit codes for smime are as follows:
0
The operation was completely successful.
1
An error occurred parsing the command options.
2
One of the input files could not be read.
3
An error occurred creating the file or when reading the message.
4
An error occurred decrypting or verifying the message.
5
An error occurred writing certificates.

SPEED

openssl speed [algorithm] [-decrypt] [-elapsed] [-evp algorithm] [-mr] [-multi number]
The speed command is used to test the performance of cryptographic algorithms.
 
 
algorithm
Perform the test using algorithm. The default is to test all algorithms.
 
 
-decrypt
Time decryption instead of encryption; must be used with -evp.
 
 
-elapsed
Measure time in real time instead of CPU user time.
 
 
-evp algorithm
Perform the test using one of the algorithms accepted by EVP_get_cipherbyname(3).
 
 
-mr
Produce machine readable output.
 
 
-multi number
Run number benchmarks in parallel.

SPKAC

openssl spkac [-challenge string] [-in file] [-key keyfile] [-noout] [-out file] [-passin arg] [-pubkey] [-spkac spkacname] [-spksect section] [-verify]
The spkac command processes signed public key and challenge (SPKAC) files. It can print out their contents, verify the signature, and produce its own SPKACs from a supplied private key.
The options are as follows:
 
 
-challenge string
The challenge string, if an SPKAC is being created.
 
 
-in file
The input file to read from, or standard input if not specified. Ignored if the -key option is used.
 
 
-key keyfile
Create an SPKAC file using the private key in keyfile. The -in, -noout, -spksect, and -verify options are ignored, if present.
 
 
-noout
Do not output the text version of the SPKAC.
 
 
-out file
The output file to write to, or standard output if not specified.
 
 
-passin arg
The key password source.
 
 
-pubkey
Output the public key of an SPKAC.
 
 
-spkac spkacname
An alternative name for the variable containing the SPKAC. The default is "SPKAC". This option affects both generated and input SPKAC files.
 
 
-spksect section
An alternative name for the section containing the SPKAC.
 
 
-verify
Verify the digital signature on the supplied SPKAC.

TS

openssl ts -query [-md4 | -md5 | -ripemd160 | -sha1] [-cert] [-config configfile] [-data file_to_hash] [-digest digest_bytes] [-in request.tsq] [-no_nonce] [-out request.tsq] [-policy object_id] [-text]

openssl ts -reply [-chain certs_file.pem] [-config configfile] [-in response.tsr] [-inkey private.pem] [-out response.tsr] [-passin arg] [-policy object_id] [-queryfile request.tsq] [-section tsa_section] [-signer tsa_cert.pem] [-text] [-token_in] [-token_out]

openssl ts -verify [-CAfile trusted_certs.pem] [-CApath trusted_cert_path] [-data file_to_hash] [-digest digest_bytes] [-in response.tsr] [-queryfile request.tsq] [-token_in] [-untrusted cert_file.pem]
The ts command is a basic Time Stamping Authority (TSA) client and server application as specified in RFC 3161 (Time-Stamp Protocol, TSP). A TSA can be part of a PKI deployment and its role is to provide long term proof of the existence of specific data. Here is a brief description of the protocol:
  1. The TSA client computes a one-way hash value for a data file and sends the hash to the TSA.
  2. The TSA attaches the current date and time to the received hash value, signs them and sends the time stamp token back to the client. By creating this token the TSA certifies the existence of the original data file at the time of response generation.
  3. The TSA client receives the time stamp token and verifies the signature on it. It also checks if the token contains the same hash value that it had sent to the TSA.
There is one DER-encoded protocol data unit defined for transporting a time stamp request to the TSA and one for sending the time stamp response back to the client. The ts command has three main functions: creating a time stamp request based on a data file; creating a time stamp response based on a request; and verifying if a response corresponds to a particular request or a data file.
There is no support for sending the requests/responses automatically over HTTP or TCP yet as suggested in RFC 3161. Users must send the requests either by FTP or email.
The -query switch can be used for creating and printing a time stamp request with the following options:
 
 
-cert
Expect the TSA to include its signing certificate in the response.
 
 
-config configfile
Specify an alternative configuration file. Only the OID section is used.
 
 
-data file_to_hash
The data file for which the time stamp request needs to be created. The default is standard input.
 
 
-digest digest_bytes
Specify the message imprint explicitly without the data file. The imprint must be specified in a hexadecimal format, two characters per byte, the bytes optionally separated by colons. The number of bytes must match the message digest algorithm in use.
 
 
-in request.tsq
A previously created time stamp request in DER format that will be printed into the output file. Useful for examining the content of a request in human-readable format.
 
 
-md4 | -md5 | -ripemd160 | -sha | -sha1
The message digest to apply to the data file. It supports all the message digest algorithms that are supported by the dgst command. The default is SHA-1.
 
 
-no_nonce
Specify no nonce in the request. The default, to include a 64-bit long pseudo-random nonce, is recommended to protect against replay attacks.
 
