PKCS#11 bugs

Nikos Mavrogiannopoulos nmav at
Wed Jun 15 21:33:57 CEST 2011

On 06/14/2011 12:35 PM, Rickard Bellgrim wrote:
> Hi
> I am testing SoftHSM together with GnuTLS, just to see if the
> certificate parts of SoftHSM works. I found some bugs in GnuTLS and I
> have attached a patch for them.

 Thank you for finding the bugs and the patch.

> 1.
> You should change the variable tval to an unsigned char.
> The attributes are of the type CK_BBOOL, which is equal to unsigned char.
> 2.
> I think you forgot to save the label for the private key, if it was
> given by the user.

I've applied fixes for those:;a=shortlog;h=refs/heads/gnutls_2_12_x

> 3.
> The CKA_SUBJECT must be specified for a certificate.

Why is this? I don't see anywhere in PKCS #11 such a requirement.

> 4.
> The p11tool has an option to mark a certificate as trusted when
> importing it. The problem is that only the Security Officer can set it
> to true. I do not have a patch for it. But the program have to login
> as a SO and change the attribute of this object. Remember that the SO
> can only see public objects. You do not set the CKA_PRIVATE and the
> default value is "token-specific". SoftHSM sets the CKA_PRIVATE to
> true and thus not visible for the SO since it then is a private
> object.

I think I've addressed it in the repository.


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