Updated: 2021/Apr/14

OBJ_nid2obj(3)                      OpenSSL                     OBJ_nid2obj(3)

       i2t_ASN1_OBJECT, OBJ_length, OBJ_get0_data, OBJ_nid2obj, OBJ_nid2ln,
       OBJ_nid2sn, OBJ_obj2nid, OBJ_txt2nid, OBJ_ln2nid, OBJ_sn2nid, OBJ_cmp,
       OBJ_dup, OBJ_txt2obj, OBJ_obj2txt, OBJ_create, OBJ_cleanup - ASN1
       object utility functions

       libcrypto, -lcrypto

        #include <openssl/objects.h>

        ASN1_OBJECT *OBJ_nid2obj(int n);
        const char *OBJ_nid2ln(int n);
        const char *OBJ_nid2sn(int n);

        int OBJ_obj2nid(const ASN1_OBJECT *o);
        int OBJ_ln2nid(const char *ln);
        int OBJ_sn2nid(const char *sn);

        int OBJ_txt2nid(const char *s);

        ASN1_OBJECT *OBJ_txt2obj(const char *s, int no_name);
        int OBJ_obj2txt(char *buf, int buf_len, const ASN1_OBJECT *a, int no_name);

        int i2t_ASN1_OBJECT(char *buf, int buf_len, const ASN1_OBJECT *a);

        int OBJ_cmp(const ASN1_OBJECT *a, const ASN1_OBJECT *b);
        ASN1_OBJECT *OBJ_dup(const ASN1_OBJECT *o);

        int OBJ_create(const char *oid, const char *sn, const char *ln);

        size_t OBJ_length(const ASN1_OBJECT *obj);
        const unsigned char *OBJ_get0_data(const ASN1_OBJECT *obj);


        #if OPENSSL_API_COMPAT < 0x10100000L
        void OBJ_cleanup(void)

       The ASN1 object utility functions process ASN1_OBJECT structures which
       are a representation of the ASN1 OBJECT IDENTIFIER (OID) type.  For
       convenience, OIDs are usually represented in source code as numeric
       identifiers, or NIDs.  OpenSSL has an internal table of OIDs that are
       generated when the library is built, and their corresponding NIDs are
       available as defined constants.  For the functions below, application
       code should treat all returned values -- OIDs, NIDs, or names -- as

       OBJ_nid2obj(), OBJ_nid2ln() and OBJ_nid2sn() convert the NID n to an
       ASN1_OBJECT structure, its long name and its short name respectively,
       or NULL if an error occurred.

       OBJ_obj2nid(), OBJ_ln2nid(), OBJ_sn2nid() return the corresponding NID
       for the object o, the long name <ln> or the short name <sn>
       respectively or NID_undef if an error occurred.

       OBJ_txt2nid() returns NID corresponding to text string <s>. s can be a
       long name, a short name or the numerical representation of an object.

       OBJ_txt2obj() converts the text string s into an ASN1_OBJECT structure.
       If no_name is 0 then long names and short names will be interpreted as
       well as numerical forms. If no_name is 1 only the numerical form is

       OBJ_obj2txt() converts the ASN1_OBJECT a into a textual representation.
       The representation is written as a null terminated string to buf at
       most buf_len bytes are written, truncating the result if necessary.
       The total amount of space required is returned. If no_name is 0 then if
       the object has a long or short name then that will be used, otherwise
       the numerical form will be used. If no_name is 1 then the numerical
       form will always be used.

       i2t_ASN1_OBJECT() is the same as OBJ_obj2txt() with the no_name set to

       OBJ_cmp() compares a to b. If the two are identical 0 is returned.

       OBJ_dup() returns a copy of o.

       OBJ_create() adds a new object to the internal table. oid is the
       numerical form of the object, sn the short name and ln the long name. A
       new NID is returned for the created object in case of success and
       NID_undef in case of failure.

       OBJ_length() returns the size of the content octets of obj.

       OBJ_get0_data() returns a pointer to the content octets of obj.  The
       returned pointer is an internal pointer which must not be freed.

       OBJ_cleanup() releases any resources allocated by creating new objects.

       Objects in OpenSSL can have a short name, a long name and a numerical
       identifier (NID) associated with them. A standard set of objects is
       represented in an internal table. The appropriate values are defined in
       the header file objects.h.

       For example the OID for commonName has the following definitions:

        #define SN_commonName                   "CN"
        #define LN_commonName                   "commonName"
        #define NID_commonName                  13

       New objects can be added by calling OBJ_create().

       Table objects have certain advantages over other objects: for example
       their NIDs can be used in a C language switch statement. They are also
       static constant structures which are shared: that is there is only a
       single constant structure for each table object.

       Objects which are not in the table have the NID value NID_undef.

       Objects do not need to be in the internal tables to be processed, the
       functions OBJ_txt2obj() and OBJ_obj2txt() can process the numerical
       form of an OID.

       Some objects are used to represent algorithms which do not have a
       corresponding ASN.1 OBJECT IDENTIFIER encoding (for example no OID
       currently exists for a particular algorithm). As a result they cannot
       be encoded or decoded as part of ASN.1 structures. Applications can
       determine if there is a corresponding OBJECT IDENTIFIER by checking
       OBJ_length() is not zero.

       These functions cannot return const because an ASN1_OBJECT can
       represent both an internal, constant, OID and a dynamically-created
       one.  The latter cannot be constant because it needs to be freed after

       OBJ_nid2obj() returns an ASN1_OBJECT structure or NULL is an error

       OBJ_nid2ln() and OBJ_nid2sn() returns a valid string or NULL on error.

       OBJ_obj2nid(), OBJ_ln2nid(), OBJ_sn2nid() and OBJ_txt2nid() return a
       NID or NID_undef on error.

       Create an object for commonName:

        ASN1_OBJECT *o = OBJ_nid2obj(NID_commonName);

       Check if an object is commonName

        if (OBJ_obj2nid(obj) == NID_commonName)
            /* Do something */

       Create a new NID and initialize an object from it:

        int new_nid = OBJ_create("", "NewOID", "New Object Identifier");
        ASN1_OBJECT *obj = OBJ_nid2obj(new_nid);

       Create a new object directly:

        obj = OBJ_txt2obj("", 1);

       OBJ_obj2txt() is awkward and messy to use: it doesn't follow the
       convention of other OpenSSL functions where the buffer can be set to
       NULL to determine the amount of data that should be written.  Instead
       buf must point to a valid buffer and buf_len should be set to a
       positive value. A buffer length of 80 should be more than enough to
       handle any OID encountered in practice.


       OBJ_cleanup() was deprecated in OpenSSL 1.1.0 by OPENSSL_init_crypto(3)
       and should not be used.

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       Licensed under the OpenSSL license (the "License").  You may not use
       this file except in compliance with the License.  You can obtain a copy
       in the file LICENSE in the source distribution or at

1.1.1i                            2019-06-09                    OBJ_nid2obj(3)