Category Archives: ASN1C

ASN1C v7.4 Release for 2020 Features Python Code Gen

We are pleased to announce a new major release of ASN1C for 2020, version 7.4.

The main new feature in this release is the capability to generate Python encoders and decoders. Currently supported is generation of code for the BER/DER and JSON (JER) encoding rules. The BER support includes options to generate forward encoders using indefinite lengths and also includes support for parsing and formatting 3GPP TS 32.297 headers as used in standard 3GPP CDR formats.

The new capability provides for generation of 100% Python code, not wrappers around platform-specific DLL’s or shared object files.

We plan to add support for PER, OER, and XER later this year.

In addition to Python, other features in the new release include:

  • Support for 5G ASN.1-based protocols as well as 5G NAS (3GPP TS 24.501)
  • Support for Visual Studio 2019 in the Windows versions
  • The capability to use ASN1C project files created with the GUI from the command-line

Further information can be found in the documentation on the product support page.

ASN1C kits available for older Linux 64-bit systems using older glibc and ld libraries

A new ASN1C Linux 64-bit evaluation kit is now available for ASN1C version 7.3.3 to address problems reported by users with the current package. One problem reported was when executing the ASN1C binary, an error similar to this may be displayed: “version ‘GLIBC_2.12’ not found”. A second problem was in linking with libraries in the package in which an error to the effect of “unrecognized relocation” or “bad value” would be reported. This is because our binaries are now built with a newer version of glibc and ld (such as, currently, glibc 2.23 and ld/binutils 2.26). Older systems that have glibc versions such as 2.12 will fail to build with these libraries.

This new package contains executable files and libraries built with an older version of glibc.

The description of the existing package on our download page has been changed to:

  • Linux Ubuntu 16.04 (x64) 64-bit, glibc 2.23

The new package is

  • Linux Centos 6.5 (x64) 64-bit, glibc 2.12, no GUI

Note that in both of these cases, even though we have listed the specific Linux distribution used, the packages should work on any reasonably up-to-date Linux distributions such as SUSE, Fedora, Debian, etc. The only factor in determining which one to use would be the version of glibc.

Also note that the package that uses the older glibc does not contain the ASN1C GUI as it required the newer glibc version be available.

To check which version of glibc your system is currently using, enter the command “ldd –version”. This will print the version of ldd and glibc, with output similar to the following:

  • ldd (GNU libc) 2.12

The updated ASN1C Eclipse Plug-in

An updated version of our ASN1C Eclipse Plug-in is now available for Eclipse versions 4.6 (Neon) and higher.

A previous version of this plug-in had been available for Eclipse 3.x.  However, once Eclipse modified the way in which it installs and supports plug-ins, this version ceased to function and there was a significant delay in getting it up-to-date with newer Eclipse versions.  This upgrade is now complete.

Capabilities of this plug-in include:

  • ASN.1 editing and syntax checking
  • Code generation of C/C++, Java, and C# languages from ASN.1

Click on the “Eclipse Plugin” tab near the bottom of our ASN1C product page for more information and installation instructions.

The ASN1C Visual Studio Wizard

You may or not be aware that ASN1C includes a Visual Studio Wizard that you can use from Visual Studio to build a library from one or more ASN.1 files. If you have at least ASN1C v732, the wizard is present and usable.

The files for the wizard are in the vswizard folder of your ASN1C installation. There are three files here that are the components of the wizard: ASN1CWizard.ico, ASN1CWizard.vsdir, and ASN1CWizard.vsz. There is also a README.txt file here that provides instructions for configuring and installing the wizard. One of the steps is to modify the .vsz file, and note in particular the instructions to remove the comment-like lines that are at the top. In ASN1C v7.4, which will likely be released in January, this .vsz file will be generated during the installation, and there will no longer be a need to edit it.

Once the files for the wizard are correct and in place, you can use Visual Studio to create a new project just like you normally would, but now you can choose ASN1C as the project type. The wizard will invoke the ASN1C GUI, with some of the irrelevant options disabled. You can use the GUI to choose the ASN.1 files and define how you want the code to be generated for your library. Then you click on the Compile button to generate the code and a Visual Studio project file. Once you exit the GUI, the project file will be loaded into Visual Studio.

ASN1C v7.3 released

Objective Systems is proud to announce the release of version 7.3 of its ASN1C ASN.1 Compiler product.

ASN1C is an ASN.1 compiler (code generator) capable of generating C, C++, C#, or Java source code from Abstract Syntax Notation 1 (ASN.1) or XML Schema Definition Language (XSD) syntax.

One of the key new features in this release is support for the JSON Encoding Rules (JER) introduced this past year in the ITU-T X.697 standard. Support has been added for generating encoders and decoders in all supported programming languages.

In addition, support was added for 3GPP TS 24.501 NAS Protocol for 5GS. Although this is not an ASN.1 standard, the ASN1C compiler can be used to generate 3GPP layer 3 encoders and decoders that support these message types in the C language. An ASN.1 specification was developed that provides an approximation of the data structures in ASN.1. To work around the parts that can’t be encoded or decoded using standard ASN.1 PER bit-wise operations, special control directives and custom code were used. The specification is available in our ASN1C NAS/RRC Add-on Kit.

The following other new capabilities have been added in this release:

– New compact libraries for PER and UPER encoding and decoding in C that reduce code size by as much as half.

– Support for Canonical Octet Encoding Rules (COER) in Java and C#

– Generation of build artifacts for the Maven or Gradle build frameworks

Further information can be found on the release notes page. A free 30-day trial version may be downloaded from from https://obj-sys.com/products/asn1c/download.php.