 
-out request.tsq
The output file to write to, or standard output if not specified.
 
 
-policy object_id
The policy that the client expects the TSA to use for creating the time stamp token. Either dotted OID notation or OID names defined in the config file can be used. If no policy is requested the TSA uses its own default policy.
 
 
-text
Output in human-readable text format instead of DER.
A time stamp response (TimeStampResp) consists of a response status and the time stamp token itself (ContentInfo), if the token generation was successful. The -reply command is for creating a time stamp response or time stamp token based on a request and printing the response/token in human-readable format. If -token_out is not specified the output is always a time stamp response (TimeStampResp), otherwise it is a time stamp token (ContentInfo).
 
 
-chain certs_file.pem
The collection of PEM certificates that will be included in the response in addition to the signer certificate if the -cert option was used for the request. This file is supposed to contain the certificate chain for the signer certificate from its issuer upwards. The -reply command does not build a certificate chain automatically.
 
 
-config configfile
Specify an alternative configuration file.
 
 
-in response.tsr
Specify a previously created time stamp response (or time stamp token, if -token_in is also specified) in DER format that will be written to the output file. This option does not require a request; it is useful, for example, to examine the content of a response or token or to extract the time stamp token from a response. If the input is a token and the output is a time stamp response a default “granted” status info is added to the token.
 
 
-inkey private.pem
The signer private key of the TSA in PEM format. Overrides the signer_key config file option.
 
 
-out response.tsr
The response is written to this file. The format and content of the file depends on other options (see -text and -token_out). The default is stdout.
 
 
-passin arg
The key password source.
 
 
-policy object_id
The default policy to use for the response. Either dotted OID notation or OID names defined in the config file can be used. If no policy is requested the TSA uses its own default policy.
 
 
-queryfile request.tsq
The file containing a DER-encoded time stamp request.
 
 
-section tsa_section
The config file section containing the settings for response generation.
 
 
-signer tsa_cert.pem
The PEM signer certificate of the TSA. The TSA signing certificate must have exactly one extended key usage assigned to it: timeStamping. The extended key usage must also be critical, otherwise the certificate is going to be refused. Overrides the signer_cert variable of the config file.
 
 
-text
Output in human-readable text format instead of DER.
 
 
-token_in
The input is a DER-encoded time stamp token (ContentInfo) instead of a time stamp response (TimeStampResp).
 
 
-token_out
The output is a time stamp token (ContentInfo) instead of a time stamp response (TimeStampResp).
The -verify command is for verifying if a time stamp response or time stamp token is valid and matches a particular time stamp request or data file. The -verify command does not use the configuration file.
 
 
-CAfile trusted_certs.pem
The file containing a set of trusted self-signed PEM CA certificates. See verify for additional details. Either this option or -CApath must be specified.
 
 
-CApath trusted_cert_path
The directory containing the trused CA certificates of the client. See verify for additional details. Either this option or -CAfile must be specified.
 
 
-data file_to_hash
The response or token must be verified against file_to_hash. The file is hashed with the message digest algorithm specified in the token. The -digest and -queryfile options must not be specified with this one.
 
 
-digest digest_bytes
The response or token must be verified against the message digest specified with this option. The number of bytes must match the message digest algorithm specified in the token. The -data and -queryfile options must not be specified with this one.
 
 
-in response.tsr
The time stamp response that needs to be verified, in DER format. This option in mandatory.
 
 
-queryfile request.tsq
The original time stamp request, in DER format. The -data and -digest options must not be specified with this one.
 
 
-token_in
The input is a DER-encoded time stamp token (ContentInfo) instead of a time stamp response (TimeStampResp).
 
 
-untrusted cert_file.pem
Additional untrusted PEM certificates which may be needed when building the certificate chain for the TSA's signing certificate. This file must contain the TSA signing certificate and all intermediate CA certificates unless the response includes them.
Options specified on the command line always override the settings in the config file:
 
 
tsa section, default_tsa
This is the main section and it specifies the name of another section that contains all the options for the -reply option. This section can be overridden with the -section command line switch.
 
 
oid_file
See ca for a description.
 
 
oid_section
See ca for a description.
 
 
serial
The file containing the hexadecimal serial number of the last time stamp response created. This number is incremented by 1 for each response. If the file does not exist at the time of response generation a new file is created with serial number 1. This parameter is mandatory.
 
 
signer_cert
TSA signing certificate, in PEM format. The same as the -signer command line option.
 
 
certs
A set of PEM-encoded certificates that need to be included in the response. The same as the -chain command line option.
 
 
signer_key
The private key of the TSA, in PEM format. The same as the -inkey command line option.
 
 
default_policy
The default policy to use when the request does not mandate any policy. The same as the -policy command line option.
 
 
other_policies
Comma separated list of policies that are also acceptable by the TSA and used only if the request explicitly specifies one of them.
 
 
digests
The list of message digest algorithms that the TSA accepts. At least one algorithm must be specified. This parameter is mandatory.
 
