[Help-gnutls] Libtasn1 1.6

Simon Josefsson simon at josefsson.org
Mon Nov 10 09:08:02 CET 2008

Libtasn1 is a standalone library written in C for manipulating ASN.1
objects including DER/BER encoding and DER/BER decoding.  Libtasn1 is
used by GnuTLS to manipulate X.509 objects and by Shishi to handle
Kerberos V5 packets.

Version 1.6 (released 2008-11-10)
- Fixed namespace violation for MAX_NAME_SIZE and MAX_ERROR_DESCRIPTION_SIZE.
- Fixed namespace violation for libtasn1_perror and libtasn1_strerror.
  The new names are asn1_perror and asn1_strerror.
- Fix namespace violation for LIBASN1_VERSION.
  The new name is ASN1_VERSION.
- Decoder can now decode BER encoded octet strings.
- doc: Change license on the manual to GFDLv1.3+.
- doc: Sync gdoc script with GnuTLS, changes license on man-pages to GAP.
- doc: Improve gtk-doc manual.
- Assumes system has strdup and string.h.
- Remove libtasn1-config and libtasn1.m4,
  use standard AC_CHECK_FUNCS autoconf tests or pkg-config instead.
- Change detection of when to use a linker version script,
  use --enable-ld-version-script or --disable-ld-version-script to
  override auto-detection logic.
- API and ABI changes since last version:
  asn1_get_length_ber: New function.
  ASN1_VERSION: New symbol, replaces LIBTASN1_VERSION.
  asn1_strerror: New function, replaces libtasn1_strerror.
  asn1_perror: New function, replaces libtasn1_perror.
  libtasn1_strerror: Marked as deprecated.
  libtasn1_perror: Marked as deprecated.
  LIBTASN1_VERSION: Deprecated.

Commercial support contracts for Libtasn1 are available, and they help
finance continued maintenance.  Simon Josefsson Datakonsult, a Stockholm
based privately held company, is currently funding Libtasn1 maintenance.
We are always looking for interesting development projects.  See
http://josefsson.org/ for more details.

If you need help to use Libtasn1, or want to help others, you are
invited to join our help-gnutls mailing list, see:


Here are the compressed sources (1.6MB):

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The software is cryptographically signed by the author using an
OpenPGP key identified by the following information:

pub   1280R/B565716F 2002-05-05 [expires: 2009-04-21]
      Key fingerprint = 0424 D4EE 81A0 E3D1 19C6  F835 EDA2 1E94 B565 716F
uid                  Simon Josefsson <simon at josefsson.org>
uid                  Simon Josefsson <jas at extundo.com>
sub   1280R/4D5D40AE 2002-05-05 [expires: 2009-04-21]

The key is available from:

Here are the SHA-1 and SHA-224 checksums:

fd670bcb88612190729948c7939e612132e3bb71  libtasn1-1.6.tar.gz

0e623d6a497ebe0ef33c2188d8b8bfc02ec0035f4c7bb0501e0819a3  libtasn1-1.6.tar.gz

Happy hacking,
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