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X509CRL

public abstract class X509CRL
extends CRL implements X509Extension

java.lang.Object
   ↳ java.security.cert.CRL
     ↳ java.security.cert.X509CRL


Abstract class for an X.509 Certificate Revocation List (CRL). A CRL is a time-stamped list identifying revoked certificates. It is signed by a Certificate Authority (CA) and made freely available in a public repository.

Each revoked certificate is identified in a CRL by its certificate serial number. When a certificate-using system uses a certificate (e.g., for verifying a remote user's digital signature), that system not only checks the certificate signature and validity but also acquires a suitably- recent CRL and checks that the certificate serial number is not on that CRL. The meaning of "suitably-recent" may vary with local policy, but it usually means the most recently-issued CRL. A CA issues a new CRL on a regular periodic basis (e.g., hourly, daily, or weekly). Entries are added to CRLs as revocations occur, and an entry may be removed when the certificate expiration date is reached.

The X.509 v2 CRL format is described below in ASN.1:

 CertificateList  ::=  SEQUENCE  {
     tbsCertList          TBSCertList,
     signatureAlgorithm   AlgorithmIdentifier,
     signature            BIT STRING  }
 

More information can be found in RFC 3280: Internet X.509 Public Key Infrastructure Certificate and CRL Profile.

The ASN.1 definition of tbsCertList is:

 TBSCertList  ::=  SEQUENCE  {
     version                 Version OPTIONAL,
                             -- if present, must be v2
     signature               AlgorithmIdentifier,
     issuer                  Name,
     thisUpdate              ChoiceOfTime,
     nextUpdate              ChoiceOfTime OPTIONAL,
     revokedCertificates     SEQUENCE OF SEQUENCE  {
         userCertificate         CertificateSerialNumber,
         revocationDate          ChoiceOfTime,
         crlEntryExtensions      Extensions OPTIONAL
                                 -- if present, must be v2
         }  OPTIONAL,
     crlExtensions           [0]  EXPLICIT Extensions OPTIONAL
                                  -- if present, must be v2
     }
 

CRLs are instantiated using a certificate factory. The following is an example of how to instantiate an X.509 CRL:


 InputStream inStream = null;
 try {
     inStream = new FileInputStream("fileName-of-crl");
     CertificateFactory cf = CertificateFactory.getInstance("X.509");
     X509CRL crl = (X509CRL)cf.generateCRL(inStream);
 } finally {
     if (inStream != null) {
         inStream.close();
     }
 }
 

See also:

Summary

Protected constructors

X509CRL()

Constructor for X.509 CRLs.

Public methods

boolean equals(Object other)

Compares this CRL for equality with the given object.

abstract byte[] getEncoded()

Returns the ASN.1 DER-encoded form of this CRL.

abstract Principal getIssuerDN()

Denigrated, replaced by getIssuerX500Principal().

X500Principal getIssuerX500Principal()

Returns the issuer (issuer distinguished name) value from the CRL as an X500Principal.

abstract Date getNextUpdate()

Gets the nextUpdate date from the CRL.

X509CRLEntry getRevokedCertificate(X509Certificate certificate)

Get the CRL entry, if any, for the given certificate.

abstract X509CRLEntry getRevokedCertificate(BigInteger serialNumber)

Gets the CRL entry, if any, with the given certificate serialNumber.

abstract Set<? extends X509CRLEntry> getRevokedCertificates()

Gets all the entries from this CRL.

abstract String getSigAlgName()

Gets the signature algorithm name for the CRL signature algorithm.

abstract String getSigAlgOID()

Gets the signature algorithm OID string from the CRL.

abstract byte[] getSigAlgParams()

Gets the DER-encoded signature algorithm parameters from this CRL's signature algorithm.

abstract byte[] getSignature()

Gets the signature value (the raw signature bits) from the CRL.

abstract byte[] getTBSCertList()

Gets the DER-encoded CRL information, the tbsCertList from this CRL.

abstract Date getThisUpdate()

Gets the thisUpdate date from the CRL.

abstract int getVersion()

Gets the version (version number) value from the CRL.

int hashCode()

Returns a hashcode value for this CRL from its encoded form.

abstract void verify(PublicKey key)

Verifies that this CRL was signed using the private key that corresponds to the given public key.

abstract void verify(PublicKey key, String sigProvider)

Verifies that this CRL was signed using the private key that corresponds to the given public key.

