[Help-gnutls] Peer certificates not signed by any CA

Florian Weimer fweimer at bfk.de
Tue Jun 13 10:31:29 CEST 2006

As far as I can tell, GNUTLS discards a peer certificate unless it is
signed by a trusted CA.  For SSH-style "leap of faith" authentication,
this is counterproductive.  I could add an outer protocol layer in which
the client tells the server which certificate it is going to send (so
that the server can look it up in a database and tell GNUTLS it is
trusted).  However, I'd like to avoid this.

Here's how I set up the session on the server side:

    my $cred = new Crypt::GNUTLS::CertificateCredentials;
    $cred->set_x509_key_mem($server_cert, $server_key, GNUTLS_X509_FMT_PEM);

    my $session = new_server Crypt::GNUTLS::Session;

After that, the peer certificate list is empty, even though the client
claims to have sent a certificate.  If I mark the client certificate as
trusted, using:

    $cred->set_x509_trust_mem($client_cert, GNUTLS_X509_FMT_PEM);

the certificate is returned as desired.  However, I can't really load
all client certificates into the library because that wouldn't scale.

Any suggestions?

Florian Weimer                <fweimer at bfk.de>
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