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PKCS8(1)			    OpenSSL			      PKCS8(1)

NAME
       pkcs8 - PKCS#8 format private key conversion tool

SYNOPSIS
       openssl pkcs8 [-topk8] [-inform PEM|DER]	[-outform PEM|DER] [-in	file-
       name] [-passin arg] [-out filename] [-passout arg] [-noiter] [-nocrypt]
       [-nooct]	[-embed] [-nsdb] [-v2 alg] [-v1	alg] [-engine id]

DESCRIPTION
       The pkcs8 command processes private keys	in PKCS#8 format. It can han-
       dle both	unencrypted PKCS#8 PrivateKeyInfo format and EncryptedPri-
       vateKeyInfo format with a variety of PKCS#5 (v1.5 and v2.0) and PKCS#12
       algorithms.

COMMAND	OPTIONS
       -topk8
	   Normally a PKCS#8 private key is expected on	input and a tradi-
	   tional format private key will be written. With the -topk8 option
	   the situation is reversed: it reads a traditional format private
	   key and writes a PKCS#8 format key.

       -inform DER|PEM
	   This	specifies the input format. If a PKCS#8	format key is expected
	   on input then either	a DER or PEM encoded version of	a PKCS#8 key
	   will	be expected. Otherwise the DER or PEM format of	the tradi-
	   tional format private key is	used.

       -outform	DER|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 for-
	   mat 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 by default. 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	arg
	   the output file password source. For	more information about the
	   format of arg see the PASS PHRASE ARGUMENTS section in openssl(1).

       -nocrypt
	   PKCS#8 keys generated or input are normally PKCS#8 EncryptedPri-
	   vateKeyInfo structures using	an appropriate password	based encryp-
	   tion	algorithm. With	this option an unencrypted PrivateKeyInfo
	   structure is	expected or output.  This option does not encrypt pri-
	   vate	keys at	all and	should only be used when absolutely necessary.
	   Certain software such as some versions of Java code signing soft-
	   ware	used unencrypted private keys.

       -nooct
	   This	option generates RSA private keys in a broken format that some
	   software uses. Specifically the private key should be enclosed in a
	   OCTET STRING	but some software just includes	the structure itself
	   without the surrounding OCTET STRING.

       -embed
	   This	option generates DSA keys in a broken format. The DSA parame-
	   ters	are embedded inside the	PrivateKey structure. In this form the
	   OCTET STRING	contains an ASN1 SEQUENCE consisting of	two struc-
	   tures: a SEQUENCE containing	the parameters and an ASN1 INTEGER
	   containing the private key.

       -nsdb
	   This	option generates DSA keys in a broken format compatible	with
	   Netscape private key	databases. The PrivateKey contains a SEQUENCE
	   consisting of the public and	private	keys respectively.

       -v2 alg
	   This	option enables the use of PKCS#5 v2.0 algorithms. Normally
	   PKCS#8 private keys are encrypted with the password based encryp-
	   tion	algorithm called pbeWithMD5AndDES-CBC this uses	56 bit DES en-
	   cryption but	it was the strongest encryption	algorithm supported in
	   PKCS#5 v1.5.	Using the -v2 option PKCS#5 v2.0 algorithms are	used
	   which can use any encryption	algorithm such as 168 bit triple DES
	   or 128 bit RC2 however not many implementations support PKCS#5 v2.0
	   yet.	If you are just	using private keys with	OpenSSL	then this
	   doesn't matter.

	   The alg argument is the encryption algorithm	to use,	valid values
	   include des,	des3 and rc2. It is recommended	that des3 is used.

       -v1 alg
	   This	option specifies a PKCS#5 v1.5 or PKCS#12 algorithm to use. A
	   complete list of possible algorithms	is included below.

