Showing posts with label keystore. Show all posts
Showing posts with label keystore. Show all posts

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Web Service Client with Basic Authentication and SSL

Web Service Client with Basic Authentication and SSL

Recently, I had to create a web service client for a web service that uses a number of Web Service Policies. In general, the web service utilizes the following policies:
  • Transport: Service uses one way certificates. Client had to download and check server´s certificate in order to prove the server´s  identity.
  • Authentication: Basic authentication is required to access the URL and the service WSDL.
The following steps were used.
  • Creating the TrustStore: Access the Web Service URL, download the web service certificate and create a x509 trustStore to host the server´s certificate.
  • Create the client Stub: Access the Web Service URL and create the client stub by compiling the WSDL with wsimport.
  • Code and complete the service client. This has the following sub tasks:
    • Code the client to use Basic Authentication
    • Code the client to utilize the trustStore in order to setup SSL session with the server
    • Code the client to call the web method.

Creating the SSL Trustore.

During SSL handshake, the trustStore is used to verify server´s id.
Download the Server´s certificate by hitting the Web Service URL. There you will be prompted for login. You can login with the given user/password.

Then, the certificate is stored in your browser. You can export it easy but that depends to you browser. Chrome for example, the certificate can be downloaded directly as a x509 trustStore like the following image illustrates:

If you want to create the a trustStore manually you need to create a X509 keystore file using Java keytool and then import the server´s public certificate in it. The trustStore will be password protected and the certificate inside the trustStore will be password protected using "password" passphrase:

$ keytool -genkey -alias replserver -keyalg RSA -keystore mykeystore.jks -dname "cn=localhost, ou=IT, o=Continuent, c=DE"  -storepass password -keypass password

Now you have the keyStore. Next you need to import the server´s public certificate in it. In the general case, supposing the Server certificate is the following one plain text file server-certificate.txt then do one of the following actions to:

Check the server´s certificate:
openssl x509 -in server-certificate.txt -text -noout

Delete previous certificate version from the trustStore if any:
keytool -delete -alias  -keystore mykeystore.jks 

Re-import the server certificate to the trustStore:
keytool -import -alias -keystore mykeystore.jks  -file server-certificate.txt

Access the Web Service URL and create the client stub by compiling the WSDL with wsimport.

After running your wsimport command directly you should get a message complaining about a missing web authorization file.
What you need to do is create an authorization file (usually the default name/location for it is $HOME_DIRECTORY/.metro/auth, but check the previous error message, you'll get the hint from there).
Inside this file you just write the line: "https://username:password@url?wsdl"

 Now create a file called: wsimport_mysvc.bat and code the following commands:
wsimport -s . -verbose -keep -p gr.illumine.wsclient.stub  -extension

Doing so, you fulfill both conditions for basic authentication and also for transport/SSL by asking wsimport to examine what is been sent from server against to what is stored in mykeystore.jks

Run the wsimport_mysvc.bat and the client stub files will be created in the package gr.illumine.wsclient.stub

C:\>set _JAVA_OPTIONS= -Djavax.

C:\>wsimport -s . -verbose -keep -p gr.illumine.wsclient.stub  -extension
Picked up _JAVA_OPTIONS:
parsing WSDL...

Code the client

The first thing you have to do is to add a static initializer that will provide the username and password for basic authentication:

public class AlcClient {
 private static final Logger log= Logger.getLogger( AlcClient.class.getName() );
  * Use this static initializer to provide Basic Authentication for the Web Service Consumption
 static { {

         protected getPasswordAuthentication() {
             return new"happyuser", "mypassword".toCharArray());

Next, configure your SSL settings in the code, by adding the following system parameters:
         * Use the following settings to specify how this client will utilize the X509 trust store
         * called mykeystore.jks. In this trustore, it is stored the server´s public certificate
         * Also the trustore/keystores are password protected with a password "password"
        System.setProperty("", "JKS");
        System.setProperty("", "JKS");

Then add some debugging options to debug your SSL session. You are strongly advised to comment out the following code after testing it since it will affect the SSL performance.
        /* Following options enable logging of all communication to the console
         * We are most interested in the request response SOAP Messages   */
        System.setProperty("", "true");
        System.setProperty("", "true");
        System.setProperty("", "true");
        System.setProperty("", "true");

