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PKCS7_DATAINIT(3)     DragonFly Library Functions Manual     PKCS7_DATAINIT(3)

NAME

PKCS7_dataInit - construct a BIO chain for adding or retrieving content

SYNOPSIS

#include <openssl/pkcs7.h> BIO * PKCS7_dataInit(PKCS7 *p7, BIO *indata);

DESCRIPTION

PKCS7_dataInit() constructs a BIO chain in preparation for putting data into or retrieving data out of p7. Depending on the contentType of p7, the created chain starts with: for SignedData: one or more BIO_f_md(3) message digest filters for EnvelopedData: one BIO_f_cipher(3) encryption filter for SignedAndEnvelopedData: one or more BIO_f_md(3) message digest filters followed by one BIO_f_cipher(3) encryption filter for DigestedData: one BIO_f_md(3) message digest filter for arbitrary data: no filter BIO One additional BIO is appended to the end of the chain, depending on the first condition that holds in the following list: indata if the indata argument is not NULL. This only makes sense while verifying a detached signature, in which case indata is expected to supply the content associated with the detached signature. BIO_s_null(3) if the contentType of p7 is SignedData and it is configured to contain a detached signature. This only makes sense while creating the detached signature. BIO_new_mem_buf(3) when reading from a SignedData or DigestedData object. PKCS7_dataInit() attaches the end of the chain to the nested content of p7. BIO_s_mem(3) otherwise. This is the most common case while writing data to p7. PKCS7_dataFinal(3) can later be used to transfer the data from the memory BIO into p7. Adding content Before calling PKCS7_dataInit() in order to add content, PKCS7_new(3), PKCS7_set_type(3), and PKCS7_content_new(3) are typically required to create p7, to choose its desired type, and to allocate the nested ContentInfo structure. Alternatively, for SignedData, PKCS7_sign(3) can be used with the PKCS7_PARTIAL or PKCS7_STREAM flags or for EnvelopedData, PKCS7_encrypt(3) with the PKCS7_STREAM flag. After calling PKCS7_dataInit(), the desired data can be written into the returned BIO, BIO_flush(3) can be called on it, PKCS7_dataFinal(3) can be used to transfer the processed data from the returned memory BIO to the p7 structure, and the chain can finally be destroyed with BIO_free_all(3). While PKCS7_dataInit() does support the EnvelopedData and SignedAndEnvelopedData types, using it for these types is awkward and error prone except when using PKCS7_encrypt(3) for the setup because PKCS7_content_new(3) does not support these two types. So in addition to creating p7 itself and setting its type, the nested ContentInfo structure also needs to be constructed with PKCS7_new(3) and PKCS7_set_type(3) and manually inserted into the correct field of the respective sub-structure of p7. Retrieving content PKCS7_dataInit() can also be called on a fully populated object of type SignedData or DigestedData. After that, BIO_read(3) can be used to retrieve data from it. In this use case, do not call PKCS7_dataFinal(3); simply proceed directly to BIO_free_all(3) after reading the data.

RETURN VALUES

PKCS7_dataInit() returns a BIO chain on success or NULL on failure. It fails if p7 is NULL, if the content field of p7 is empty, if the contentType of p7 is unsupported, if a cipher is required but none is configured, or if any required operation fails, for example due to lack of memory or for various other reasons.

SEE ALSO

BIO_new(3), BIO_read(3), PKCS7_content_new(3), PKCS7_dataFinal(3), PKCS7_encrypt(3), PKCS7_final(3), PKCS7_new(3), PKCS7_set_type(3), PKCS7_sign(3)

HISTORY

PKCS7_dataInit() first appeared in SSLeay 0.8.1 and has been available since OpenBSD 2.4.

CAVEATS

This function does not support EncryptedData.

BUGS

If p7 is a fully populated structure containing EnvelopedData, SignedAndEnvelopedData, or arbitrary data, PKCS7_dataInit() returns a BIO chain that ultimately reads from an empty memory BIO, so reading from it will instantly return an end-of-file indication rather than reading the actual data contained in p7. DragonFly 5.9-DEVELOPMENT June 3, 2020 DragonFly 5.9-DEVELOPMENT

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