PKCS8(1)                             OpenSSL                            PKCS8(1)

       openssl-pkcs8, pkcs8 - PKCS#8 format private key conversion tool

       openssl pkcs8 [-help] [-topk8] [-inform PEM|DER] [-outform PEM|DER] [-in
       filename] [-passin arg] [-out filename] [-passout arg] [-iter count]
       [-noiter] [-rand file...]  [-writerand file] [-nocrypt] [-traditional]
       [-v2 alg] [-v2prf alg] [-v1 alg] [-engine id] [-scrypt] [-scrypt_N N]
       [-scrypt_r r] [-scrypt_p p]

       The pkcs8 command processes private keys in PKCS#8 format. It can handle
       both unencrypted PKCS#8 PrivateKeyInfo format and EncryptedPrivateKeyInfo
       format with a variety of PKCS#5 (v1.5 and v2.0) and PKCS#12 algorithms.

           Print out a usage message.

           Normally a PKCS#8 private key is expected on input and a private key
           will be written to the output file. With the -topk8 option the
           situation is reversed: it reads a private key and writes a PKCS#8
           format key.

       -inform DER|PEM
           This specifies the input format: see "KEY FORMATS" for more details.
           The default format is PEM.

       -outform DER|PEM
           This specifies the output format: see "KEY FORMATS" for more details.
           The default format is PEM.

           When this option is present and -topk8 is not a traditional format
           private key is written.

       -in filename
           This specifies the input filename to read a key from or standard
           input if this option is not specified. If the key is encrypted a pass
           phrase will be prompted for.

       -passin arg
           The input file password source. For more information about the format
           of arg see "Pass Phrase Options" in openssl(1).

       -out filename
           This specifies the output filename to write a key to or standard
           output by default. If any encryption options are set then a pass
           phrase will be prompted for. The output filename should not be the
           same as the input filename.

       -passout arg
           The output file password source. For more information about the
           format of arg see "Pass Phrase Options" in openssl(1).

       -iter count
           When creating new PKCS#8 containers, use a given number of iterations
           on the password in deriving the encryption key for the PKCS#8 output.
           High values increase the time required to brute-force a PKCS#8

           PKCS#8 keys generated or input are normally PKCS#8
           EncryptedPrivateKeyInfo structures using an appropriate password
           based encryption algorithm. With this option an unencrypted
           PrivateKeyInfo structure is expected or output.  This option does not
           encrypt private keys at all and should only be used when absolutely
           necessary. Certain software such as some versions of Java code
           signing software used unencrypted private keys.

       -rand file...
           A file or files containing random data used to seed the random number
           generator.  Multiple files can be specified separated by an OS-
           dependent character.  The separator is ; for MS-Windows, , for
           OpenVMS, and : for all others.

       [-writerand file]
           Writes random data to the specified file upon exit.  This can be used
           with a subsequent -rand flag.

       -v2 alg
           This option sets the PKCS#5 v2.0 algorithm.

           The alg argument is the encryption algorithm to use, valid values
           include aes128, aes256 and des3. If this option isn't specified then
           aes256 is used.

       -v2prf alg
           This option sets the PRF algorithm to use with PKCS#5 v2.0. A typical
           value value would be hmacWithSHA256. If this option isn't set then
           the default for the cipher is used or hmacWithSHA256 if there is no

           Some implementations may not support custom PRF algorithms and may
           require the hmacWithSHA1 option to work.

       -v1 alg
           This option indicates a PKCS#5 v1.5 or PKCS#12 algorithm should be
           used.  Some older implementations may not support PKCS#5 v2.0 and may
           require this option.  If not specified PKCS#5 v2.0 form is used.

       -engine id
           Specifying an engine (by its unique id string) will cause pkcs8 to
           attempt to obtain a functional reference to the specified engine,
           thus initialising it if needed. The engine will then be set as the
           default for all available algorithms.

           Uses the scrypt algorithm for private key encryption using default
           parameters: currently N=16384, r=8 and p=1 and AES in CBC mode with a
           256 bit key. These parameters can be modified using the -scrypt_N,
           -scrypt_r, -scrypt_p and -v2 options.

       -scrypt_N N -scrypt_r r -scrypt_p p
           Sets the scrypt N, r or p parameters.

       Various different formats are used by the pkcs8 utility. These are
       detailed below.

       If a key is being converted from PKCS#8 form (i.e. the -topk8 option is
       not used) then the input file must be in PKCS#8 format. An encrypted key
       is expected unless -nocrypt is included.

       If -topk8 is not used and PEM mode is set the output file will be an
       unencrypted private key in PKCS#8 format. If the -traditional option is
       used then a traditional format private key is written instead.

       If -topk8 is not used and DER mode is set the output file will be an
       unencrypted private key in traditional DER format.

