[xmlsec] core methods for write of <X509SubjectName/> and <X509IssuerSerial/>

Tejkumar Arora tej at netscape.com
Sat Jul 19 12:23:02 PDT 2003

Aleksey Sanin wrote:

 > > Please check http://roumenpetrov.info/tmp/xmlsec/ for the files.
 > > About patch:
 > > - please review new methods - they are release candidates;
 > > - all other is very early release, even before alpha version ;-).
 > 0) I absolutely do not like the code in
 > xmlSecOpenSSLKeyDataX509XmlWrite()
 > function. As I explained before using static variable is wrong idea and
 > using numeric constants instead of defines is really bad code style.
 > 1) xmlSecOpenSSLX509NameWrite() function: xmlMalloc may fail. You need
 > to check that returned pointer is not NULL and return an error if it's
 > the case.
 > 2) xmlSecOpenSSLASN1IntegerWrite() function: the ASN1_INTEGER_to_BN()
 > may return NULL. Instead of assert you should use if() to check the
 > result.
 > Also I wonder why do you use '_xxx' variable? Why do you need '_'?
 > 2) xmlSecOpenSSLASN1IntegerWrite() function: The function returns
 > xmlChar* allocated using OpenSSL function BN_bn2dec(). This is wrong!
 > xmlChar* is assumed to be allocated with one of LibXML2 malloc functions
 > and is freed with xmlFree. If there is a different memory callbacks
 > initialized
 > in LibXML2 this code would crash.
 > 3) testDSig.sh: I don't see reasons to modify existing tests. The right
 > way is to add
 > new tests to the suite to test new functionality.
 > IMHO, the better approach would be:
 > 0) At the very beggining of the xmlSecOpenSSLKeyDataX509XmlWrite()
 > function you read the <X509Data/> node content and determine what do you
 > want
 > to write (certs, subject names, ...) based on the content of <X509Data/>
 > node
 > and the xmlSecKeyInfoCtx flags.
 > 1) Create separate methods like:
 >        xmlSecOpenSSLX509CertificateNodeWrite
 >        xmlSecOpenSSLX509SubjectNameNodeWrite
 >        xmlSecOpenSSLX509IssuerSerialNodeWrite
 >        xmlSecOpenSSLX509SKINodeWrite
 > 2) Call one these methods from the for() loop in
 > xmlSecOpenSSLKeyDataX509XmlWrite()
 > for each cert in the keys data.
 > 3) Determine if you want to write CRLs
 > flag in the xmlSecKeyInfoCtx and call the new
 >        xmlSecOpenSSLX509CRLNodeWrite
 > function for each CRL in xmlSecOpenSSLX509Data if needed.
 > Tej, I wonder if it would be possible to mirror this in NSS code. What
 > do you think?

The scheme you outlined makes perfect sense.
This is easy to mirror in the NSS port. I'll get to it
in the near future.. :)  (i've just started working on
another project ...)


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