pdfsig(1) General Commands Manual pdfsig(1)

pdfsig - Portable Document Format (PDF) digital signatures tool

pdfsig [options] [PDF-file] [Output-file]

pdfsig verifies the digital signatures in a PDF document. It also displays the identity of each signer (commonName field and full distinguished name of the signer certificate), the time and date of the signature, the hash algorithm used for signing, the type of the signature as stated in the PDF and the signed ranges with a statement wether the total document is signed. Moreover, with option -sign it can sign a PDF document.

The signer certificate validation uses the trusted certificates stored in the Network Security Services (NSS) Database. The NSS Database is searched for in the following locations:

  • If the -nssdir option is specified, the directory specified by this option.
  • The NSS Certificate database in the default Firefox profile. i.e. $HOME/.mozilla/firefox/*.default.
  • The NSS Certificate database in /etc/pki/nssdb.

-nssdir [prefix]directory
Specify the database directory containing the certificate and key database files. See certutil(1) -d option for details of the prefix. If not specified the other search locations described in DESCRIPTION are used.
-nocert
Do not validate the certificate.
-dump
Dump all signatures into current directory.
-sign number
Sign the document in the signature field with the given number.
-nick nickname
Use the certificate with the given nickname for signing.
-kpw password
Use the given password for the signing key (this might be missing if the key isn't password protected).
-digest algorithm
Use the given digest algorithm for signing (default: SHA256).
-reason reason
Set the given reason string for the signature (default: no reason set).
-etsi
Create a signature of type ETSI.CAdES.detached instead of adbe.pkcs7.detached.
-v
Print copyright and version information.
-h
Print usage information. (-help and --help are equivalent.)

The pdfsig software and documentation are copyright 1996-2004 Glyph & Cog, LLC and copyright 2005-2015 The Poppler Developers - http://poppler.freedesktop.org

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28 October 2015