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X509_NEW(3) Library Functions Manual X509_NEW(3)

NAME

X509_new, X509_free, X509_up_refX.509 certificate object

SYNOPSIS

#include <openssl/x509.h>
X509 *
X509_new(void);
void
X509_free(X509 *a);
int
X509_up_ref(X509 *a);

DESCRIPTION

X509_new() allocates and initializes an empty X509 object with reference count 1. It represents an ASN.1 Certificate structure defined in RFC 5280 section 4.1. It can hold a public key together with information about the person, organization, device, or function the associated private key belongs to.
X509_free() decrements the reference count of the X509 structure a and frees it up if the reference count reaches 0. If a is a NULL pointer, no action occurs.
X509_up_ref() increments the reference count of a. This function is useful if a certificate structure is being used by several different operations each of which will free it up after use: this avoids the need to duplicate the entire certificate structure.
The object X509_INFO, which can hold a certificate, the corresponding private key, and a certificate revocation list, is not yet documented.

RETURN VALUES

If the allocation fails, X509_new() returns NULL and sets an error code that can be obtained by ERR_get_error(3). Otherwise it returns a pointer to the newly allocated structure.
X509_up_ref() returns 1 for success or 0 for failure.

SEE ALSO

AUTHORITY_KEYID_new(3), BASIC_CONSTRAINTS_new(3), crypto(3), d2i_X509(3), ERR_get_error(3), X509_ALGOR_new(3), X509_CRL_new(3), X509_EXTENSION_new(3), X509_NAME_new(3), X509_REQ_new(3), X509_SIG_new(3)

STANDARDS

RFC 5280: Internet X.509 Public Key Infrastructure Certificate and Certificate Revocation List (CRL) Profile

HISTORY

X509_new() and X509_free() are available in all versions of SSLeay and OpenSSL.

BUGS

The X.509 public key infrastructure and its data types contain too many design bugs to list them. For lots of examples, see the classic X.509 Style Guide that Peter Gutmann published in 2000.
December 25, 2016 OpenBSD-current