IX509CertificateRequest::Encode method (certenroll.h)

The Encode method signs and encodes a certificate request and creates a key pair if one does not exist. The request is encoded by using Distinguished Encoding Rules (DER) as defined by the Abstract Syntax Notation One (ASN.1) standard. The encoding process creates a byte array. You can retrieve the byte array by calling the RawData property.

Syntax

HRESULT Encode();

Parameters

This method has no parameters.

Return value

If the function succeeds, the function returns S_OK.

If the function fails, it returns an HRESULT value that indicates the error. Possible values include, but are not limited to, those in the following table. For a list of common error codes, see Common HRESULT Values.

Return code/value Description
CERTSRV_E_ARCHIVED_KEY_REQUIRED
The ArchivePrivateKey property has been set for a CMC request but a key exchange certificate could not be found.
OLE_E_BLANK
The object is not initialized.

Remarks

For a PKCS #10 request, this method:

  • Updates the private key or creates the key if necessary.
  • Populates the public key from the private key.
  • Updates the extensions, adding any default extensions and taking account of the suppressed OID collection and critical extension OID collection.
  • Updates the attributes, adding default attributes and taking account of the suppressed OID collection.
  • Assembles and encodes the unsigned updated request.
  • Creates and encodes a signature.
  • Encodes the signature and the unsigned request.

For a CMC request, this method:

  • Encodes all inner request objects.
  • Updates the extensions for the outer request object, adding any default extensions and taking account of the suppressed OID collection and critical extension OID collection.
  • Updates the attributes for the outer request object, adding default attributes and taking account of the suppressed OID collection.
  • Updates the name-value pair collection.
  • Encodes the CMC content that consists of the encoded inner request and the updated outer request.
  • Creates and encodes a signature for each signing certificate.
  • Creates and encodes a primary signature.
  • Assembles the encoded CMC content (including the inner request and the updated outer request) and the encoded signatures.
  • Encodes the assembled content into a PKCS #7 message.

Requirements

   
Minimum supported client Windows Vista [desktop apps only]
Minimum supported server Windows Server 2008 [desktop apps only]
Target Platform Windows
Header certenroll.h
DLL CertEnroll.dll

See also

IX509CertificateRequest

IX509CertificateRequestCertificate

IX509CertificateRequestCmc

IX509CertificateRequestPkcs10

IX509CertificateRequestPkcs7

IX509SignatureInformation