Now code the Web Service client instance by using the stub you have created with the wsimport:
 ZALCINTERFACE_Service service = new ZALCINTERFACE_Service( new URL(""),
     new QName("urn:com:myserver-name:document:sap:soap:functions:mc-style", 
  * From this service get the proper port

        /* Make the web service call */
        String responseMessage = port.callMyWebMethod();

Get the entire web service client java implementation can be downloaded here

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Implementing 2-way SSL in Java using TLS and Self Signed Certificates part4

Debug the Client/Server Communication 

Entire Source Code of the tutorial here:

This part depends on the:
  • Communication credentials, or the Keystore/Trustore file created in Part-1
  • Server implemented in Part-2
  • Client implemented in Part-3

To start with we need to include on our JVM arguments on both client and server the following option:

So for example to run the server we do:
$ java TwoWaySslServer

As a result, we have all the debugging information we need for network operations from the JVM and the imported classes, like SSLServerSocket.

Having our server in debug mode, we can observe that the Keystore (mysystem.jks) was loaded correctly if we notice the following private key log entry:

found key for : mysystem
chain [0] = [
  Version: V3
  Subject: CN=mysystem, L=Chalandri, ST=Athens, C=GR
  Signature Algorithm: SHA256withRSA, OID = 1.2.840.113549.1.1.11

  Key:  Sun RSA public key, 1024 bits
  modulus: 127165120252867655295291767293201905001859144644390543231567027664179957281793248832544049047501722299712701237862474932181664724853946779349563166371011412260964043029373627517538842247060193170649833260910804612805979354599504164270912367917881965338674535760796311997608873587262396297225200721624071184029
  public exponent: 65537
  Validity: [From: Wed Jan 22 12:46:44 CET 2014,
               To: Mon Jan 22 12:46:44 CET 2024]
  Issuer: CN=mysystem, L=Chalandri, ST=Athens, C=GR
  SerialNumber: [    af1b0164 bd3095fa]

Certificate Extensions: 3
[1]: ObjectId: Criticality=false
AuthorityKeyIdentifier [
KeyIdentifier [
0000: 03 B2 09 B4 89 36 32 E4   D6 A3 51 4A 5D 3B CD ED  .....62...QJ];..
0010: B2 00 77 EC                                        ..w.


[2]: ObjectId: Criticality=false

[3]: ObjectId: Criticality=false
SubjectKeyIdentifier [
KeyIdentifier [
0000: 03 B2 09 B4 89 36 32 E4   D6 A3 51 4A 5D 3B CD ED  .....62...QJ];..
0010: B2 00 77 EC                                        ..w.

  Algorithm: [SHA256withRSA]
0000: 78 58 C9 F5 C0 42 2D 62   B5 0D 8A 79 6B 57 5A 85  xX...B-b...ykWZ.
0010: 8C 85 20 4D 7B B3 8A 0A   DF 83 D9 D1 5A FA F6 26  .. M........Z..&
0020: 53 56 DB FE B3 82 42 35   0C BF E8 BD 75 0A 18 7A  SV....B5....u..z
0030: D7 B0 36 E5 4E F9 82 FB   23 57 EC 23 3F D0 92 9E  ..6.N...#W.#?...
0040: 9C D6 FA 26 32 7C B6 4A   62 A4 4B AB F7 D3 64 7C  ...&2..Jb.K...d.
0050: 37 92 ED F2 2B 62 BC E7   A6 35 E6 87 67 9E BD 0D  7...+b...5..g...
0060: 97 5E 0F 31 A9 B1 AB 64   CC F9 4B 51 3E 90 7B 2F  .^.1...d..KQ>../
0070: E9 2E 23 E5 BC D3 DA 32   20 3B 6C 2C B8 E2 7C 6B  ..#....2 ;l,...k


If we don´t find our private key in the above debugging information, we need to check again the parameters:


Similarly again in debugging mode, we can observe that the Trustore (mysystem.jks) was loaded correctly from server if we notice the following log entry:
trustStore is: mysystem.jks
trustStore type is : jks
trustStore provider is : 
init truststore
adding as trusted cert:
  Subject: CN=mysystem, L=Chalandri, ST=Athens, C=GR
  Issuer:  CN=mysystem, L=Chalandri, ST=Athens, C=GR
  Algorithm: RSA; Serial number: 0xaf1b0164bd3095fa
  Valid from Wed Jan 22 12:46:44 CET 2014 until Mon Jan 22 12:46:44 CET 2024

trigger seeding of SecureRandom
done seeding SecureRandom
 socket class: class
 Socker address =
 Socker port = 8095
 Need client authentication = true
 Want client authentication = false
 Use client mode = false

