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=head1 NAME
ASN1_STRING_type, ASN1_STRING_get0_data, ASN1_STRING_data,
ASN1_STRING_to_UTF8 - ASN1_STRING utility functions
#include <openssl/asn1.h>
int ASN1_STRING_length(ASN1_STRING *x);
const unsigned char *ASN1_STRING_get0_data(const ASN1_STRING *x);
unsigned char *ASN1_STRING_data(ASN1_STRING *x);
int ASN1_STRING_set(ASN1_STRING *str, const void *data, int len);
int ASN1_STRING_type(const ASN1_STRING *x);
int ASN1_STRING_to_UTF8(unsigned char **out, const ASN1_STRING *in);
These functions allow an B<ASN1_STRING> structure to be manipulated.
ASN1_STRING_length() returns the length of the content of I<x>.
ASN1_STRING_get0_data() returns an internal pointer to the data of I<x>.
Since this is an internal pointer it should B<not> be freed or
modified in any way.
ASN1_STRING_data() is similar to ASN1_STRING_get0_data() except the
returned value is not constant. This function is deprecated:
applications should use ASN1_STRING_get0_data() instead.
ASN1_STRING_dup() returns a copy of the structure I<a>.
ASN1_STRING_cmp() compares I<a> and I<b> returning 0 if the two
are identical. The string types and content are compared.
ASN1_STRING_set() sets the data of string I<str> to the buffer
I<data> or length I<len>. The supplied data is copied. If I<len>
is -1 then the length is determined by strlen(data).
ASN1_STRING_type() returns the type of I<x>, using standard constants
ASN1_STRING_to_UTF8() converts the string I<in> to UTF8 format, the
converted data is allocated in a buffer in I<*out>. The length of
I<out> is returned or a negative error code. The buffer I<*out>
should be freed using OPENSSL_free().
=head1 NOTES
Almost all ASN1 types in OpenSSL are represented as an B<ASN1_STRING>
structure. Other types such as B<ASN1_OCTET_STRING> are simply typedef'ed
to B<ASN1_STRING> and the functions call the B<ASN1_STRING> equivalents.
B<ASN1_STRING> is also used for some B<CHOICE> types which consist
entirely of primitive string types such as B<DirectoryString> and
These functions should B<not> be used to examine or modify B<ASN1_INTEGER>
or B<ASN1_ENUMERATED> types: the relevant B<INTEGER> or B<ENUMERATED>
utility functions should be used instead.
In general it cannot be assumed that the data returned by ASN1_STRING_data()
is null terminated or does not contain embedded nulls. The actual format
of the data will depend on the actual string type itself: for example
for an IA5String the data will be ASCII, for a BMPString two bytes per
character in big endian format, and for a UTF8String it will be in UTF8 format.
Similar care should be take to ensure the data is in the correct format
when calling ASN1_STRING_set().
ASN1_STRING_length() returns the length of the content of I<x>.
ASN1_STRING_get0_data() and ASN1_STRING_data() return an internal pointer to
the data of I<x>.
ASN1_STRING_dup() returns a valid B<ASN1_STRING> structure or NULL if an
error occurred.
ASN1_STRING_cmp() returns an integer greater than, equal to, or less than 0,
according to whether I<a> is greater than, equal to, or less than I<b>.
ASN1_STRING_set() returns 1 on success or 0 on error.
ASN1_STRING_type() returns the type of I<x>.
ASN1_STRING_to_UTF8() returns the number of bytes in output string I<out> or a
negative value if an error occurred.
=head1 SEE ALSO
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