Inherited methods

From class java.security.cert.CRL
From class java.lang.Object
From interface java.security.cert.X509Extension

Protected constructors

X509CRL

Added in API level 1
X509CRL ()

Constructor for X.509 CRLs.

Public methods

equals

Added in API level 1
boolean equals (Object other)

Compares this CRL for equality with the given object. If the other object is an instanceof X509CRL, then its encoded form is retrieved and compared with the encoded form of this CRL.

Parameters
other Object: the object to test for equality with this CRL.
Returns
boolean true iff the encoded forms of the two CRLs match, false otherwise.

getEncoded

Added in API level 1
byte[] getEncoded ()

Returns the ASN.1 DER-encoded form of this CRL.

Returns
byte[] the encoded form of this certificate
Throws
CRLException if an encoding error occurs.

getIssuerDN

Added in API level 1
Principal getIssuerDN ()

Denigrated, replaced by getIssuerX500Principal(). This method returns the issuer as an implementation specific Principal object, which should not be relied upon by portable code.

Gets the issuer (issuer distinguished name) value from the CRL. The issuer name identifies the entity that signed (and issued) the CRL.

The issuer name field contains an X.500 distinguished name (DN). The ASN.1 definition for this is:

 issuer    Name

 Name ::= CHOICE { RDNSequence }
 RDNSequence ::= SEQUENCE OF RelativeDistinguishedName
 RelativeDistinguishedName ::=
     SET OF AttributeValueAssertion

 AttributeValueAssertion ::= SEQUENCE {
                               AttributeType,
                               AttributeValue }
 AttributeType ::= OBJECT IDENTIFIER
 AttributeValue ::= ANY
 
The Name describes a hierarchical name composed of attributes, such as country name, and corresponding values, such as US. The type of the AttributeValue component is determined by the AttributeType; in general it will be a directoryString. A directoryString is usually one of PrintableString, TeletexString or UniversalString.

Returns
Principal a Principal whose name is the issuer distinguished name.

getIssuerX500Principal

Added in API level 1
X500Principal getIssuerX500Principal ()

Returns the issuer (issuer distinguished name) value from the CRL as an X500Principal.

It is recommended that subclasses override this method.

Returns
X500Principal an X500Principal representing the issuer distinguished name

getNextUpdate

Added in API level 1
Date getNextUpdate ()

Gets the nextUpdate date from the CRL.

Returns
Date the nextUpdate date from the CRL, or null if not present.

getRevokedCertificate

Added in API level 1
X509CRLEntry getRevokedCertificate (X509Certificate certificate)

Get the CRL entry, if any, for the given certificate.

This method can be used to lookup CRL entries in indirect CRLs, that means CRLs that contain entries from issuers other than the CRL issuer. The default implementation will only return entries for certificates issued by the CRL issuer. Subclasses that wish to support indirect CRLs should override this method.

Parameters
certificate X509Certificate: the certificate for which a CRL entry is to be looked up
Returns
X509CRLEntry the entry for the given certificate, or null if no such entry exists in this CRL.
Throws
NullPointerException if certificate is null

getRevokedCertificate

Added in API level 1
X509CRLEntry getRevokedCertificate (BigInteger serialNumber)

Gets the CRL entry, if any, with the given certificate serialNumber.

Parameters
serialNumber BigInteger: the serial number of the certificate for which a CRL entry is to be looked up
Returns
X509CRLEntry the entry with the given serial number, or null if no such entry exists in this CRL.

See also:

getRevokedCertificates

Added in API level 1
Set<? extends X509CRLEntry> getRevokedCertificates ()

Gets all the entries from this CRL. This returns a Set of X509CRLEntry objects.