 
accuracy
The accuracy of the time source of the TSA in seconds, milliseconds and microseconds. For example, secs:1, millisecs:500, microsecs:100. If any of the components is missing, zero is assumed for that field.
 
 
clock_precision_digits
The maximum number of digits, which represent the fraction of seconds, that need to be included in the time field. The trailing zeroes must be removed from the time, so there might actually be fewer digits or no fraction of seconds at all. The maximum value is 6; the default is 0.
 
 
ordering
If this option is yes, the responses generated by this TSA can always be ordered, even if the time difference between two responses is less than the sum of their accuracies. The default is no.
 
 
tsa_name
Set this option to yes if the subject name of the TSA must be included in the TSA name field of the response. The default is no.
 
 
ess_cert_id_chain
The SignedData objects created by the TSA always contain the certificate identifier of the signing certificate in a signed attribute (see RFC 2634, Enhanced Security Services). If this option is set to yes and either the certs variable or the -chain option is specified then the certificate identifiers of the chain will also be included in the SigningCertificate signed attribute. If this variable is set to no, only the signing certificate identifier is included. The default is no.

VERIFY

openssl verify [-CAfile file] [-CApath directory] [-check_ss_sig] [-crl_check] [-crl_check_all] [-explicit_policy] [-extended_crl] [-help] [-ignore_critical] [-inhibit_any] [-inhibit_map] [-issuer_checks] [-policy_check] [-purpose purpose] [-untrusted file] [-verbose] [-x509_strict] [certificates]
The verify command verifies certificate chains.
The options are as follows:
 
 
-check_ss_sig
Verify the signature on the self-signed root CA. This is disabled by default because it doesn't add any security.
 
 
-CAfile file
A file of trusted certificates. The file should contain multiple certificates in PEM format, concatenated together.
 
 
-CApath directory
A directory of trusted certificates. The certificates, or symbolic links to them, should have names of the form hash.0, where hash is the hashed certificate subject name (see the -hash option of the x509 utility).
 
 
-crl_check
Check end entity certificate validity by attempting to look up a valid CRL. If a valid CRL cannot be found an error occurs.
 
 
-crl_check_all
Check the validity of all certificates in the chain by attempting to look up valid CRLs.
 
 
-explicit_policy
Set policy variable require-explicit-policy (RFC 3280).
 
 
-extended_crl
Enable extended CRL features such as indirect CRLs and alternate CRL signing keys.
 
 
-help
Print a usage message.
 
 
-ignore_critical
Ignore critical extensions instead of rejecting the certificate.
 
 
-inhibit_any
Set policy variable inhibit-any-policy (RFC 3280).
 
 
-inhibit_map
Set policy variable inhibit-policy-mapping (RFC 3280).
 
 
-issuer_checks
Print diagnostics relating to searches for the issuer certificate of the current certificate showing why each candidate issuer certificate was rejected. The presence of rejection messages does not itself imply that anything is wrong: during the normal verify process several rejections may take place.
 
 
-policy_check
Enable certificate policy processing.
 
 
-purpose purpose
The intended use for the certificate. Without this option no chain verification will be done. Currently accepted uses are sslclient, sslserver, nssslserver, smimesign, smimeencrypt, crlsign, any, and ocsphelper.
 
 
-untrusted file
A file of untrusted certificates. The file should contain multiple certificates.
 
 
-verbose
Print extra information about the operations being performed.
 
 
-x509_strict
Disable workarounds for broken certificates which have to be disabled for strict X.509 compliance.
 
 
certificates
One or more PEM certificates to verify. If no certificate files are included, an attempt is made to read a certificate from standard input. If the first certificate filename begins with a dash, use a lone dash to mark the last option.
The verify program uses the same functions as the internal SSL and S/MIME verification, with one crucial difference: wherever possible an attempt is made to continue after an error, whereas normally the verify operation would halt on the first error. This allows all the problems with a certificate chain to be determined.
The verify operation consists of a number of separate steps. Firstly a certificate chain is built up starting from the supplied certificate and ending in the root CA. It is an error if the whole chain cannot be built up. The chain is built up by looking up the issuer's certificate of the current certificate. If a certificate is found which is its own issuer, it is assumed to be the root CA.
All certificates whose subject name matches the issuer name of the current certificate are subject to further tests. The relevant authority key identifier components of the current certificate (if present) must match the subject key identifier (if present) and issuer and serial number of the candidate issuer; in addition the keyUsage extension of the candidate issuer (if present) must permit certificate signing.
The lookup first looks in the list of untrusted certificates and if no match is found the remaining lookups are from the trusted certificates. The root CA is always looked up in the trusted certificate list: if the certificate to verify is a root certificate, then an exact match must be found in the trusted list.
The second operation is to check every untrusted certificate's extensions for consistency with the supplied purpose. If the -purpose option is not included, then no checks are done. The supplied or “leaf” certificate must have extensions compatible with the supplied purpose and all other certificates must also be valid CA certificates. The precise extensions required are described in more detail in the X509 section below.
The third operation is to check the trust settings on the root CA. The root CA should be trusted for the supplied purpose. A certificate with no trust settings is considered to be valid for all purposes.
The final operation is to check the validity of the certificate chain. The validity period is checked against the current system time and the notBefore and notAfter dates in the certificate. The certificate signatures are also checked at this point.
If all operations complete successfully, the certificate is considered valid. If any operation fails then the certificate is not valid. When a verify operation fails, the output messages can be somewhat cryptic. The general form of the error message is:
server.pem: /C=AU/ST=Queensland/O=CryptSoft Pty Ltd/CN=Test CA (1024-bit) 
error 24 at 1 depth lookup:invalid CA certificate
The first line contains the name of the certificate being verified, followed by the subject name of the certificate. The second line contains the error number and the depth. The depth is the number of the certificate being verified when a problem was detected starting with zero for the certificate being verified itself, then 1 for the CA that signed the certificate and so on. Finally a text version of the error number is presented.
An exhaustive list of the error codes and messages is shown below; this also includes the name of the error code as defined in the header file <openssl/x509_vfy.h>. Some of the error codes are defined but never returned: these are described as “unused”.
 
