[openssl-users] Creating multi-valued RDN with config (still not working)

Sean Leonard dev+openssl at seantek.com
Wed Jun 29 18:10:50 UTC 2016

Just following up...


On 6/18/2016 10:43 AM, Sean Leonard wrote:
> I am trying to create a multi-valued RDN with OpenSSL using a config 
> file and the openssl req -x509 command, without success.
> According to the 2006 thread "Multi-value RDNs and openssl.cnf format" 
> <http://openssl.6102.n7.nabble.com/Multi-value-RDNs-and-openssl-cnf-format-td7925.html>, 
> one is supposed to do this by prefixing the keys in the 
> distinguished_name section with "+" on subsequent entries to add to a 
> multi-valued RDN, such as:
> [distinguished_name]
> ST = California
> +L = Los Angeles
> +postalCode=90013
> Unfortunately, that (still) does not work. The error from openssl req 
> -x509 (etc.) is:
> problems making Certificate Request
> 30008:error:0D06407A:asn1 encoding routines:a2d_ASN1_OBJECT:first num 
> too large:.\crypto\asn1\a_object.c:109:
> 30008:error:0B083077:x509 certificate 
> routines:X509_NAME_ENTRY_create_by_txt:invalid field 
> name:.\crypto\x509\x509name.c:285:name=+L
> I was successful at making a multi-valued RDN with the -multivalue-rdn 
> and -subj options, but that is not as versatile/scriptable. Any ideas?
> Sean
> PS It looks like it may be related to the behavior in auto_info 
> (req.c) X509_NAME_add_entry_by_txt (x509name.c), in particular, the 
> relationship between the variables mval, type, and p in auto_info 
> (req.c). Could be a bug.

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