Returns
Set<? extends X509CRLEntry> all the entries or null if there are none present.

See also:

getSigAlgName

Added in API level 1
String getSigAlgName ()

Gets the signature algorithm name for the CRL signature algorithm. An example is the string "SHA256withRSA". The ASN.1 definition for this is:

 signatureAlgorithm   AlgorithmIdentifier

AlgorithmIdentifier ::= SEQUENCE { algorithm OBJECT IDENTIFIER, parameters ANY DEFINED BY algorithm OPTIONAL } -- contains a value of the type -- registered for use with the -- algorithm object identifier value

The algorithm name is determined from the algorithm OID string.

Returns
String the signature algorithm name.

getSigAlgOID

Added in API level 1
String getSigAlgOID ()

Gets the signature algorithm OID string from the CRL. An OID is represented by a set of nonnegative whole numbers separated by periods. For example, the string "1.2.840.10040.4.3" identifies the SHA-1 with DSA signature algorithm defined in RFC 3279: Algorithms and Identifiers for the Internet X.509 Public Key Infrastructure Certificate and CRL Profile.

See getSigAlgName for relevant ASN.1 definitions.

Returns
String the signature algorithm OID string.

getSigAlgParams

Added in API level 1
byte[] getSigAlgParams ()

Gets the DER-encoded signature algorithm parameters from this CRL's signature algorithm. In most cases, the signature algorithm parameters are null; the parameters are usually supplied with the public key. If access to individual parameter values is needed then use AlgorithmParameters and instantiate with the name returned by getSigAlgName.

See getSigAlgName for relevant ASN.1 definitions.

Returns
byte[] the DER-encoded signature algorithm parameters, or null if no parameters are present.

getSignature

Added in API level 1
byte[] getSignature ()

Gets the signature value (the raw signature bits) from the CRL. The ASN.1 definition for this is:

 signature     BIT STRING
 

Returns
byte[] the signature.

getTBSCertList

Added in API level 1
byte[] getTBSCertList ()

Gets the DER-encoded CRL information, the tbsCertList from this CRL. This can be used to verify the signature independently.

Returns
byte[] the DER-encoded CRL information.
Throws
CRLException if an encoding error occurs.

getThisUpdate

Added in API level 1
Date getThisUpdate ()

Gets the thisUpdate date from the CRL. The ASN.1 definition for this is:

 thisUpdate   ChoiceOfTime
 ChoiceOfTime ::= CHOICE {
     utcTime        UTCTime,
     generalTime    GeneralizedTime }
 

Returns
Date the thisUpdate date from the CRL.

getVersion

Added in API level 1
int getVersion ()

Gets the version (version number) value from the CRL. The ASN.1 definition for this is:

 version    Version OPTIONAL,
             -- if present, must be v2

Version ::= INTEGER { v1(0), v2(1), v3(2) } -- v3 does not apply to CRLs but appears for consistency -- with definition of Version for certs

Returns
int the version number, i.e. 1 or 2.

hashCode

Added in API level 1
int hashCode ()

Returns a hashcode value for this CRL from its encoded form.

Returns
int the hashcode value.

verify

Added in API level 1
void verify (PublicKey key)

Verifies that this CRL was signed using the private key that corresponds to the given public key.

Parameters
key PublicKey: the PublicKey used to carry out the verification.
Throws
NoSuchAlgorithmException on unsupported signature algorithms.
InvalidKeyException on incorrect key.
NoSuchProviderException if there's no default provider.
SignatureException on signature errors.
CRLException on encoding errors.

verify

Added in API level 1
void verify (PublicKey key, 
                String sigProvider)

Verifies that this CRL was signed using the private key that corresponds to the given public key. This method uses the signature verification engine supplied by the given provider.

Parameters
key PublicKey: the PublicKey used to carry out the verification.
sigProvider String: the name of the signature provider.
Throws
NoSuchAlgorithmException on unsupported signature algorithms.
InvalidKeyException on incorrect key.
NoSuchProviderException on incorrect provider.
SignatureException on signature errors.
CRLException on encoding errors.
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