Bug #8178


Added by Joseph Coyle about 1 year ago. Updated 3 months ago.

Assignee:Martin Bosslet
Target version:current: 2.2.0
ruby -v:ruby 2.1.0dev (2013-03-28 trunk 39971) [x86_64-darwin11.4.2] Backport:


The instance method OpenSSL::PKCS7::SignerInfo.name does not return the signing certificate name but the X509 name of the signer's issuer. This is because SignerInfo.name 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 OpenSSL::PKCS7::SignerInfo.name should be considered for removal since the method name is misleading.


#1 Updated by Martin Bosslet about 1 year ago

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

#2 Updated by Joseph Coyle about 1 year 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 PKCS7certfromsignerinfo.

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 PKCS7certfromsignerinfo 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: https://github.com/Jacob640/ruby/commit/10e5f0b74cd08ee23f2b6643a7f86a6dbec857c1

#3 Updated by Martin Bosslet 10 months 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!

#4 Updated by Hiroshi SHIBATA 3 months ago

  • Target version changed from 2.1.0 to current: 2.2.0

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