       -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 encrypted form of a PEM encode PKCS#8 files uses the	following
       headers and footers:

	-----BEGIN ENCRYPTED PRIVATE KEY-----
	-----END ENCRYPTED PRIVATE KEY-----

       The unencrypted form uses:

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

       Private keys encrypted using PKCS#5 v2.0	algorithms and high iteration
       counts are more secure that those encrypted using the traditional
       SSLeay compatible formats. So if	additional security is considered im-
       portant the keys	should be converted.

       The default encryption is only 56 bits because this is the encryption
       that most current implementations of PKCS#8 will	support.

       Some software may use PKCS#12 password based encryption algorithms with
       PKCS#8 format private keys: these are handled automatically but there
       is no option to produce them.

       It is possible to write out DER encoded encrypted private keys in
       PKCS#8 format because the encryption details are	included at an ASN1
       level whereas the traditional format includes them at a PEM level.

PKCS#5 v1.5 and	PKCS#12	algorithms.
       Various algorithms can be used with the -v1 command line	option,	in-
       cluding PKCS#5 v1.5 and PKCS#12.	These are described in more detail be-
       low.

       PBE-MD2-DES PBE-MD5-DES
	   These algorithms were included in the original PKCS#5 v1.5 specifi-
	   cation.  They only offer 56 bits of protection since	they both use
	   DES.

       PBE-SHA1-RC2-64 PBE-MD2-RC2-64 PBE-MD5-RC2-64 PBE-SHA1-DES
	   These algorithms are	not mentioned in the original PKCS#5 v1.5
	   specification but they use the same key derivation algorithm	and
	   are supported by some software. They	are mentioned in PKCS#5	v2.0.
	   They	use either 64 bit RC2 or 56 bit	DES.

       PBE-SHA1-RC4-128	PBE-SHA1-RC4-40	PBE-SHA1-3DES PBE-SHA1-2DES
       PBE-SHA1-RC2-128	PBE-SHA1-RC2-40
	   These algorithms use	the PKCS#12 password based encryption algo-
	   rithm and allow strong encryption algorithms	like triple DES	or 128
	   bit RC2 to be used.

EXAMPLES
       Convert a private from traditional to PKCS#5 v2.0 format	using triple
       DES:

	openssl	pkcs8 -in key.pem -topk8 -v2 des3 -out enckey.pem

       Convert a private key to	PKCS#8 using a PKCS#5 1.5 compatible algorithm
       (DES):

	openssl	pkcs8 -in key.pem -topk8 -out enckey.pem

       Convert a private key to	PKCS#8 using a PKCS#12 compatible algorithm
       (3DES):

	openssl	pkcs8 -in key.pem -topk8 -out enckey.pem -v1 PBE-SHA1-3DES

       Read a DER unencrypted PKCS#8 format private key:

	openssl	pkcs8 -inform DER -nocrypt -in key.der -out key.pem

       Convert a private key from any PKCS#8 format to traditional format:

	openssl	pkcs8 -in pk8.pem -out key.pem

STANDARDS
       Test vectors from this PKCS#5 v2.0 implementation were posted to	the
       pkcs-tng	mailing	list using triple DES, DES and RC2 with	high iteration
       counts, several people confirmed	that they could	decrypt	the private
       keys produced and Therefore it can be assumed that the PKCS#5 v2.0 im-
       plementation is reasonably accurate at least as far as these algorithms
       are concerned.

       The format of PKCS#8 DSA	(and other) private keys is not	well docu-
       mented: it is hidden away in PKCS#11 v2.01, section 11.9. OpenSSL's de-
       fault DSA PKCS#8	private	key format complies with this standard.

BUGS
       There should be an option that prints out the encryption	algorithm in
       use and other details such as the iteration count.

       PKCS#8 using triple DES and PKCS#5 v2.0 should be the default private
       key format for OpenSSL: for compatibility several of the	utilities use
       the old format at present.

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

0.9.7d				  2005-02-25			      PKCS8(1)

NAME | SYNOPSIS | DESCRIPTION | COMMAND OPTIONS | NOTES | PKCS#5 v1.5 and PKCS#12 algorithms. | EXAMPLES | STANDARDS | BUGS | SEE ALSO

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