Create a Certificate Signing Request (CSR) with an email address in Go

I tried to generate a CSR using “crypto/x509” package and didn’t find the way to add a “emailAddress” field into its Subject.

According to the documentation CertificateRequest structure has a “EmailAddresses []string” field but it’s serialized into SAN extension. Here is a test code i used: http://play.golang.org/p/OtObaTyuTM

Also I created a CSR using “openssl req” program and compared results:

% openssl req -in openssl.csr -noout -text
Certificate Request:
    Data:
        Version: 0 (0x0)
        Subject: C=AU, ST=Some-State, L=MyCity, O=Company Ltd, OU=IT, CN=domain.com/[email protected]
        Subject Public Key Info:
            Public Key Algorithm: rsaEncryption
                Public-Key: (512 bit)
                Modulus:
                    00:a3:05:e3:37:63:f9:8b:d0:37:46:2d:a8:d9:26:
                    4e:be:83:1d:b9:30:88:2b:80:4b:53:cc:7c:01:86:
                    b0:9b:1d:3b:0a:05:c4:56:47:4e:5d:90:f9:5a:29:
                    8b:9a:7f:fa:4b:5e:e4:5d:dd:c6:8b:87:33:c4:b4:
                    fa:6b:b4:67:bd
                Exponent: 65537 (0x10001)
        Attributes:
            a0:00
    Signature Algorithm: sha1WithRSAEncryption
         0b:24:6e:0a:f9:bf:23:d7:41:5f:96:da:78:d1:99:18:fb:d6:
         71:7e:79:f0:02:e9:8a:50:a9:00:32:df:26:14:2f:f4:3e:c4:
         22:c9:5c:4e:79:c1:c2:22:1b:2a:da:79:6f:51:ba:8a:12:63:
         27:02:4a:b3:22:97:59:f7:6e:d6
===============================================================
 % openssl req -in golang.csr -noout -text
Certificate Request:
    Data:
        Version: 0 (0x0)
        Subject: C=AU, O=Company Ltd, OU=IT, L=MyCity, ST=Some-State, CN=domain.com
        Subject Public Key Info:
            Public Key Algorithm: rsaEncryption
                Public-Key: (512 bit)
                Modulus:
                    00:ac:b6:51:5b:53:44:44:20:91:da:01:45:72:49:
                    95:83:78:74:7c:05:f9:a7:77:88:02:3a:23:5f:04:
                    c3:69:45:b9:5a:bb:fd:e7:d3:24:5f:46:14:b8:7d:
                    30:ce:a0:c6:ea:e3:3b:ec:4c:75:24:cc:ce:60:1d:
                    e9:33:57:ae:21
                Exponent: 65537 (0x10001)
        Attributes:
        Requested Extensions:
            X509v3 Subject Alternative Name:
                email:[email protected]
    Signature Algorithm: sha256WithRSAEncryption
         a1:c1:b7:80:a0:f0:c3:b6:44:06:f4:ad:12:3a:67:19:fa:84:
         34:22:2a:d9:56:d9:8b:c9:a4:d0:cf:8d:a1:36:87:fa:75:b7:
         05:40:0a:15:1f:72:61:85:a8:09:bc:f4:13:e6:24:5e:2e:b7:
         99:e3:93:53:4e:2d:d5:0c:22:fc

To my mind I should build RawSubject field myself with emainAddress oid but I didn’t find any code samples. UPD: I’ve found the solution. As I mentioned above, the RawSubject field must be prepared manually:

subj := pkix.Name{
                CommonName:         cn,
                Country:            []string{c},
                Organization:       []string{o},
                OrganizationalUnit: []string{ou},
                Locality:           []string{l},
                Province:           []string{s},
}
rawSubj := subj.ToRDNSequence()
rawSubj = appendRDNs(rawSubj, []string{e}, oidEmailAddress)
asn1Subj, err := asn1.Marshal(rawSubj)
template := x509.CertificateRequest{
            RawSubject: asn1Subj,
            SignatureAlgorithm: x509.SHA1WithRSA,
}

where:

  • var oidEmailAddress = asn1.ObjectIdentifier{1, 2, 840, 113549, 1, 9, 1}
  • appendRDNs() is defined in crypto/x509/pkix (because its name doesn’t start with an uppercase letter, it’s not exported by default. You can just define it again as your own function with copy&paste).

I know mephist answered his own question, but he left a few things to piece together. So, for the sake of completeness (and because I've landed here twice in the past 2 years...) Here's a complete working example: https://play.golang.org/p/YL_qfPe4Zz

package main

import (
    "crypto/rand"
    "crypto/rsa"
    "crypto/x509"
    "crypto/x509/pkix"
    "encoding/asn1"
    "encoding/pem"
    "os"
)

var oidEmailAddress = asn1.ObjectIdentifier{1, 2, 840, 113549, 1, 9, 1}

func main() {
    keyBytes, _ := rsa.GenerateKey(rand.Reader, 1024)

    emailAddress := "[email protected]"
    subj := pkix.Name{
        CommonName:         "example.com",
        Country:            []string{"AU"},
        Province:           []string{"Some-State"},
        Locality:           []string{"MyCity"},
        Organization:       []string{"Company Ltd"},
        OrganizationalUnit: []string{"IT"},
    }
    rawSubj := subj.ToRDNSequence()
    rawSubj = append(rawSubj, []pkix.AttributeTypeAndValue{
        {Type: oidEmailAddress, Value: emailAddress},
    })

    asn1Subj, _ := asn1.Marshal(rawSubj)
    template := x509.CertificateRequest{
        RawSubject:         asn1Subj,
        EmailAddresses:     []string{emailAddress},
        SignatureAlgorithm: x509.SHA256WithRSA,
    }

    csrBytes, _ := x509.CreateCertificateRequest(rand.Reader, &template, keyBytes)
    pem.Encode(os.Stdout, &pem.Block{Type: "CERTIFICATE REQUEST", Bytes: csrBytes})

}