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ASN1_OBJECT_NEW(3) Library Functions Manual ASN1_OBJECT_NEW(3)

ASN1_OBJECT_new, ASN1_OBJECT_create, ASN1_OBJECT_freeASN.1 object identifiers

#include <openssl/asn1.h>


ASN1_OBJECT_create(int nid, unsigned char *content, int len, const char *short_name, const char *long_name);


() allocates and initializes an empty ASN1_OBJECT object, representing an ASN.1 OBJECT IDENTIFIER. It can hold a short name, a long name, a numeric identifier (NID), and a sequence of integers identifying a node in the International Object Identifier tree as specified in ITU-T recommendation X.660. The new object is marked as dynamically allocated.

The ASN.1 object identifier type is also represented by the V_ASN1_OBJECT type identifier constant.

() allocates a new ASN1_OBJECT with the given nid, copies the len DER content octets, the short_name, and the long_name into it, and marks the new object and all data contained in it as dynamically allocated.

Application programs normally use utility functions like OBJ_nid2obj(3) rather than using () or ASN1_OBJECT_create() directly.

() has the following effects:

All data contained in a that is marked as dynamically allocated is freed, and the respective fields of a become empty. Contained data not marked as dynamically allocated remains intact.

If the object a itself is marked as dynamically allocated, it is freed. Otherwise, the pointer a remains valid.

If a is a NULL pointer or if neither the object itself nor any of its content is marked as dynamically allocated, no action occurs.

ASN1_OBJECT_new() and ASN1_OBJECT_create() return a pointer to the new object or NULL if memory allocation fails,

After failure of ASN1_OBJECT_new() or ASN1_OBJECT_create(), the following diagnostic can be retrieved with ERR_get_error(3), ERR_GET_REASON(3), and ERR_reason_error_string(3):

"malloc failure"
Memory allocation failed.

After some cases of failure of ASN1_OBJECT_create(), the following diagnostic can be retrieved in addition to the above:

"ASN1 lib"
Memory allocation failed.

a2d_ASN1_OBJECT(3), ASN1_TYPE_get(3), d2i_ASN1_OBJECT(3), OBJ_create(3), OBJ_nid2obj(3)

ITU-T Recommendation X.208, also known as ISO/IEC 8824-1: Specification of Abstract Syntax Notation One (ASN.1), section 28: Notation for the object identifier type

ITU-T Recommendation X.690, also known as ISO/IEC 8825-1: Information technology - ASN.1 encoding rules: Specification of Basic Encoding Rules (BER), Canonical Encoding Rules (CER) and Distinguished Encoding Rules (DER), section 8.19: Encoding of an object identifier value

ASN1_OBJECT_new() and ASN1_OBJECT_free() first appeared in SSLeay 0.5.1 and ASN1_OBJECT_create() in SSLeay 0.8.0. These functions have been available since OpenBSD 2.4.

December 15, 2021 OpenBSD-7.3