[erlang-questions] PKCS-7 signing

James Wheare <>
Tue Nov 26 02:47:07 CET 2013


Unfortunately the manifest is customised with an authentication token
for each user, so you can't just reuse a one time signature. Sounds
like calling openssl directly might be the best bet for now :/

Thanks

On Mon, Nov 25, 2013 at 9:30 PM, Szoboszlay Dániel
<> wrote:
> Hi,
>
> If it is only a manifest file that (I assume) doesn't change very often I
> would rather use "openssl smime" to create the signature.
>
> I was looking into PKCS-7 signing with Erlang recently, but I could avoid
> doing it after all. My impression was that there is no direct support for it
> in OTP, so you'd either have to call the openssl routines via e.g. a port
> driver or use the existing crypto functions to sign your data and put
> together a SignedData structure according to RFC 2315 using the ASN.1
> application. Yet, I might be wrong.
>
> Daniel
>
>
> On Mon, 25 Nov 2013 20:55:04 -0000, James Wheare <> wrote:
>
>> Hullo,
>>
>> I'm working on implementing Apple's Push Notifications for Websites
>> system and having some trouble signing the "push package"
>>
>> The docs [1] say this:
>>
>> "The signature is a PKCS #7 detached signature of the manifest file.
>> Sign the manifest file with the private key associated with your web
>> push certificate that you obtained while registering with Apple. In
>> PHP, you can do this with the openssl_pkcs7_sign function"
>>
>> So I'm looking for an equivalent to PHP's openssl_pkcs7_sign [2] in
>> erlang.
>>
>> The release notes [3] for the public_key module seem to offer some
>> hope, with "experimental" PKCS-7 support announced in 0.17, but I
>> can't find anything about it in the docs [4]
>>
>> Any advice on solving this?
>>
>> Thanks,
>> - James
>>
>> [1]
>> https://developer.apple.com/library/mac/documentation/NetworkingInternet/Conceptual/NotificationProgrammingGuideForWebsites/PushNotifications/PushNotifications.html#//apple_ref/doc/uid/TP40013225-CH3-SW10
>> [2] http://php.net/manual/en/function.openssl-pkcs7-sign.php
>> [3] http://www.erlang.org/doc/apps/public_key/notes.html
>> [4] http://erlang.org/doc/man/public_key.html
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