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Simple X509 certificate parser; forked verion from Southern/x509


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0.4.10 (2023-03-30)

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node-x509

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Simple X509 certificate parser.

This is a fork of the original node-x509 parser - with the same level of function but confirmed working across LTS node versions (v8, v10, v12).

Installation

From NPM (recommended): npm install x509

Building and testing from source:

sudo npm install -g node-gyp
npm install
npm test

Usage

Reading from a file:

const x509 = require('x509');
var issuer = x509.getIssuer(__dirname + '/certs/your.crt');

Reading from a string:

const fs = require('fs'),
      x509 = require('x509');
var issuer = x509.getIssuer(fs.readFileSync('./certs/your.crt').toString());

Methods

Notes:

  • cert may be a filename or a raw base64 encoded PEM string in any of these methods.
x509.getAltNames(cert)

Parse certificate with x509.parseCert and return the alternate names.

const x509 = require('x509');
var altNames = x509.getAltNames(__dirname + '/certs/nodejitsu.com.crt');
/*
altNames = [ '*.nodejitsu.com', 'nodejitsu.com' ]
*/
x509.getIssuer(cert)

Parse certificate with x509.parseCert and return the issuer.

const x509 = require('x509');
var issuer = x509.getIssuer(__dirname + '/certs/nodejitsu.com.crt');
/*
issuer = { countryName: 'GB',
  stateOrProvinceName: 'Greater Manchester',
  localityName: 'Salford',
  organizationName: 'COMODO CA Limited',
  commonName: 'COMODO High-Assurance Secure Server CA' }
*/
x509.getSubject(cert)

Parse certificate with x509.parseCert and return the subject.

const x509 = require('x509');
var subject = x509.getSubject(__dirname + '/certs/nodejitsu.com.crt');
/*
subject = { countryName: 'US',
  postalCode: '10010',
  stateOrProvinceName: 'NY',
  localityName: 'New York',
  streetAddress: '902 Broadway, 4th Floor',
  organizationName: 'Nodejitsu',
  organizationalUnitName: 'PremiumSSL Wildcard',
  commonName: '*.nodejitsu.com' }
*/
x509.parseCert(cert)

Parse subject, issuer, valid before and after date, and alternate names from certificate.

const x509 = require('x509');
var cert = x509.parseCert(__dirname + '/certs/nodejitsu.com.crt');
/*
cert = { subject:
   { countryName: 'US',
     postalCode: '10010',
     stateOrProvinceName: 'NY',
     localityName: 'New York',
     streetAddress: '902 Broadway, 4th Floor',
     organizationName: 'Nodejitsu',
     organizationalUnitName: 'PremiumSSL Wildcard',
     commonName: '*.nodejitsu.com' },
  issuer:
   { countryName: 'GB',
     stateOrProvinceName: 'Greater Manchester',
     localityName: 'Salford',
     organizationName: 'COMODO CA Limited',
     commonName: 'COMODO High-Assurance Secure Server CA' },
  notBefore: Sun Oct 28 2012 20:00:00 GMT-0400 (EDT),
  notAfter: Wed Nov 26 2014 18:59:59 GMT-0500 (EST),
  altNames: [ '*.nodejitsu.com', 'nodejitsu.com' ],
  signatureAlgorithm: 'sha1WithRSAEncryption',
  fingerPrint: 'E4:7E:24:8E:86:D2:BE:55:C0:4D:41:A1:C2:0E:06:96:56:B9:8E:EC',
  publicKey: {
    algorithm: 'rsaEncryption',
    e: '65537',
    n: '.......' } }
*/
x509.verify(cert, CABundlePath, function(err, result){ /.../})

Performs basic certificate validation against a bundle of ca certificates.

It accepts an error-first callback as first argument. If the error is null, then the certificate is valid.

The error messages are the same returned by openssl: x509_verify_cert_error_string

Note: As now, this function only accepts absolute paths to existing files as arguments

const x509 = require('x509');

x509.verify(
  __dirname + '/certs/user.com.crt',
  __dirname + 'enduser-example.com.chain',
  function(err, result){ /*...*/}
);

Examples

Checking the date to make sure the certificate is active:

const x509 = require('x509');
var cert = x509.parseCert('yourcert.crt'),
    date = new Date();

if (cert.notBefore > date) {
  // Certificate isn't active yet.
}
if (cert.notAfter < date) {
  // Certificate has expired.
}

License

MIT

Alternative implementation / build issues

If you are suffering from hard to fix build issues, there is an alternative (pure javascript) implementation using emscripten: https://github.com/encharm/x509.js (based on node-x509, slightly different API)

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Last updated on 30 Mar 2023

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