 
0 X509_V_OK
The operation was successful.
 
 
2 X509_V_ERR_UNABLE_TO_GET_ISSUER_CERT
The issuer certificate of an untrusted certificate could not be found.
 
 
3 X509_V_ERR_UNABLE_TO_GET_CRL
The CRL of a certificate could not be found.
 
 
4 X509_V_ERR_UNABLE_TO_DECRYPT_CERT_SIGNATURE
The certificate signature could not be decrypted. This means that the actual signature value could not be determined rather than it not matching the expected value. This is only meaningful for RSA keys.
 
 
5 X509_V_ERR_UNABLE_TO_DECRYPT_CRL_SIGNATURE
The CRL signature could not be decrypted. This means that the actual signature value could not be determined rather than it not matching the expected value. Unused.
 
 
6 X509_V_ERR_UNABLE_TO_DECODE_ISSUER_PUBLIC_KEY
The public key in the certificate SubjectPublicKeyInfo could not be read.
 
 
7 X509_V_ERR_CERT_SIGNATURE_FAILURE
The signature of the certificate is invalid.
 
 
8 X509_V_ERR_CRL_SIGNATURE_FAILURE
The signature of the certificate is invalid.
 
 
9 X509_V_ERR_CERT_NOT_YET_VALID
The certificate is not yet valid: the notBefore date is after the current time.
 
 
10 X509_V_ERR_CERT_HAS_EXPIRED
The certificate has expired; that is, the notAfter date is before the current time.
 
 
11 X509_V_ERR_CRL_NOT_YET_VALID
The CRL is not yet valid.
 
 
12 X509_V_ERR_CRL_HAS_EXPIRED
The CRL has expired.
 
 
13 X509_V_ERR_ERROR_IN_CERT_NOT_BEFORE_FIELD
The certificate notBefore field contains an invalid time.
 
 
14 X509_V_ERR_ERROR_IN_CERT_NOT_AFTER_FIELD
The certificate notAfter field contains an invalid time.
 
 
15 X509_V_ERR_ERROR_IN_CRL_LAST_UPDATE_FIELD
The CRL lastUpdate field contains an invalid time.
 
 
16 X509_V_ERR_ERROR_IN_CRL_NEXT_UPDATE_FIELD
The CRL nextUpdate field contains an invalid time.
 
 
17 X509_V_ERR_OUT_OF_MEM
An error occurred trying to allocate memory. This should never happen.
 
 
18 X509_V_ERR_DEPTH_ZERO_SELF_SIGNED_CERT
The passed certificate is self-signed and the same certificate cannot be found in the list of trusted certificates.
 
 
19 X509_V_ERR_SELF_SIGNED_CERT_IN_CHAIN
The certificate chain could be built up using the untrusted certificates but the root could not be found locally.
 
 
20 X509_V_ERR_UNABLE_TO_GET_ISSUER_CERT_LOCALLY
The issuer certificate of a locally looked up certificate could not be found. This normally means the list of trusted certificates is not complete.
 
 
21 X509_V_ERR_UNABLE_TO_VERIFY_LEAF_SIGNATURE
No signatures could be verified because the chain contains only one certificate and it is not self-signed.
 
 
22 X509_V_ERR_CERT_CHAIN_TOO_LONG
The certificate chain length is greater than the supplied maximum depth. Unused.
 
 
23 X509_V_ERR_CERT_REVOKED
The certificate has been revoked.
 
 
24 X509_V_ERR_INVALID_CA
A CA certificate is invalid. Either it is not a CA or its extensions are not consistent with the supplied purpose.
 
