Trust store

GCR provides functions to access information about which certificates the system and user trusts, such as certificate authority trust anchors, or overrides to the normal verification of certificates.

These functions do not constitute a viable method for verifying certificates used in TLS or other locations. Instead they support such verification by providing some of the needed data for a trust decision.

The storage is provided by pluggable PKCS#11 modules.

Trust Anchors

Trust anchors are used to verify the certificate authority in a certificate chain. Trust anchors are always valid for a given purpose. The most common purpose is GCR_PURPOSE_SERVER_AUTH and is used for a client application to verify that the certificate at the server side of a TLS connection is authorized to act as such. To check if a certificate is a trust anchor, use gcr_trust_is_certificate_anchored(), or gcr_trust_is_certificate_anchored_async() for the asynchronous version

Pinned certificates

Pinned certificates are used when a user overrides the default trust decision for a given certificate. They’re often used with self-signed certificates. Pinned certificates are always only valid for a single peer such as the remote host with which TLS is being performed. To lookup pinned certificates, use gcr_trust_is_certificate_pinned(), or gcr_trust_is_certificate_pinned_async() for the asynchronous version.

After the user has requested to override the trust decision about a given certificate then a pinned certificates can be added by using the gcr_trust_add_pinned_certificate() function, or gcr_trust_add_pinned_certificate_async() for the asynchronous version.