SSL_CTX_set_max_cert_listSection: OpenSSL (3)
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NAMESSL_CTX_set_max_cert_list, SSL_CTX_get_max_cert_list, SSL_set_max_cert_list, SSL_get_max_cert_list, - manipulate allowed for the peer's certificate chain
long SSL_CTX_set_max_cert_list(SSL_CTX *ctx, long size); long SSL_CTX_get_max_cert_list(SSL_CTX *ctx);
long SSL_set_max_cert_list(SSL *ssl, long size); long SSL_get_max_cert_list(SSL *ctx);
DESCRIPTIONSSL_CTX_set_max_cert_list() sets the maximum size allowed for the peer's certificate chain for all SSL objects created from ctx to be <size> bytes. The SSL objects inherit the setting valid for ctx at the time SSL_new(3) is being called.
SSL_CTX_get_max_cert_list() returns the currently set maximum size for ctx.
SSL_set_max_cert_list() sets the maximum size allowed for the peer's certificate chain for ssl to be <size> bytes. This setting stays valid until a new value is set.
NOTESDuring the handshake process, the peer may send a certificate chain. The TLS/SSL standard does not give any maximum size of the certificate chain. The OpenSSL library handles incoming data by a dynamically allocated buffer. In order to prevent this buffer from growing without bounds due to data received from a faulty or malicious peer, a maximum size for the certificate chain is set.
The default value for the maximum certificate chain size is 100kB (30kB on the 16bit DOS platform). This should be sufficient for usual certificate chains (OpenSSL's default maximum chain length is 10, see SSL_CTX_set_verify(3), and certificates without special extensions have a typical size of 1-2kB).
For special applications it can be necessary to extend the maximum certificate chain size allowed to be sent by the peer, see e.g. the work on ``Internet X.509 Public Key Infrastructure Proxy Certificate Profile'' and ``TLS Delegation Protocol'' at http://www.ietf.org/ and http://www.globus.org/ .
Under normal conditions it should never be necessary to set a value smaller than the default, as the buffer is handled dynamically and only uses the memory actually required by the data sent by the peer.
RETURN VALUESSSL_CTX_set_max_cert_list() and SSL_set_max_cert_list() return the previously set value.
SEE ALSOssl(3), SSL_new(3), SSL_CTX_set_verify(3)
HISTORYSSL*_set/get_max_cert_list() have been introduced in OpenSSL 0.9.7.