 
25 X509_V_ERR_PATH_LENGTH_EXCEEDED
The basicConstraints pathlength parameter has been exceeded.
 
 
26 X509_V_ERR_INVALID_PURPOSE
The supplied certificate cannot be used for the specified purpose.
 
 
27 X509_V_ERR_CERT_UNTRUSTED
The root CA is not marked as trusted for the specified purpose.
 
 
28 X509_V_ERR_CERT_REJECTED
The root CA is marked to reject the specified purpose.
 
 
29 X509_V_ERR_SUBJECT_ISSUER_MISMATCH
The current candidate issuer certificate was rejected because its subject name did not match the issuer name of the current certificate. Only displayed when the -issuer_checks option is set.
 
 
30 X509_V_ERR_AKID_SKID_MISMATCH
The current candidate issuer certificate was rejected because its subject key identifier was present and did not match the authority key identifier current certificate. Only displayed when the -issuer_checks option is set.
 
 
31 X509_V_ERR_AKID_ISSUER_SERIAL_MISMATCH
The current candidate issuer certificate was rejected because its issuer name and serial number were present and did not match the authority key identifier of the current certificate. Only displayed when the -issuer_checks option is set.
 
 
32 X509_V_ERR_KEYUSAGE_NO_CERTSIGN
The current candidate issuer certificate was rejected because its keyUsage extension does not permit certificate signing.
 
 
50 X509_V_ERR_APPLICATION_VERIFICATION
An application specific error. Unused.

VERSION

openssl version [-abdfopv]
The version command is used to print out version information about openssl.
The options are as follows:
 
 
-a
All information: this is the same as setting all the other flags.
 
 
-b
The date the current version of openssl was built.
 
 
-d
OPENSSLDIR setting.
 
 
-f
Compilation flags.
 
 
-o
Option information: various options set when the library was built.
 
 
-p
Platform setting.
 
 
-v
The current openssl version.

X509

openssl x509 [-C] [-addreject arg] [-addtrust arg] [-alias] [-CA file] [-CAcreateserial] [-CAform der | pem] [-CAkey file] [-CAkeyform der | pem] [-CAserial file] [-certopt option] [-checkend arg] [-clrext] [-clrreject] [-clrtrust] [-dates] [-days arg] [-email] [-enddate] [-extensions section] [-extfile file] [-fingerprint] [-hash] [-in file] [-inform der | net | pem] [-issuer] [-issuer_hash] [-issuer_hash_old] [-keyform der | pem] [-md5 | -sha1] [-modulus] [-nameopt option] [-noout] [-ocsp_uri] [-ocspid] [-out file] [-outform der | net | pem] [-passin arg] [-pubkey] [-purpose] [-req] [-serial] [-set_serial n] [-setalias arg] [-signkey file] [-startdate] [-subject] [-subject_hash] [-subject_hash_old] [-text] [-trustout] [-x509toreq]
The x509 command is a multi-purpose certificate utility. It can be used to display certificate information, convert certificates to various forms, sign certificate requests like a “mini CA”, or edit certificate trust settings.
The following are x509 input, output, and general purpose options:
 
 
-in file
The input file to read from, or standard input if not specified.
 
 
-inform der | net | pem
The input format. Normally, the command will expect an X.509 certificate, but this can change if other options such as -req are present.
 
 
-md5 | -sha1
The digest to use. This affects any signing or display option that uses a message digest, such as the -fingerprint, -signkey, and -CA options. If not specified, MD5 is used. SHA1 is always used with DSA keys.
 
 
-out file
The output file to write to, or standard output if none is specified.
 
 
-outform der | net | pem
The output format.
 
 
-passin arg
The key password source.
The following are x509 display options:
 
 
-C
Output the certificate in the form of a C source file.
 
 
-certopt option
Customise the output format used with -text, either using a list of comma-separated options or by specifying -certopt multiple times. The default behaviour is to print all fields. The options are as follows:
ca_default
Equivalent to no_issuer, no_pubkey, no_header, no_version, no_sigdump, and no_signame.
compatible
Equivalent to no output options at all.
ext_default
Print unsupported certificate extensions.
ext_dump
Hex dump unsupported extensions.
ext_error
Print an error message for unsupported certificate extensions.
ext_parse
ASN.1 parse unsupported extensions.
no_aux
Do not print certificate trust information.
no_extensions
Do not print X509V3 extensions.
no_header
Do not print header (Certificate and Data) information.
no_issuer
Do not print the issuer name.
no_pubkey
Do not print the public key.
no_serial
Do not print the serial number.
no_sigdump
Do not give a hexadecimal dump of the certificate signature.
no_signame
Do not print the signature algorithm used.
no_subject
Do not print the subject name.
no_validity
Do not print the notBefore and notAfter (validity) fields.
no_version
Do not print the version number.
 
 
-dates
Print the start and expiry date of a certificate.
 
 
-email
Output the email addresses, if any.
 
 
-enddate
Print the expiry date of the certificate; that is, the notAfter date.
 
 
-fingerprint
Print the digest of the DER-encoded version of the whole certificate.
 
 
-hash
A synonym for -subject_hash.
 
