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(Excel) A3/A4 Certificate to Create and Verify an Opaque PKCS7/CMS Signature

Demonstrates how to use an A3 or A4 certificate w/ private key on a smartcard or token to create a PKCS7 opaque signature, and also how to verify an opaque signature.

An opaque signature is different than a detached PKCS7 signature in that it contains the original data. Verifying an opaque signature retrieves the original content.

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' This example assumes the Chilkat API to have been previously unlocked.
' See Global Unlock Sample for sample code.

Dim crypt As Chilkat.Crypt2
Set crypt = Chilkat.NewCrypt2

' A certificate and private key is needed to create a signature.
' Chilkat provides many different ways to load a certificate and private key, such
' as from a smartcards and hardware tokens, PFX/.p12, Java keystore, JWK, Windows registry-based certificate stores, and other sources.
' This example will load the default certificate from the smartcard that is currently in
' the smartcard reader.

Dim cert As Chilkat.Cert
Set cert = Chilkat.NewCert

' If the smartcard or token requires a PIN, we can set it here to avoid the dialog...
cert.SmartCardPin = "000000"


success = cert.LoadFromSmartcard("")
If (success <> True) Then
    Debug.Print cert.LastErrorText
    Exit Sub
End If

' Tell it to use the cert and private key we've loaded.
success = crypt.SetSigningCert(cert)
If (success <> True) Then
    Debug.Print crypt.LastErrorText
    Exit Sub
End If

' Indicate we want the opaque signature in base64 format:
crypt.EncodingMode = "base64"

' Sign the string using the "utf-8" byte representation:
crypt.Charset = "utf-8"

' Create the opaque signature:

originalData = "This is the string to be signed."

opaqueSig = crypt.OpaqueSignStringENC(originalData)
If (crypt.LastMethodSuccess <> True) Then
    Debug.Print crypt.LastErrorText
    Exit Sub
End If

Debug.Print opaqueSig

' The output looks like this:
' MIIPgQYJKoZIhvcNAQcCoIIPcjCCD24CAQExCzAJBgUrDgMCGgUAMC8GCSqGSIb3DQEHAaAiBCBUaGlzIGlzIHRoZSBzdHJpbmcgdG8gYmUgc...

' ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
' Now let's verify the signature and retrieve the original data.
' We'll use a new Crypt2 object to keep things completely separate...

Dim vCrypt As Chilkat.Crypt2
Set vCrypt = Chilkat.NewCrypt2

' We only need the certificate to verify a signature (and extract the data from
' an opaque signature).  The public key is always embedded within a certificate.
success = vCrypt.SetVerifyCert(cert)
If (success <> True) Then
    Debug.Print vCrypt.LastErrorText
    Exit Sub
End If

vCrypt.EncodingMode = "base64"
vCrypt.Charset = "utf-8"


extractedData = vCrypt.OpaqueVerifyStringENC(opaqueSig)
If (vCrypt.LastMethodSuccess <> True) Then
    Debug.Print vCrypt.LastErrorText
    Exit Sub
End If

Debug.Print "The extracted data: "; extractedData

' The output is:
' The extracted data: This is the string to be signed.

 

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