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RSA(1)				    OpenSSL				RSA(1)

NAME
       rsa - RSA key processing	tool

SYNOPSIS
       openssl rsa [-inform PEM|NET|DER] [-outform PEM|NET|DER]	[-in filename]
       [-passin	arg] [-out filename] [-passout arg] [-sgckey] [-des] [-des3]
       [-idea] [-text] [-noout]	[-modulus] [-check] [-pubin] [-pubout]
       [-engine	id]

DESCRIPTION
       The rsa command processes RSA keys. They	can be converted between
       various forms and their components printed out. Note this command uses
       the traditional SSLeay compatible format	for private key	encryption:
       newer applications should use the more secure PKCS#8 format using the
       pkcs8 utility.

COMMAND	OPTIONS
       -inform DER|NET|PEM
	   This	specifies the input format. The	DER option uses	an ASN1	DER
	   encoded form	compatible with	the PKCS#1 RSAPrivateKey or
	   SubjectPublicKeyInfo	format.	 The PEM form is the default format:
	   it consists of the DER format base64	encoded	with additional	header
	   and footer lines. On	input PKCS#8 format private keys are also
	   accepted. The NET form is a format is described in the NOTES
	   section.

       -outform	DER|NET|PEM
	   This	specifies the output format, the options have the same meaning
	   as the -inform option.

       -in filename
	   This	specifies the input filename to	read a key from	or standard
	   input if this option	is not specified. If the key is	encrypted a
	   pass	phrase will be prompted	for.

       -passin arg
	   the input file password source. For more information	about the
	   format of arg see the PASS PHRASE ARGUMENTS section in openssl(1).

       -out filename
	   This	specifies the output filename to write a key to	or standard
	   output if this option is not	specified. If any encryption options
	   are set then	a pass phrase will be prompted for. The	output
	   filename should not be the same as the input	filename.

       -passout	password
	   the output file password source. For	more information about the
	   format of arg see the PASS PHRASE ARGUMENTS section in openssl(1).

       -sgckey
	   use the modified NET	algorithm used with some versions of Microsoft
	   IIS and SGC keys.

       -des|-des3|-idea
	   These options encrypt the private key with the DES, triple DES, or
	   the IDEA ciphers respectively before	outputting it. A pass phrase
	   is prompted for.  If	none of	these options is specified the key is
	   written in plain text. This means that using	the rsa	utility	to
	   read	in an encrypted	key with no encryption option can be used to
	   remove the pass phrase from a key, or by setting the	encryption
	   options it can be use to add	or change the pass phrase.  These
	   options can only be used with PEM format output files.

       -text
	   prints out the various public or private key	components in plain
	   text	in addition to the encoded version.

       -noout
	   this	option prevents	output of the encoded version of the key.

       -modulus
	   this	option prints out the value of the modulus of the key.

       -check
	   this	option checks the consistency of an RSA	private	key.

       -pubin
	   by default a	private	key is read from the input file: with this
	   option a public key is read instead.

       -pubout
	   by default a	private	key is output: with this option	a public key
	   will	be output instead. This	option is automatically	set if the
	   input is a public key.

       -engine id
	   specifying an engine	(by it's unique	id string) will	cause req to
	   attempt to obtain a functional reference to the specified engine,
	   thus	initialising it	if needed. The engine will then	be set as the
	   default for all available algorithms.

NOTES
       The PEM private key format uses the header and footer lines:

	-----BEGIN RSA PRIVATE KEY-----
	-----END RSA PRIVATE KEY-----

       The PEM public key format uses the header and footer lines:

	-----BEGIN PUBLIC KEY-----
	-----END PUBLIC	KEY-----

       The NET form is a format	compatible with	older Netscape servers and
       Microsoft IIS .key files, this uses unsalted RC4	for its	encryption.
       It is not very secure and so should only	be used	when necessary.

       Some newer version of IIS have additional data in the exported .key
       files. To use these with	the utility, view the file with	a binary
       editor and look for the string "private-key", then trace	back to	the
       byte sequence 0x30, 0x82	(this is an ASN1 SEQUENCE). Copy all the data
       from this point onwards to another file and use that as the input to
       the rsa utility with the	-inform	NET option. If you get an error	after
       entering	the password try the -sgckey option.

EXAMPLES
       To remove the pass phrase on an RSA private key:

	openssl	rsa -in	key.pem	-out keyout.pem

       To encrypt a private key	using triple DES:

	openssl	rsa -in	key.pem	-des3 -out keyout.pem

       To convert a private key	from PEM to DER	format:

	openssl	rsa -in	key.pem	-outform DER -out keyout.der

       To print	out the	components of a	private	key to standard	output:

	openssl	rsa -in	key.pem	-text -noout

       To just output the public part of a private key:

	openssl	rsa -in	key.pem	-pubout	-out pubkey.pem

BUGS
       The command line	password arguments don't currently work	with NET
       format.

       There should be an option that automatically handles .key files,
       without having to manually edit them.

SEE ALSO
       pkcs8(1), dsa(1), genrsa(1), gendsa(1)

0.9.8za				  2014-06-05				RSA(1)

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