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ASN1PARSE(1)                        OpenSSL                       ASN1PARSE(1)



NAME
       asn1parse - ASN.1 parsing tool

SYNOPSIS
       openssl asn1parse [-inform PEM|DER] [-in filename] [-out filename] [-noout]
       [-offset number] [-length number] [-i] [-oid filename] [-strparse offset] [-genstr
       string] [-genconf file]

DESCRIPTION
       The asn1parse command is a diagnostic utility that can parse ASN.1 structures. It
       can also be used to extract data from ASN.1 formatted data.

OPTIONS
       -inform DER|PEM
           the input format. DER is binary format and PEM (the default) is base64 encoded.

       -in filename
           the input file, default is standard input

       -out filename
           output file to place the DER encoded data into. If this option is not present
           then no data will be output. This is most useful when combined with the
           -strparse option.

       -noout
           don't output the parsed version of the input file.

       -offset number
           starting offset to begin parsing, default is start of file.

       -length number
           number of bytes to parse, default is until end of file.

       -i  indents the output according to the "depth" of the structures.

       -oid filename
           a file containing additional OBJECT IDENTIFIERs (OIDs). The format of this file
           is described in the NOTES section below.

       -strparse offset
           parse the contents octets of the ASN.1 object starting at offset. This option
           can be used multiple times to "drill down" into a nested structure.

       -genstr string, -genconf file
           generate encoded data based on string, file or both using
           ASN1_generate_nconf(3) format. If file only is present then the string is
           obtained from the default section using the name asn1. The encoded data is
           passed through the ASN1 parser and printed out as though it came from a file,
           the contents can thus be examined and written to a file using the out option.

   OUTPUT
       The output will typically contain lines like this:

         0:d=0  hl=4 l= 681 cons: SEQUENCE

       .....

         229:d=3  hl=3 l= 141 prim: BIT STRING
         373:d=2  hl=3 l= 162 cons: cont [ 3 ]
         376:d=3  hl=3 l= 159 cons: SEQUENCE
         379:d=4  hl=2 l=  29 cons: SEQUENCE
         381:d=5  hl=2 l=   3 prim: OBJECT            :X509v3 Subject Key Identifier
         386:d=5  hl=2 l=  22 prim: OCTET STRING
         410:d=4  hl=2 l= 112 cons: SEQUENCE
         412:d=5  hl=2 l=   3 prim: OBJECT            :X509v3 Authority Key Identifier
         417:d=5  hl=2 l= 105 prim: OCTET STRING
         524:d=4  hl=2 l=  12 cons: SEQUENCE

       .....

       This example is part of a self signed certificate. Each line starts with the offset
       in decimal. d=XX specifies the current depth. The depth is increased within the
       scope of any SET or SEQUENCE. hl=XX gives the header length (tag and length octets)
       of the current type. l=XX gives the length of the contents octets.

       The -i option can be used to make the output more readable.

       Some knowledge of the ASN.1 structure is needed to interpret the output.

       In this example the BIT STRING at offset 229 is the certificate public key.  The
       contents octets of this will contain the public key information. This can be
       examined using the option -strparse 229 to yield:

           0:d=0  hl=3 l= 137 cons: SEQUENCE
           3:d=1  hl=3 l= 129 prim: INTEGER           :E5D21E1F5C8D208EA7A2166C7FAF9F6BDF2059669C60876DDB70840F1A5AAFA59699FE471F379F1DD6A487E7D5409AB6A88D4A9746E24B91D8CF55DB3521015460C8EDE44EE8A4189F7A7BE77D6CD3A9AF2696F486855CF58BF0EDF2B4068058C7A947F52548DDF7E15E96B385F86422BEA9064A3EE9E1158A56E4A6F47E5897
         135:d=1  hl=2 l=   3 prim: INTEGER           :010001

NOTES
       If an OID is not part of OpenSSL's internal table it will be represented in
       numerical form (for example 1.2.3.4). The file passed to the -oid option allows
       additional OIDs to be included. Each line consists of three columns, the first
       column is the OID in numerical format and should be followed by white space. The
       second column is the "short name" which is a single word followed by white space.
       The final column is the rest of the line and is the "long name". asn1parse displays
       the long name. Example:

       "1.2.3.4  shortName A long name"

EXAMPLES
       Parse a file:

        openssl asn1parse -in file.pem

       Parse a DER file:

        openssl asn1parse -inform DER -in file.der

       Generate a simple UTF8String:

        openssl asn1parse -genstr 'UTF8:Hello World'

       Generate and write out a UTF8String, don't print parsed output:

        openssl asn1parse -genstr 'UTF8:Hello World' -noout -out utf8.der

       Generate using a config file:

        openssl asn1parse -genconf asn1.cnf -noout -out asn1.der

       Example config file:

        asn1=SEQUENCE:seq_sect

        [seq_sect]

        field1=BOOL:TRUE
        field2=EXP:0, UTF8:some random string

BUGS
       There should be options to change the format of output lines. The output of some
       ASN.1 types is not well handled (if at all).

SEE ALSO
       ASN1_generate_nconf(3)



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