[gnutls-devel] Restrictions on tag types

Nikos Mavrogiannopoulos nmav at gnutls.org
Sun Jun 1 19:48:28 CEST 2014

On Sun, 2014-06-01 at 12:44 +0200, Kurt Roeckx wrote:
> Hi,
> In lib/x509/common.c there is this:
> [...]
>         ENTRY("", "street", "PKIX1.DirectoryString", ASN1_ETYPE_INVALID),
>         ENTRY("", "title", "PKIX1.DirectoryString", ASN1_ETYPE_INVALID),
>         ENTRY("", "O", "PKIX1.DirectoryString", ASN1_ETYPE_INVALID),
> [...]
> I'm seeing certificates that encode the "C" with an UTF8String and
> not a PrintableString, which then result in getting an error that
> it has invalid DER.

It is invalid encoding as RFC5280 specifies:
X520countryName ::=     PrintableString

How common are these certificates? Are they so widespread we would need
to add support for them?

> "C" can of course only contain a certain amount of characters.  But
> I don't see why it shouldn't be allowed to encode this is whatever
> charset they want.  Since they should use either PrintableString
> or UTF8String in a DN it makes sense to me that they would do
> everything in UTF8String even when not needed.
> Is there a good reason to only allow PrintableString?

We just follow the protocol :) The names that allow multiple encodings
are encoded as DirectoryString not as PrintableString.


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