[openssl-users] Intermediate cert file failure

Robert Moskowitz rgm at htt-consult.com
Fri Jul 27 16:49:10 UTC 2018

On 07/27/2018 12:35 PM, Viktor Dukhovni wrote:
>> On Jul 27, 2018, at 11:25 AM, Robert Moskowitz <rgm at htt-consult.com> wrote:
>> 3064446992:error:2006D080:BIO routines:BIO_new_file:no such file:crypto/bio/bss_file.c:79:
>> variable lookup failed for CA_default::default_md
>> 3064446992:error:0E06D06C:configuration file routines:NCONF_get_string:no value:crypto/conf/conf_lib.c:275:group=CA_default name=default_md
> Well ca(1) wants either an explicit "md" option or a default_md.
> Perhaps it does not yet support ed25519.  You can sign directly
> with "openssl x509", but first try
> 	openssl ca -md null
> or
> 	openssl ca -md default
> and see if either of those work.
-md null worked:

    openssl ca -config $cadir/openssl-root.cnf -days 3650\
        -extensions v3_intermediate_ca -notext -md null\
        -in $dir/csr/intermediate.csr.$format\
        -out $dir/certs/intermediate.cert.pem

Can't open /root/ca/intermediate/index.txt.attr for reading, No such 
file or directory
3064946704:error:02001002:system library:fopen:No such file or 
3064946704:error:2006D080:BIO routines:BIO_new_file:no such 
Check that the request matches the signature
Signature ok
Certificate Details:
         Serial Number:
             Not Before: Jul 27 16:41:03 2018 GMT
             Not After : Jul 24 16:41:03 2028 GMT
             countryName               = US
             stateOrProvinceName       = MI
             organizationName          = HTT Consulting
             commonName                = Signing CA
         X509v3 extensions:
             X509v3 Subject Key Identifier:
             X509v3 Authority Key Identifier:

             X509v3 Basic Constraints: critical
                 CA:TRUE, pathlen:0
             X509v3 Key Usage: critical
                 Certificate Sign, CRL Sign
             X509v3 Subject Alternative Name:
                 email:postmaster at htt-consult.com
Certificate is to be certified until Jul 24 16:41:03 2028 GMT (3650 days)
Sign the certificate? [y/n]:y

1 out of 1 certificate requests certified, commit? [y/n]y
Write out database with 1 new entries
Data Base Updated

There was no file index.txt.attr, but now there is:

# cat index.txt.attr
unique_subject = yes

I don't remember this from my ecdsa work with 1.1.0

This issue with md is definitely and issue.  I can try -md null on the 
self-signed root cert, but it seems that this should not even be 
referenced for ed25519

But I got my intermediate cert, so on to the next step.

thanks for your help, Viktor.

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