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openssl_verifyVerify signature


int openssl_verify ( string $data , string $signature , mixed $pub_key_id [, mixed $signature_alg = OPENSSL_ALGO_SHA1 ] )

openssl_verify() verifies that the signature is correct for the specified data using the public key associated with pub_key_id. This must be the public key corresponding to the private key used for signing.



The string of data used to generate the signature previously


A raw binary string, generated by openssl_sign() or similar means


resource - a key, returned by openssl_get_publickey()

string - a PEM formatted key, example, "-----BEGIN PUBLIC KEY----- MIIBCgK..."


int - one of these Signature Algorithms.

string - a valid string returned by openssl_get_md_methods() example, "sha1WithRSAEncryption" or "sha512".

Valorile întoarse

Returns 1 if the signature is correct, 0 if it is incorrect, and -1 on error.

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Versiune Descriere
5.2.0 The signature_alg parameter was added.


Example #1 openssl_verify() example

// $data and $signature are assumed to contain the data and the signature

// fetch public key from certificate and ready it
$pubkeyid openssl_pkey_get_public("file://src/openssl-0.9.6/demos/sign/cert.pem");

// state whether signature is okay or not
$ok openssl_verify($data$signature$pubkeyid);
if (
$ok == 1) {
} elseif (
$ok == 0) {
} else {
"ugly, error checking signature";
// free the key from memory

Example #2 openssl_verify() example

//data you want to sign
$data 'my data';

//create new private and public key
$private_key_res openssl_pkey_new(array(
"private_key_bits" => 2048,
"private_key_type" => OPENSSL_KEYTYPE_RSA,
$details openssl_pkey_get_details($private_key_res);
$public_key_res openssl_pkey_get_public($details['key']);

//create signature

//verify signature
$ok openssl_verify($data$signature$public_key_resOPENSSL_ALGO_SHA1);
if (
$ok == 1) {
} elseif (
$ok == 0) {
} else {
"error: ".openssl_error_string();

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User Contributed Notes 6 notes

11 years ago
I've finally found a way to verify signature. Sample in the documentation doesn't work. Code bellow DOES work :)

// $data is assumed to contain the data to be signed

// fetch certificate from file and ready it
$fp = fopen("path/file.pem", "r");
$cert = fread($fp, 8192);

// state whether signature is okay or not
// use the certificate, not the public key
$ok = openssl_verify($data, $signature, $cert);
if (
$ok == 1) {
} elseif (
$ok == 0) {
} else {
"ugly, error checking signature";
steve dot venable at lmco dot com
15 years ago
A note about the openssl_verify() (and some of the other functions).  The public key comes from a certificate in any of the support formats (as the example shows, use openssl_get_publickey() to get the resource id).  But after some trial and error I found the signature string MUST BE BINARY.  While no error occurs, passing a base64-formatted signature string (PEM format?), you simply get a mismatch.  When I did the base64 decode myself, the verify returned a match (return value 1).  You can simply drop the begin/end lines and take the output of the 'base64_decode()' function.
mikey at badpenguins dot com
7 years ago
I spent days scouring the php openssl documentation trying to figure out how to do what sounds like a simple task - given two PEM encoded certificates, is one the signer of the other?  Nowhere in the openssl_verify() documentation or comments is it explained where to obtain the signature of an existing certificate.  The openssl_x509_parse() function looked promising, but it is an unstable API that may change.

I had to write my own code to determine if one cert signed another, it is located here:

In a nutshell here is what I learned...

The signature data in a signed X.509 certificate contains DER formatted data about the signature that is encrypted with the signers public key.  The data contains a hash of the original subject certificate and information about what encryption algorithm was used to create the signature.

So you need to get this signature data and a copy of the original certificate with the issuer and signature sequences removed.  Hash a copy of the original certificate (sans issuer/signature sequences) with the same algorithm the issuer used and if the hashes match, you have the issuer cert that signed the certificate.
jeremie dot gomez at gmail dot com
5 years ago
You can actually use the public key as third parameter and not the certificate.

If you can't make it work, make sure that :

1) Your public key is well formatted. It seems that it must have the ----BEGIN PUBLIC KEY---- and ----END PUBLIC KEY----

2) Your signature is in binary format. You can use the php base64_decode for this.
meint dot post at bigfoot dot com
16 years ago
Anbybody trying to get a Win32 CryptoAPI based digital signature component to work with the openssl_verify() function should be aware that the CryptoAPI PKCS1 (RSA) method uses bytes in reverse order while the openssl_verify() method expects a correctly formatted PKCS1 digital signature (as should be). I learned this the hard way and it took me some time to dig this out. A simple solution in VBScript to reverse the byte order:

N = Len(Blob.Hex)

' reverse bytes in the signature using Hex format
For i = 1 To N - 1 Step 2
    s = Mid(Blob, i, 2) & s

s contains the digital signature in reverse order. Blob is an arbitrary binary container.

Send the signature off in Hex format and use a hex2bin method in PHP to convert to the correct format for openssl_verify(), i.e.

function hex2bin($data) {

    $len = strlen($data);
    return pack("H" . $len, $data);


That's it, hope it helps out. BTW I used ASPEncrypt to toy around with on Win32 platform. Works only with Internet Explorer but you could also use a Java applet and have none of the abovementioned problems :-)
attila dot m dot magyar at gmail dot com
2 years ago
mikey at badpenguins dot com -- validating an X509 certificate chain in php seems to be possible with openssl_x509_checkpurpose()
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