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crypto/x509: ParseCertificate returns a certificate with MaxPathLen of -1 if pathLenConstraint is not set #19285

cyli opened this issue Feb 25, 2017 · 2 comments


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@cyli cyli commented Feb 25, 2017

Please answer these questions before submitting your issue. Thanks!

What version of Go are you using (go version)?

go version go1.7.4 darwin/amd64

What operating system and processor architecture are you using (go env)?

GOGCCFLAGS="-fPIC -m64 -pthread -fno-caret-diagnostics -Qunused-arguments -fmessage-length=0 -fdebug-prefix-map=/var/folders/v9/wzpq8hm56b943960j1qrnblm0000gp/T/go-build860790401=/tmp/go-build -gno-record-gcc-switches -fno-common"

What did you do?

I parsed a CA certificate which did not have pathLenConstraint set:

What did you expect to see?

Given the following comment in

        // MaxPathLenZero indicates that BasicConstraintsValid==true and
        // MaxPathLen==0 should be interpreted as an actual maximum path length
        // of zero. Otherwise, that combination is interpreted as MaxPathLen
        // not being set.

and that RFC5280 specifies that the pathLenConstraint must be >= 0, I expected to see MaxPathLen as 0 and MaxPathLenZero as false.

What did you see instead?

MaxPathLen was -1 and MaxPathLenZero was false.

I don't oppose using -1 to indicate that it wasn't set, but comments for MaxPathLen, etc. imply that -1 is not valid. If -1 is a valid value, should the docs be updated and possibly MaxPathLenZero be deprecated?

@odeke-em odeke-em changed the title x509.ParseCertificate returns a certificate with a -1 MaxPathLen if pathLenConstraint is not set crypto/x509: ParseCertificate returns a certificate with MaxPathLen of -1 if pathLenConstraint is not set Feb 25, 2017
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@odeke-em odeke-em commented Feb 25, 2017

/cc @agl

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@gopherbot gopherbot commented Jun 19, 2017

CL mentions this issue.

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