       If -topk8 is used then any supported private key can be used for the
       input file in a format specified by -inform. The output file will be
       encrypted PKCS#8 format using the specified encryption parameters unless
       -nocrypt is included.

       By default, when converting a key to PKCS#8 format, PKCS#5 v2.0 using 256
       bit AES with HMAC and SHA256 is used.

       Some older implementations do not support PKCS#5 v2.0 format and require
       the older PKCS#5 v1.5 form instead, possibly also requiring insecure weak
       encryption algorithms such as 56 bit DES.

       The encrypted form of a PEM encode PKCS#8 files uses the following
       headers and footers:


       The unencrypted form uses:

        -----BEGIN PRIVATE KEY-----
        -----END PRIVATE KEY-----

       Private keys encrypted using PKCS#5 v2.0 algorithms and high iteration
       counts are more secure that those encrypted using the traditional SSLeay
       compatible formats. So if additional security is considered important the
       keys should be converted.

       It is possible to write out DER encoded encrypted private keys in PKCS#8
       format because the encryption details are included at an ASN1 level
       whereas the traditional format includes them at a PEM level.

PKCS#5 v1.5 and PKCS#12 algorithms.
       Various algorithms can be used with the -v1 command line option,
       including PKCS#5 v1.5 and PKCS#12. These are described in more detail

           These algorithms were included in the original PKCS#5 v1.5
           specification.  They only offer 56 bits of protection since they both
           use DES.

       PBE-SHA1-RC2-64, PBE-MD2-RC2-64, PBE-MD5-RC2-64, PBE-SHA1-DES
           These algorithms are not mentioned in the original PKCS#5 v1.5
           specification but they use the same key derivation algorithm and are
           supported by some software. They are mentioned in PKCS#5 v2.0. They
           use either 64 bit RC2 or 56 bit DES.

       PBE-SHA1-RC4-128, PBE-SHA1-RC4-40, PBE-SHA1-3DES, PBE-SHA1-2DES,
       PBE-SHA1-RC2-128, PBE-SHA1-RC2-40
           These algorithms use the PKCS#12 password based encryption algorithm
           and allow strong encryption algorithms like triple DES or 128 bit RC2
           to be used.

       Convert a private key to PKCS#8 format using default parameters (AES with
       256 bit key and hmacWithSHA256):

        openssl pkcs8 -in key.pem -topk8 -out enckey.pem

       Convert a private key to PKCS#8 unencrypted format:

        openssl pkcs8 -in key.pem -topk8 -nocrypt -out enckey.pem

       Convert a private key to PKCS#5 v2.0 format using triple DES:

        openssl pkcs8 -in key.pem -topk8 -v2 des3 -out enckey.pem

       Convert a private key to PKCS#5 v2.0 format using AES with 256 bits in
       CBC mode and hmacWithSHA512 PRF:

        openssl pkcs8 -in key.pem -topk8 -v2 aes-256-cbc -v2prf hmacWithSHA512 -out enckey.pem

       Convert a private key to PKCS#8 using a PKCS#5 1.5 compatible algorithm

        openssl pkcs8 -in key.pem -topk8 -v1 PBE-MD5-DES -out enckey.pem

       Convert a private key to PKCS#8 using a PKCS#12 compatible algorithm

        openssl pkcs8 -in key.pem -topk8 -out enckey.pem -v1 PBE-SHA1-3DES

       Read a DER unencrypted PKCS#8 format private key:

        openssl pkcs8 -inform DER -nocrypt -in key.der -out key.pem

       Convert a private key from any PKCS#8 encrypted format to traditional

        openssl pkcs8 -in pk8.pem -traditional -out key.pem

       Convert a private key to PKCS#8 format, encrypting with AES-256 and with
       one million iterations of the password:

        openssl pkcs8 -in key.pem -topk8 -v2 aes-256-cbc -iter 1000000 -out pk8.pem

       Test vectors from this PKCS#5 v2.0 implementation were posted to the
       pkcs-tng mailing list using triple DES, DES and RC2 with high iteration
       counts, several people confirmed that they could decrypt the private keys
       produced and therefore, it can be assumed that the PKCS#5 v2.0
       implementation is reasonably accurate at least as far as these algorithms
       are concerned.

       The format of PKCS#8 DSA (and other) private keys is not well documented:
       it is hidden away in PKCS#11 v2.01, section 11.9. OpenSSL's default DSA
       PKCS#8 private key format complies with this standard.

       There should be an option that prints out the encryption algorithm in use
       and other details such as the iteration count.

       dsa(1), rsa(1), genrsa(1), gendsa(1)

       The -iter option was added in OpenSSL 1.1.0.

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1.1.1j                             2021-02-16                           PKCS8(1)