[gnutls-devel] GnuTLS | WIP: RFC7250 Raw public keys (!650)

Development of GNU's TLS library gnutls-devel at lists.gnutls.org
Fri Sep 14 13:21:40 CEST 2018

Nikos Mavrogiannopoulos started a new discussion on lib/pcert.c:

>  /* Converts the first certificate for the cert_auth_info structure
>   * to a pcert.
> + *
> + * REMARK 1: why limit ourselves to only be able to convert the first cert in the chain?
> + * REMARK 2: there is a lot of conversion between a raw cert / cert chain (gnutls_datum_t)
> + *   and gnutls_pcert_st going on (e.g. cert_auth_info to pcert). There is also quite some
> + *   overlap in data between these two types. The difference is that pcert holds only 1 cert
> + *   and cert_auth_info has the entire chain. During cert reception (in e.g. _gnutls_proc_x509_server_crt)
> + *   we also convert from raw to pcert. First we call gnutls_pcert_import_x509_raw to get a list with pcerts.
> + *   Then we call check_pk_compat to do some checks. Finally we call _gnutls_pcert_to_auth_info to save all
> + *   certs as raw again (we retrieve only the raw data from the pcert). Later on e.g. in
> + *   _gnutls_proc_dhe_signature() we need a pcert again and convert back via our function below.
> + *   Why not internally store all certs / cert chains as pcerts? That migth save some conversion
> + *   work and simplifies things.

I'm for any optimizations. Not sure if they are possible though (few of the `get`  functions assumed specific types to be present).

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