Deduplicate d2i and i2d documentation.

There are a lot of d2i and i2d functions, and there will be even more
once asn1.h and x509.h are properly documented. We currently replicate
the text in each, but as a result a miss a few points:

- The i2d outp != NULL, *outp == NULL case isn't documented at all.

- We should call out what to do with *inp after d2i.

- Unlike our rewritten functions, object reuse is still quite rampant
  with the asn1.h functions. I hope we can get rid of that but, until we
  can, it would be nice to describe it in one place.

While I'm here, update a few references to the latest PKCS#1 RFC, and
try to align how we reference ASN.1 structures a bit. The d2i/i2d
functions say "ASN.1, DER-encoded RSA private key" while the CBS/CBB
functions say "DER-encoded RSAPrivateKey structure".

Bug: 426
Change-Id: I8d9a7b0aef3d6d9c8240136053c3b1704b09fd41
Reviewed-by: Adam Langley <>
11 files changed
tree: edac01afe40951a93a8df47bf0fbc56ed3495b94
  1. .github/
  2. crypto/
  3. decrepit/
  4. fuzz/
  5. include/
  6. ssl/
  7. third_party/
  8. tool/
  9. util/
  10. .clang-format
  11. .gitignore
  15. CMakeLists.txt
  16. codereview.settings
  19. go.mod
  20. go.sum
  26. sources.cmake


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