 
-issuer
Print the issuer name.
 
 
-issuer_hash
Print the hash of the certificate issuer name.
 
 
-issuer_hash_old
Print the hash of the certificate issuer name using the older algorithm as used by openssl versions before 1.0.0.
 
 
-modulus
Print the value of the modulus of the public key contained in the certificate.
 
 
-nameopt option
Customise how the subject or issuer names are displayed, either using a list of comma-separated options or by specifying -nameopt multiple times. The default behaviour is to use the oneline format. The options, which can be preceded by a dash to turn them off, are as follows:
 
 
align
Align field values for a more readable output. Only usable with sep_multiline.
 
 
compat
Use the old format, equivalent to specifying no options at all.
 
 
dn_rev
Reverse the fields of the DN, as required by RFC 2253. As a side effect, this also reverses the order of multiple AVAs.
 
 
dump_all
Dump all fields. When used with dump_der, it allows the DER encoding of the structure to be unambiguously determined.
 
 
dump_der
Any fields that need to be hexdumped are dumped using the DER encoding of the field. Otherwise just the content octets will be displayed. Both options use the RFC 2253 #XXXX... format.
 
 
dump_nostr
Dump non-character string types (for example OCTET STRING); usually, non-character string types are displayed as though each content octet represents a single character.
 
 
dump_unknown
Dump any field whose OID is not recognised by openssl.
 
 
esc_2253
Escape the “special” characters required by RFC 2253 in a field that is “ ,+"<>;”. Additionally, ‘#’ is escaped at the beginning of a string and a space character at the beginning or end of a string.
 
 
esc_ctrl
Escape control characters. That is, those with ASCII values less than 0x20 (space) and the delete (0x7f) character. They are escaped using the RFC 2253 \XX notation (where XX are two hex digits representing the character value).
 
 
esc_msb
Escape characters with the MSB set; that is, with ASCII values larger than 127.
 
 
multiline
A multiline format. Equivalent to esc_ctrl, esc_msb, sep_multiline, space_eq, lname, and align.
 
 
no_type
Do not attempt to interpret multibyte characters. That is, content octets are merely dumped as though one octet represents each character. This is useful for diagnostic purposes but results in rather odd looking output.
 
 
nofname, sname, lname, oid
Alter how the field name is displayed: nofname does not display the field at all; sname uses the short name form (CN for commonName, for example); lname uses the long form. oid represents the OID in numerical form and is useful for diagnostic purpose.
 
 
oneline
A one line format which is more readable than RFC2253. Equivalent to esc_2253, esc_ctrl, esc_msb, utf8, dump_nostr, dump_der, use_quote, sep_comma_plus_spc, space_eq, and sname.
 
 
RFC2253
Displays names compatible with RFC 2253. Equivalent to esc_2253, esc_ctrl, esc_msb, utf8, dump_nostr, dump_unknown, dump_der, sep_comma_plus, dn_rev, and sname.
 
 
sep_comma_plus, sep_comma_plus_space, sep_semi_plus_space, sep_multiline
Determine the field separators: the first character is between RDNs and the second between multiple AVAs (multiple AVAs are very rare and their use is discouraged). The options ending in “space” additionally place a space after the separator to make it more readable. sep_multiline uses a linefeed character for the RDN separator and a spaced ‘+’ for the AVA separator, as well as indenting the fields by four characters.
 
 
show_type
Show the type of the ASN.1 character string. The type precedes the field contents. For example “BMPSTRING: Hello World”.
 
 
space_eq
Place spaces round the ‘=’ character which follows the field name.
 
 
use_quote
Escape some characters by surrounding the whole string with ‘"’ characters. Without the option, all escaping is done with the ‘\’ character.
 
 
utf8
Convert all strings to UTF8 format first, as required by RFC 2253. On a UTF8 compatible terminal, the use of this option (and not setting esc_msb) may result in the correct display of multibyte characters. Usually, multibyte characters larger than 0xff are represented using the format \UXXXX for 16 bits and \WXXXXXXXX for 32 bits, and any UTF8Strings are converted to their character form first.
 
 
-noout
Do not output the encoded version of the request.
 
 
-ocsp_uri
Print the OCSP responder addresses, if any.
 
 
-ocspid
Print OCSP hash values for the subject name and public key.
 
 
-pubkey
Print the public key.
 
 
-serial
Print the certificate serial number.
 
 
-startdate
Print the start date of the certificate; that is, the notBefore date.
 
 
-subject
Print the subject name.
 
 
-subject_hash
Print the hash of the certificate subject name. This is used in openssl to form an index to allow certificates in a directory to be looked up by subject name.
 
 
-subject_hash_old
Print the hash of the certificate subject name using the older algorithm as used by openssl versions before 1.0.0.
 
 
-text
Print the full certificate in text form.
A trusted certificate is a certificate which has several additional pieces of information attached to it such as the permitted and prohibited uses of the certificate and an alias. When a certificate is being verified at least one certificate must be trusted. By default, a trusted certificate must be stored locally and be a root CA. The following are x509 trust settings options:
 
 
-addreject arg
Add a prohibited use. Accepts the same values as the -addtrust option.
 
