rsa - RSA key processing tool
SYNOPSISopenssl 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]
DESCRIPTIONThe 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.
NOTESThe 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 thse 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.
EXAMPLESTo 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
BUGSThe 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 ALSOpkcs8(1), dsa(1), genrsa(1), gendsa(1)
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