Bug 509132 - certutil -O only lists trusted certs in a chain
certutil -O only lists trusted certs in a chain
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: nss (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Kai Engert (:kaie)
Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Blocks: 509111 517000
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Reported: 2009-07-01 09:51 EDT by Rob Crittenden
Modified: 2010-07-06 13:36 EDT (History)
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Description Rob Crittenden 2009-07-01 09:51:33 EDT
Description of problem:

certutil -O is used to print the chain of a certificate.

#  certutil -O -n Server-Cert -d /etc/dirsrv/slapd-EXAMPLE-COM/
"CA certificate" [CN=IPA Test Certificate Authority]

  "Server-Cert" [CN=saturn.example.com,OU=Fedora Directory Server]

In previous versions of nss this will print the entire chain whether the CA certs are trusted or not. With F-11 this only includes those certs that are trusted:

The previous call was made with a trusted CA cert.

# certutil -L -d /etc/dirsrv/slapd-GREYOAK-COM/

Certificate Nickname                                         Trust Attributes

Server-Cert                                                  u,u,u
CA certificate                                               CT,, 

If we remove the trust and re-run the command then then CA drops from the list:

# certutil -M -t ,,, -n "CA certificate" -d /etc/dirsrv/slapd-EXAMPLE-COM/
# certutil -O -n Server-Cert -d /etc/dirsrv/slapd-EXAMPLE-COM/
"Server-Cert" [CN=saturn.example.com,OU=Fedora Directory Server]

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How reproducible:

I ran into this during IPA development but it is trivial to reproduce a database that exhibits this.
Comment 1 Kai Engert (:kaie) 2009-08-20 08:25:08 EDT
Do you have reason to believe this is a regression specific to the Fedora packaging of NSS?

If not, this should be brought to the intention of the upstream NSS developers by filing a bug at bugzilla.mozilla.org product NSS. Could you please do it, or want me to do that? Thanks.
Comment 2 Rob Crittenden 2009-08-20 08:33:48 EDT
I'm not sure where the problem lies, though it may be a safe assumption that this is an upstream regression. I'd prefer it if you filed the upstream bug.
Comment 3 Kai Engert (:kaie) 2009-08-20 09:00:40 EDT
Reported upstream:
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Comment 5 Bug Zapper 2010-06-28 09:24:54 EDT
Fedora 11 changed to end-of-life (EOL) status on 2010-06-25. Fedora 11 is 
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Comment 6 Rob Crittenden 2010-07-06 13:36:29 EDT
To close the loop on this, the underlying problem is that the CA we issued lacked the CA basic constraint so wasn't seen as a CA by NSS, hence wasn't being displayed.

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