asn1parse genstr question

Viktor Dukhovni openssl-users at
Mon Apr 22 18:23:02 UTC 2019

On Sun, Apr 21, 2019 at 06:58:53PM +0300, Dmitry Belyavsky wrote:

> When I use a command
> openssl asn1parse -genstr "UTF8String:ф" -out content
> I get a 6-byte file. If I understand correctly, it starts with a 2-byte
> header indicating the content length and then contains an encoded letter
> 'ф' I want. But the encoding of it is not UTF8, as the utf8 encoding of a
> cyrillic letter is 2 bytes long.
> Am I wrong? If the behavior I see is desired one, how can I convert the
> result of the encoding to UTF8 using openssl internal API?

By default the input string is assumed to contain single-byte octets,
which are individually encoded as UTF-8.  This is rarely what you
want if your input is not ASCII.  For actual UTF-8 input, you can

    $ openssl asn1parse -out content -genstr 'FORMAT:UTF8,UTF8String:Он врет! Он не знает, КАК НАДО!' # [1]
	0:d=0  hl=2 l=  53 prim: UTF8STRING        :Он врет! Он не знает, КАК НАДО!

The "genstr" format is described in, for example:



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