ASN1PARSE(1)                        OpenSSL                       ASN1PARSE(1)

       asn1parse - ASN.1 parsing tool

       openssl asn1parse [-inform PEM|DER] [-in filename] [-out filename]
       [-noout] [-offset number] [-length number] [-i] [-oid filename] [-str-
       parse offset]

       The asn1parse command is a diagnostic utility that can parse ASN.1
       structures. It can also be used to extract data from ASN.1 formatted

       -inform DER|PEM
           the input format. DER is binary format and PEM (the default) is
           base64 encoded.

       -in filename
           the input file, default is standard input

       -out filename
           output file to place the DER encoded data into. If this option is
           not present then no data will be output. This is most useful when
           combined with the -strparse option.

           don't output the parsed version of the input file.

       -offset number
           starting offset to begin parsing, default is start of file.

       -length number
           number of bytes to parse, default is until end of file.

       -i  indents the output according to the "depth" of the structures.

       -oid filename
           a file containing additional OBJECT IDENTIFIERs (OIDs). The format
           of this file is described in the NOTES section below.

       -strparse offset
           parse the contents octets of the ASN.1 object starting at offset.
           This option can be used multiple times to "drill down" into a
           nested structure.


       The output will typically contain lines like this:

         0:d=0  hl=4 l= 681 cons: SEQUENCE


         229:d=3  hl=3 l= 141 prim: BIT STRING
         373:d=2  hl=3 l= 162 cons: cont [ 3 ]
         376:d=3  hl=3 l= 159 cons: SEQUENCE
         379:d=4  hl=2 l=  29 cons: SEQUENCE
         381:d=5  hl=2 l=   3 prim: OBJECT            :X509v3 Subject Key Identifier
         386:d=5  hl=2 l=  22 prim: OCTET STRING
         410:d=4  hl=2 l= 112 cons: SEQUENCE
         412:d=5  hl=2 l=   3 prim: OBJECT            :X509v3 Authority Key Identifier
         417:d=5  hl=2 l= 105 prim: OCTET STRING
         524:d=4  hl=2 l=  12 cons: SEQUENCE


       This example is part of a self signed certificate. Each line starts
       with the offset in decimal. d=XX specifies the current depth. The depth
       is increased within the scope of any SET or SEQUENCE. hl=XX gives the
       header length (tag and length octets) of the current type. l=XX gives
       the length of the contents octets.

       The -i option can be used to make the output more readable.

       Some knowledge of the ASN.1 structure is needed to interpret the out-

       In this example the BIT STRING at offset 229 is the certificate public
       key.  The contents octets of this will contain the public key informa-
       tion. This can be examined using the option -strparse 229 to yield:

           0:d=0  hl=3 l= 137 cons: SEQUENCE
           3:d=1  hl=3 l= 129 prim: INTEGER           :E5D21E1F5C8D208EA7A2166C7FAF9F6BDF2059669C60876DDB70840F1A5AAFA59699FE471F379F1DD6A487E7D5409AB6A88D4A9746E24B91D8CF55DB3521015460C8EDE44EE8A4189F7A7BE77D6CD3A9AF2696F486855CF58BF0EDF2B4068058C7A947F52548DDF7E15E96B385F86422BEA9064A3EE9E1158A56E4A6F47E5897
         135:d=1  hl=2 l=   3 prim: INTEGER           :010001

       If an OID is not part of OpenSSL's internal table it will be repre-
       sented in numerical form (for example The file passed to the
       -oid option allows additional OIDs to be included. Each line consists
       of three columns, the first column is the OID in numerical format and
       should be followed by white space. The second column is the "short
       name" which is a single word followed by white space. The final column
       is the rest of the line and is the "long name". asn1parse displays the
       long name. Example:

       "  shortName A long name"

       There should be options to change the format of input lines. The output
       of some ASN.1 types is not well handled (if at all).

0.9.7a                            2000-01-20                      ASN1PARSE(1)