 
-addtrust arg
Add a trusted certificate use. Any object name can be used here, but currently only clientAuth (SSL client use), serverAuth (SSL server use), and emailProtection (S/MIME email) are used.
 
 
-alias
Output the certificate alias.
 
 
-clrreject
Clear all the prohibited or rejected uses of the certificate.
 
 
-clrtrust
Clear all the permitted or trusted uses of the certificate.
 
 
-purpose
Perform tests on the certificate extensions. The same code is used when verifying untrusted certificates in chains, so this section is useful if a chain is rejected by the verify code.
The basicConstraints extension CA flag is used to determine whether the certificate can be used as a CA. If the CA flag is true, it is a CA; if the CA flag is false, it is not a CA. All CAs should have the CA flag set to true.
If the basicConstraints extension is absent, then the certificate is considered to be a possible CA; other extensions are checked according to the intended use of the certificate. A warning is given in this case because the certificate should really not be regarded as a CA. However it is allowed to be a CA to work around some broken software.
If the certificate is a V1 certificate (and thus has no extensions) and it is self-signed, it is also assumed to be a CA but a warning is again given. This is to work around the problem of Verisign roots which are V1 self-signed certificates.
If the keyUsage extension is present, then additional restraints are made on the uses of the certificate. A CA certificate must have the keyCertSign bit set if the keyUsage extension is present.
The extended key usage extension places additional restrictions on the certificate uses. If this extension is present, whether critical or not, the key can only be used for the purposes specified.
A complete description of each test is given below. The comments about basicConstraints and keyUsage and V1 certificates above apply to all CA certificates.
 
 
SSL Client
The extended key usage extension must be absent or include the web client authentication OID. keyUsage must be absent or it must have the digitalSignature bit set. The Netscape certificate type must be absent or it must have the SSL client bit set.
 
 
SSL Client CA
The extended key usage extension must be absent or include the web client authentication OID. The Netscape certificate type must be absent or it must have the SSL CA bit set: this is used as a workaround if the basicConstraints extension is absent.
 
 
SSL Server
The extended key usage extension must be absent or include the web server authentication and/or one of the SGC OIDs. keyUsage must be absent or it must have the digitalSignature set, the keyEncipherment set, or both bits set. The Netscape certificate type must be absent or have the SSL server bit set.
 
 
SSL Server CA
The extended key usage extension must be absent or include the web server authentication and/or one of the SGC OIDs. The Netscape certificate type must be absent or the SSL CA bit must be set: this is used as a workaround if the basicConstraints extension is absent.
 
 
Netscape SSL Server
For Netscape SSL clients to connect to an SSL server; it must have the keyEncipherment bit set if the keyUsage extension is present. This isn't always valid because some cipher suites use the key for digital signing. Otherwise it is the same as a normal SSL server.
 
 
Common S/MIME Client Tests
The extended key usage extension must be absent or include the email protection OID. The Netscape certificate type must be absent or should have the S/MIME bit set. If the S/MIME bit is not set in Netscape certificate type, then the SSL client bit is tolerated as an alternative but a warning is shown: this is because some Verisign certificates don't set the S/MIME bit.
 
 
S/MIME Signing
In addition to the common S/MIME client tests, the digitalSignature bit must be set if the keyUsage extension is present.
 
 
S/MIME Encryption
In addition to the common S/MIME tests, the keyEncipherment bit must be set if the keyUsage extension is present.
 
 
S/MIME CA
The extended key usage extension must be absent or include the email protection OID. The Netscape certificate type must be absent or must have the S/MIME CA bit set: this is used as a workaround if the basicConstraints extension is absent.
 
 
CRL Signing
The keyUsage extension must be absent or it must have the CRL signing bit set.
 
 
CRL Signing CA
The normal CA tests apply, except the basicConstraints extension must be present.
 
 
-setalias arg
Set the alias of the certificate, allowing the certificate to be referred to using a nickname, such as “Steve's Certificate”.
 
 
-trustout
Output a trusted certificate (the default if any trust settings are modified). An ordinary or trusted certificate can be input, but by default an ordinary certificate is output and any trust settings are discarded.
The x509 utility can be used to sign certificates and requests: it can thus behave like a mini CA. The following are x509 signing options:
 
 
-CA file
The CA certificate to be used for signing. When this option is present, x509 behaves like a mini CA. The input file is signed by the CA using this option; that is, its issuer name is set to the subject name of the CA and it is digitally signed using the CA's private key.
This option is normally combined with the -req option. Without the -req option, the input is a certificate which must be self-signed.
 
 
-CAcreateserial
Create the CA serial number file if it does not exist instead of generating an error. The file will contain the serial number ‘02’ and the certificate being signed will have ‘1’ as its serial number.
 
 
-CAform der | pem
The format of the CA certificate file. The default is pem.
 
