Sets the anchor certificates used when evaluating a trust management object.


func SecTrustSetAnchorCertificates(_ trust: SecTrust, _ anchorCertificates: CFArray?) -> OSStatus



The trust management object containing the certificate you want to evaluate. A trust management object includes the certificate to be verified plus the policy or policies to be used in evaluating trust. It can optionally also include other certificates to be used in verifying the first certificate. Use the SecTrustCreateWithCertificates(_:_:_:) function to create a trust management object.


A reference to an array of SecCertificateRef objects representing the set of anchor certificates that are to be considered valid (trusted) anchors by the SecTrustEvaluate(_:_:) function when verifying a certificate. Pass NULL to restore the default set of anchor certificates.

Return Value


The SecTrustEvaluateWithError(_:_:) function looks for an anchor certificate in the array of certificates specified by the SecTrustSetAnchorCertificates(_:_:) function, or uses a default set provided by the system. In OS X 10.3, for example, the default set of anchors was in the keychain file /System/Library/Keychains/X509Anchors. If you want to create a set of anchor certificates by modifying the default set, call the SecTrustCopyAnchorCertificates(_:) function to obtain the current set of anchor certificates, modify that set as you wish, and create a new array of certificates. Then call SecTrustSetAnchorCertificates(_:_:) with the modified array.

The list of custom anchor certificates is stored in the trust management object and can be retrieved with the SecTrustCopyCustomAnchorCertificates(_:_:) function.

Note that when you call the SecTrustSetAnchorCertificates(_:_:) function, you are effectively telling the evaluation function to use the anchor certificates in the specified array to evaluate trust regardless of any user-specified trust settings for those certificates. Furthermore, any intermediate certificates based on those anchor certificates are also trusted without consulting user trust settings.

Use the SecTrustSetKeychains(_:_:) function to set the keychains searched for intermediate certificates in the certificate chain.

It is safe to call this function concurrently on two or more threads as long as it is not used to change the value of a trust management object that is simultaneously being used by another function. For example, you cannot call this function on one thread at the same time as you are calling the evaluation function for the same trust management object on another thread, but you can call this function and simultaneously evaluate a different trust management object on another thread. Similarly, calls to functions that return information about a trust management object (such as the SecTrustCopyCustomAnchorCertificates(_:_:) function) may fail or return an unexpected result if this function is simultaneously changing the same trust management object on another thread.

See Also

Advanced Trust Configuation

Configuring a Trust

Work around a recoverable trust failure.

func SecTrustSetVerifyDate(SecTrust, CFDate) -> OSStatus

Sets the date and time against which the certificates in a trust management object are verified.

func SecTrustSetAnchorCertificatesOnly(SecTrust, Bool) -> OSStatus

Reenables trusting built-in anchor certificates.

func SecTrustSetExceptions(SecTrust, CFData?) -> Bool

Sets a list of exceptions that should be ignored when the certificate is evaluated.

func SecTrustSetPolicies(SecTrust, CFTypeRef) -> OSStatus

Sets the policies to use in an evaluation.

func SecTrustSetOptions(SecTrust, SecTrustOptionFlags) -> OSStatus

Sets option flags for customizing evaluation of a trust object.

struct SecTrustOptionFlags

The option flags used to condition a trust evaluation.

func SecTrustGetNetworkFetchAllowed(SecTrust, UnsafeMutablePointer<DarwinBoolean>) -> OSStatus

Indicates whether a trust evaluation is permitted to fetch missing intermediate certificates from the network.

func SecTrustSetNetworkFetchAllowed(SecTrust, Bool) -> OSStatus

Specifies whether a trust evaluation is permitted to fetch missing intermediate certificates from the network.

func SecTrustSetOCSPResponse(SecTrust, CFTypeRef?) -> OSStatus

Attaches Online Certificate Status Protocol (OSCP) response data to a trust object.

func SecTrustSetSignedCertificateTimestamps(SecTrust, CFArray?) -> OSStatus

Attaches signed certificate timestamp data to a trust object.