Loading SecCertificateRef from PEM String

In order to load a PEM certificate, you’d probably wanna grab the PEM itself from your backend, right?.

You can do so, by means of this command:

openssl s_client -showcerts -host host.com -port 443

Once you’ve got the certificate, you should get rid of the Begin/End Certificate substrings.

Cocoa Snippet itself is quite easy:

[cc lang=”objc”]

NSData *rawCertificate = [[NSData alloc] initWithBase64Encoding:PlaintextCertificateString];
SecCertificateRef parsedCertificate = SecCertificateCreateWithData(NULL, (__bridge CFDataRef)rawCertificate);

That’s it. Don’t forget about checking expiration dates. Unfortunately, Apple’s API to do so is private, and i personally refuse to build OpenSSL into my app, just to check that.