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sr #108206: certtool --generate-request error handling

Submitted by:  Daniel Black <danblack>
Submitted on:  Thu 13 Dec 2012 06:43:36 AM UTC  
Category: NonePriority: 5 - Normal
Severity: 3 - NormalStatus: Done
Privacy: PublicAssigned to: Nikos Mavrogiannopoulos <nmav>
Open/Closed: ClosedOperating System: None

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Sat 15 Dec 2012 10:59:26 PM UTC, comment #2:

thanks for the fix. Much appreciated.

(to become less of a failed certtool user)

Daniel Black <danblack>
Sat 15 Dec 2012 10:15:37 AM UTC, comment #1:

Thanks for the suggestion. I've committed a fix which will be included in the next release.

Nikos Mavrogiannopoulos <nmav>
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Thu 13 Dec 2012 06:43:36 AM UTC, original submission:

I did the following two commands recently to get a certificate request of a CA.

$ certtool --bits 2432 --generate-privkey --outfile key.pem

    • Note: Please use the --sec-param instead of --bits

Generating a 2432 bit RSA private key...

$ certtool --generate-request --infile key.pem --outfile request.pem
Generating a PKCS #10 certificate request...
Generating a 2432 bit RSA private key...

To a not-so-often user of certtool the mistake is --infile should of been --load-privkey. While if I'd been astute and noticed the second generation, or read the manual this would of been obvious. As a result I got the CA to issue a certificate without actually having the private key anywhere.

As --infile isn't valid with --generate-request can some warning show up when a generating a certificate request without the private key being saved anywhere?

I'm sure there's other invalid and dangerous combinations here too.


failed certtool user :-)

Daniel Black <danblack>


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