Bug #8178


Added by Jacob640 (Joseph Coyle) almost 7 years ago. Updated 6 months ago.

Target version:
ruby -v:
ruby 2.1.0dev (2013-03-28 trunk 39971) [x86_64-darwin11.4.2]


The instance method does not return the signing certificate name but the X509 name of the signer's issuer. This is because is actually an alias of SignerInfo.issuer. This appears to be a mistake particularly because OpenSSL::PKCS7::RecepientInfo doesn't have a corresponding name method.

Perhaps should be considered for removal since the method name is misleading.


Updated by MartinBosslet (Martin Bosslet) almost 7 years ago

  • Category set to ext
  • Status changed from Open to Assigned
  • Assignee set to MartinBosslet (Martin Bosslet)
  • Target version set to 2.1.0

Updated by Jacob640 (Joseph Coyle) almost 7 years ago

Because of this bug I have been looking at why it is so difficult to get useful identifying info for pkcs7 signers. I see that OpenSSL provides a utility function to extract a certificate from a pkcs7 message corresponding to a supplied signer info struct called PKCS7_cert_from_signer_info.

Unfortunately due to OpenSSL closely following the pkcs7 data structures SignerInfo structs do not appear to contain the certificate or name of the signing certificate. Because of this PKCS7_cert_from_signer_info requires both a pkcs7 message and a signerInfo struct to provide the signer certificates.

However if we wish to follow the design decisions of OpenSSL it is fairly easy to construct a utility method for OpenSSL::PKCS7 that takes a SignerInfo object and outputs the corresponding certificate. I have written a basic demonstration in this commit:

Updated by MartinBosslet (Martin Bosslet) over 6 years ago

I agree that SignerInfo#name is misleading. It should be easier to get the relevant information, I'll consider your proposal and will think about other ways to improve the API!

Updated by hsbt (Hiroshi SHIBATA) almost 6 years ago

  • Target version changed from 2.1.0 to 2.2.0

Updated by zzak (Zachary Scott) over 4 years ago

  • Assignee changed from MartinBosslet (Martin Bosslet) to openssl

Updated by jeremyevans0 (Jeremy Evans) 6 months ago

  • Assignee changed from openssl to rhenium (Kazuki Yamaguchi)

I submitted a pull request upstream to remove the OpenSSL::PKCS7::SignerInfo#name method:


Updated by jeremyevans0 (Jeremy Evans) 6 months ago

  • Status changed from Assigned to Closed

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