 
-CAkey file
Set the CA private key to sign a certificate with. Otherwise it is assumed that the CA private key is present in the CA certificate file.
 
 
-CAkeyform der | pem
The format of the CA private key. The default is pem.
 
 
-CAserial file
Use the serial number in file to sign a certificate. The file should consist of one line containing an even number of hex digits with the serial number to use. After each use the serial number is incremented and written out to the file again.
The default filename consists of the CA certificate file base name with .srl appended. For example, if the CA certificate file is called mycacert.pem, it expects to find a serial number file called mycacert.srl.
 
 
-checkend arg
Check whether the certificate expires in the next arg seconds. If so, exit with return value 1; otherwise exit with return value 0.
 
 
-clrext
Delete any extensions from a certificate. This option is used when a certificate is being created from another certificate (for example with the -signkey or the -CA options). Normally, all extensions are retained.
 
 
-days arg
The number of days to make a certificate valid for. The default is 30 days.
 
 
-extensions section
The section to add certificate extensions from. If this option is not specified, the extensions should either be contained in the unnamed (default) section or the default section should contain a variable called “extensions” which contains the section to use.
 
 
-extfile file
File containing certificate extensions to use. If not specified, no extensions are added to the certificate.
 
 
-keyform der | pem
The format of the private key file used in the -signkey option.
 
 
-req
Expect a certificate request on input instead of a certificate.
 
 
-set_serial n
The serial number to use. This option can be used with either the -signkey or -CA options. If used in conjunction with the -CA option, the serial number file (as specified by the -CAserial or -CAcreateserial options) is not used.
The serial number can be decimal or hex (if preceded by ‘0x’). Negative serial numbers can also be specified but their use is not recommended.
 
 
-signkey file
Self-sign file using the supplied private key.
If the input file is a certificate, it sets the issuer name to the subject name (i.e. makes it self-signed), changes the public key to the supplied value, and changes the start and end dates. The start date is set to the current time and the end date is set to a value determined by the -days option. Any certificate extensions are retained unless the -clrext option is supplied.
If the input is a certificate request, a self-signed certificate is created using the supplied private key using the subject name in the request.
 
 
-x509toreq
Convert a certificate into a certificate request. The -signkey option is used to pass the required private key.

COMMON NOTATION

Several commands share a common syntax, as detailed below.
Password arguments, typically specified using -passin and -passout for input and output passwords, allow passwords to be obtained from a variety of sources. Both of these options take a single argument, described below. If no password argument is given and a password is required, then the user is prompted to enter one: this will typically be read from the current terminal with echoing turned off.
 
 
pass:password
The actual password is password. Since the password is visible to utilities, this form should only be used where security is not important.
 
 
env:var
Obtain the password from the environment variable var. Since the environment of other processes is visible, this option should be used with caution.
 
 
file:path
The first line of path is the password. If the same path argument is supplied to -passin and -passout, then the first line will be used for the input password and the next line for the output password. path need not refer to a regular file: it could, for example, refer to a device or named pipe.
 
 
fd:number
Read the password from the file descriptor number. This can be used to send the data via a pipe, for example.
 
 
stdin
Read the password from standard input.
Input/output formats, typically specified using -inform and -outform, indicate the format being read from or written to. The argument is case insensitive.
der
Distinguished Encoding Rules (DER) is a binary format.
net
Insecure legacy format.
pem
Privacy Enhanced Mail (PEM) is base64-encoded.
smime
An SMIME format message.
txt
Plain ASCII text.

ENVIRONMENT

The following environment variables affect the execution of openssl:
 
 
OPENSSL_CONF
The location of the master configuration file.

FILES

/etc/ssl/
Default config directory for openssl.
/etc/ssl/lib/
Unused.
/etc/ssl/private/
Default private key directory.
/etc/ssl/openssl.cnf
Default configuration file for openssl.
/etc/ssl/x509v3.cnf
Default configuration file for x509 certificates.

SEE ALSO

acme-client(1), nc(1), ssl(8), starttls(8)

STANDARDS

T. Dierks and C. Allen, The TLS Protocol Version 1.0, RFC 2246, January 1999.
M. Wahl, S. Killie, and T. Howes, Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (v3): UTF-8 String Representation of Distinguished Names, RFC 2253, December 1997.
B. Kaliski, PKCS #7: Cryptographic Message Syntax Version 1.5, RFC 2315, March 1998.
R. Housley, W. Ford, W. Polk, and D. Solo, Internet X.509 Public Key Infrastructure Certificate and CRL Profile, RFC 2459, January 1999.
M. Myers, R. Ankney, A. Malpani, S. Galperin, and C. Adams, X.509 Internet Public Key Infrastructure Online Certificate Status Protocol – OCSP, RFC 2560, June 1999.
R. Housley, Cryptographic Message Syntax, RFC 2630, June 1999.
P. Chown, Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) Ciphersuites for Transport Layer Security (TLS), RFC 3268, June 2002.
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