[openssl-users] x509 manual

Salz, Rich rsalz at akamai.com
Sun Nov 11 16:53:55 UTC 2018

It was great to see you last week.

You and the entire “Russian crypto cohort” :)

From: Dmitry Belyavsky <beldmit at gmail.com>
Reply-To: openssl-users <openssl-users at openssl.org>
Date: Sunday, November 11, 2018 at 6:34 AM
To: openssl-users <openssl-users at openssl.org>
Subject: Re: [openssl-users] x509 manual



On Thu, Nov 8, 2018 at 4:57 PM Dmitry Belyavsky <beldmit at gmail.com<mailto:beldmit at gmail.com>> wrote:

On Thu, Nov 8, 2018 at 4:02 PM Matt Caswell <matt at openssl.org<mailto:matt at openssl.org>> wrote:

On 08/11/2018 12:44, Dmitry Belyavsky wrote:
> Hello,
> can anybody clarify what for the abbreviations AVA and RDN stand for?

RDN == Relative Distinguised Name
AVA == Attribute Value Assertion

An RDN consists of an unordered set of AVAs (but most frequently an RDN
is made up of exactly one AVA, e.g. CN = "John"). A Distinguished Name
(DN) is made up of a sequence of RDNs.

That man page could probably do with some work to reduce the jargon.

I'll submit a pull request.

Thank you!


> ============
> sep_comma_plus, sep_comma_plus_space, sep_semi_plus_space, sep_multiline
> These options determine the field separators. The first character is
> between RDNs and the second between multiple AVAs (multiple AVAs are
> very rare and their use is discouraged). The options ending in "space"
> additionally place a space after the separator to make it more readable.
> The sep_multiline uses a linefeed character for the RDN separator and a
> spaced + for the AVA separator. It also indents the fields by four
> characters. If no field separator is specified then sep_comma_plus_space
> is used by default.
> =============
> Thank you!
> --
> SY, Dmitry Belyavsky
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