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   5. The time at which the status being indicated is known to be
   correct (thisUpdate) is sufficiently recent.

   6. When available, the time at or before which newer information will
   be available about the status of the certificate (nextUpdate) is
   greater than the current time.

4.  Detailed Protocol

   The ASN.1 syntax imports terms defined in [RFC2459]. For signature
   calculation, the data to be signed is encoded using the ASN.1
   distinguished encoding rules (DER) [X.690].

   ASN.1 EXPLICIT tagging is used as a default unless specified
   otherwise.

   The terms imported from elsewhere are: Extensions,
   CertificateSerialNumber, SubjectPublicKeyInfo, Name,
   AlgorithmIdentifier, CRLReason

4.1  Requests

   This section specifies the ASN.1 specification for a confirmation
   request. The actual formatting of the message could vary depending on
   the transport mechanism used (HTTP, SMTP, LDAP, etc.).

4.1.1  Request Syntax

   OCSPRequest     ::=     SEQUENCE {
       tbsRequest                  TBSRequest,
       optionalSignature   [0]     EXPLICIT Signature OPTIONAL }

   TBSRequest      ::=     SEQUENCE {




 
RFC 2560                       PKIX OCSP                       June 1999


       version             [0]     EXPLICIT Version DEFAULT v1,
       requestorName       [1]     EXPLICIT GeneralName OPTIONAL,
       requestList                 SEQUENCE OF Request,
       requestExtensions   [2]     EXPLICIT Extensions OPTIONAL }

   Signature       ::=     SEQUENCE {
       signatureAlgorithm      AlgorithmIdentifier,
       signature               BIT STRING,
       certs               [0] EXPLICIT SEQUENCE OF Certificate
   OPTIONAL}

   Version         ::=             INTEGER  {  v1(0) }

   Request         ::=     SEQUENCE {
       reqCert                     CertID,
       singleRequestExtensions     [0] EXPLICIT Extensions OPTIONAL }

   CertID          ::=     SEQUENCE {
       hashAlgorithm       AlgorithmIdentifier,
       issuerNameHash      OCTET STRING, -- Hash of Issuer's DN
       issuerKeyHash       OCTET STRING, -- Hash of Issuers public key
       serialNumber        CertificateSerialNumber }

   issuerNameHash is the hash of the Issuer's distinguished name. The
   hash shall be calculated over the DER encoding of the issuer's name
   field in the certificate being checked. issuerKeyHash is the hash of
   the Issuer's public key. The hash shall be calculated over the value
   (excluding tag and length) of the subject public key field in the
   issuer's certificate. The hash algorithm used for both these hashes,
   is identified in hashAlgorithm. serialNumber is the serial number of
   the certificate for which status is being requested.

4.1.2  Notes on the Request Syntax

   The primary reason to use the hash of the CA's public key in addition
   to the hash of the CA's name, to identify the issuer, is that it is
   possible that two CAs may choose to use the same Name (uniqueness in
   the Name is a recommendation that cannot be enforced). Two CAs will
   never, however, have the same public key unless the CAs either
   explicitly decided to share their private key, or the key of one of
   the CAs was compromised.

   Support for any specific extension is OPTIONAL. The critical flag
   SHOULD NOT be set for any of them.  Section 4.4 suggests several
   useful extensions.  Additional extensions MAY be defined in
   additional RFCs. Unrecognized extensions MUST be ignored (unless they
   have the critical flag set and are not understood).





 
RFC 2560                       PKIX OCSP                       June 1999


   The requestor MAY choose to sign the OCSP request. In that case, the
   signature is computed over the tbsRequest structure. If the request
   is signed, the requestor SHALL specify its name in the requestorName
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