Description [src]

class Gcr.CertificateChain : GObject.Object {
  parent: GObject

Represents a chain of certificates, normally used to validate the trust in a certificate. An X.509 certificate chain has one endpoint certificate (the one for which trust is being verified) and then in turn the certificate that issued each previous certificate in the chain.

This functionality is for building of certificate chains not for validating them. Use your favorite crypto library to validate trust in a certificate chain once its built.

The order of certificates in the chain should be first the endpoint certificates and then the signing certificates.

Create a new certificate chain with gcr_certificate_chain_new() and then add the certificates with gcr_certificate_chain_add().

You can then use gcr_certificate_chain_build() to build the remainder of the chain. This will lookup missing certificates in PKCS#11 modules and also check that each certificate in the chain is the signer of the previous one. If a trust anchor, pinned certificate, or self-signed certificate is found, then the chain is considered built. Any extra certificates are removed from the chain.

Once the certificate chain has been built, you can access its status through gcr_certificate_chain_get_status(). The status signifies whether the chain is anchored on a trust root, self-signed, incomplete etc. See GcrCertificateChainStatus for information on the various statuses.

It’s important to understand that the building of a certificate chain is merely the first step towards verifying trust in a certificate.




Create a new GcrCertificateChain.

Instance methods


Add certificate to the chain. The order of certificates in the chain are important. The first certificate should be the endpoint certificate, and then come the signers (certificate authorities) each in turn. If a root certificate authority is present, it should come last.


Complete a certificate chain. Once a certificate chain has been built its status can be examined.


Complete a certificate chain. Once a certificate chain has been built its status can be examined.


Finishes an asynchronous operation started by gcr_certificate_chain_build_async().


If the certificate chain has been built and is of status GCR_CERTIFICATE_CHAIN_ANCHORED, then this will return the anchor certificate that was found. This is not necessarily a root certificate authority. If an intermediate certificate authority in the chain was found to be anchored, then that certificate will be returned.


Get a certificate in the chain. It is an error to call this function with an invalid index.


Get the endpoint certificate in the chain. This is always the first certificate in the chain. The endpoint certificate cannot be anchored.


Get the length of the certificate chain.


Get the status of a certificate chain. If the certificate chain has not been built, then the status will be GCR_CERTIFICATE_CHAIN_UNKNOWN.

Methods inherited from GObject (43)

Please see GObject for a full list of methods.



The length of the certificate chain.


The certificate chain status. See GcrCertificateChainStatus.


Signals inherited from GObject (1)

The notify signal is emitted on an object when one of its properties has its value set through g_object_set_property(), g_object_set(), et al.

Class structure

struct GcrCertificateChainClass {
  GObjectClass parent_class;
Class members

The parent class.