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A Certomancer-based demo CSC server for integration tests

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Certomancer-based dummy CSC server implementation


This package contains a minimal implementation of the Cloud Signature Consortium (CSC) API for remote signing. It's intended for use in integration tests and demonstrations. Most of the heavy lifting is actually done by Certomancer. This package merely wraps calls to Certomancer in an aiohttp-based web interface that exposes (a subset of) the CSC API.

This is a testing tool, and it omits all sorts of essential security features:

  • Requests are not authenticated
  • No SAD replay prevention of any sort, other than the standard hash pinning supported by the CSC protocol
  • All keys in the Certomancer config can be used to sign hashes in CSC calls

It goes without saying that you should never use this implementation, or any derivative thereof, with production keys.

Missing features

Besides most authentication-related endpoints, the credentials/extendTransaction endpoint is currently also unavailable. Support for this endpoint may be implemented in the future.

The other obvious missing feature is "anything resembling a decent user interface". This code was essentially isolated from pyHanko's integration tests in the hope that it might be useful for others to play around with, and the primitive CLI reflects that.


The package is on PyPI and can be installed via pip:

pip install certomancer-csc-dummy

This is the command syntax. All parameters are required.


The meaning of the parameters is as follows:

  • CERTOMANCER_CONFIG is the path to your Certomancer config file, usually called certomancer.yml
  • PORT is the port on which you want the dummy server to listen
  • SCAL indicates whether SAD data is required to be bound to hashes (1=no, 2=yes) — see the CSC specification for details.

The credentials exposed in the CSC API are in one-to-one correspondence with certificates in Certomancer (assuming Certomancer has access to all the private keys). The naming convention for credentials is <arch>/<cert-label>, where <arch> is the name of the Certomancer PKI architecture you're trying to access, and <cert-label> is the label of the certificate that will be treated as the signer's certificate. Example: testing-ca/signer1 would access the certificate signer1 in the architecture labelled testing-ca. Signatures will be produced by the corresponding private key.

Again, note that all credentials are always available without any form of authentication, although the caller is still required to go through the motions of requesting a SAD token before any signatures will be returned.

Note: The CSC dummy server currently does not launch Certomancer Animator or otherwise expose access to trust services managed by Certomancer. For now, you need to launch Certomancer Animator in a separate process if you need those.

(The reason is that Certomancer doesn't (yet) natively integrate with aiohttp, it currently only does WSGI. That may change in the future.)

Example usage

See here:


MIT license.

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