CMS_get0_content(3) get and set CMS content types and content

Other Alias

CMS_get0_type, CMS_set1_eContentType, CMS_get0_eContentType


#include <openssl/cms.h>
const ASN1_OBJECT *CMS_get0_type(CMS_ContentInfo *cms);
int CMS_set1_eContentType(CMS_ContentInfo *cms, const ASN1_OBJECT *oid);
const ASN1_OBJECT *CMS_get0_eContentType(CMS_ContentInfo *cms);
ASN1_OCTET_STRING **CMS_get0_content(CMS_ContentInfo *cms);


CMS_get0_type() returns the content type of a CMS_ContentInfo structure as and ASN1_OBJECT pointer. An application can then decide how to process the CMS_ContentInfo structure based on this value.

CMS_set1_eContentType() sets the embedded content type of a CMS_ContentInfo structure. It should be called with CMS functions with the CMS_PARTIAL flag and before the structure is finalised, otherwise the results are undefined.

ASN1_OBJECT *CMS_get0_eContentType() returns a pointer to the embedded content type.

CMS_get0_content() returns a pointer to the ASN1_OCTET_STRING pointer containing the embedded content.


As the 0 implies CMS_get0_type(), CMS_get0_eContentType() and CMS_get0_content() return internal pointers which should not be freed up. CMS_set1_eContentType() copies the supplied OID and it should be freed up after use.

The ASN1_OBJECT values returned can be converted to an integer NID value using OBJ_obj2nid(). For the currently supported content types the following values are returned:


The return value of CMS_get0_content() is a pointer to the ASN1_OCTET_STRING content pointer. That means that for example:

 ASN1_OCTET_STRING **pconf = CMS_get0_content(cms);

*pconf could be NULL if there is no embedded content. Applications can access, modify or create the embedded content in a CMS_ContentInfo structure using this function. Applications usually will not need to modify the embedded content as it is normally set by higher level functions.


CMS_get0_type() and CMS_get0_eContentType() return and ASN1_OBJECT structure.

CMS_set1_eContentType() returns 1 for success or 0 if an error occurred. The error can be obtained from ERR_get_error(3).


CMS_get0_type(), CMS_set1_eContentType() and CMS_get0_eContentType() were all first added to OpenSSL 0.9.8