If we don´t find the self signed certificate key in the above debugging information, we need to check again the parameters:


Some really interesting Exceptions you may come across while debugging your application: Unrecognized SSL message, plaintext connection?
Caught on Server
Probably you have created the client socket with something like:
clientSocket = new Socket();
Instead of :
SSLSocketFactory factory = (SSLSocketFactory) SSLSocketFactory.getDefault();
clientSocket = (SSLSocket) factory.createSocket("localhost",port);

java.lang.IllegalStateException: KeyManagerFactoryImpl is not initialized
You have not initialized KeyManagerFactory object, meaning that you should call method init() with a valid KeyStore and Certificate Password:
  String keystoreFile = "/opt/mysystem/etc/mysystem.jks";
  String keystorePassword = "welcome";
  KeyStore ks = KeyStore.getInstance("JKS");
  ks.load(new FileInputStream(keystoreFile), keystorePassword );
  KeyManagerFactory kmf = KeyManagerFactory.getInstance("SunX509");
  kmf.init(ks,"myCertificatePassword"); No X509TrustManager implementation avaiable
Check the trustrore. Ensure that property is set appropriately. null cert chain
Received on server
Check that both Client and server share the trustore.
Check that trustore contains the same signed certificate Keystore was tampered with, or password was incorrect
Check the Keystore password, system property

Implementing 2-way SSL in Java using TLS and Self Signed Certificates part3

Step 3: The Client (Get the complete code here)

Entire Source Code of the tutorial here:

The client also requires the Keystore/Trustore created in Part-1

Again in the client we have to do a couple of things similar to the server:

The first is to specify the Java Keystore/Trustore we created in  Part-1 of this article:



Similarly with the server side described in Part-2, we have to create the client socket as an SSLSocket:

SSLSocketFactory factory = (SSLSocketFactory) SSLSocketFactory.getDefault();    
SSLSocket sslSock = (SSLSocket) factory.createSocket("localhost",8095);

The entire code of the client can be downloaded here.

Next article, Part-4, of this Blog series will assist you to debug the SSL/TLS client/server communication.

Implementing 2-way SSL in Java using TLS and Self Signed Certificates part2

Step 2: The server (Get the complete server code here)

Entire Source Code of the tutorial here:

Requires the Trustore/Keystore created in Step-1.

To write the server process in Java is pretty simple. You just have to do a couple of steps:
Specify a couple of properties so that the Trustore/Keystore can be loaded like the following code fragment shows:



Create the ServerSocket as anSSLServerSocketlike the following code fragment shows:
char ksPass[] = "welcome".toCharArray();
char ctPass[] = "welcome".toCharArray();

//Create and load the Keystore
KeyStore ks = KeyStore.getInstance("JKS");
ks.load(new FileInputStream("ianalyzer.jks"), ksPass);
KeyManagerFactory kmf = KeyManagerFactory.getInstance("SunX509");
kmf.init(ks, ctPass);

//Create the ServerSocket as an SSLServerSocket
SSLContext secureSocket = SSLContext.getInstance("TLS");
secureSocket.init(kmf.getKeyManagers(), null, null);
SSLServerSocketFactory ssf = secureSocket.getServerSocketFactory();
ssocket = (SSLServerSocket) ssf.createServerSocket(8095);
SSLServerSocket ss = (SSLServerSocket) ssocket;

//This explicitly states TLS with 2-way authentication

The entire code for server implementation can be downloaded here.

Implementing 2-way SSL in Java using TLS and Self Signed Certificates part1

Consider that we want to implement in Java a secure communication (Transport Layer Security ) for a system called MySystem.

Entire Source Code of the tutorial here:

The problem

The security scenario for the implementation of  MySystem is simple:
  • Authentication only between peers that both share the Keystore/Trustore file
  • Session establishment only between peers that have the Keystore/Trustore file
Doing so, the entire communication between client and server requires authentication and is encrypted:

Before going further on this study, pay a visit to this site for Java SSL: ssljavaguide.

To implement the scenario, there are three basic steps:
  1. Create the Java Keystore/Trustore that will be used for Authentication and Encryption of Transport/Session. This will be used from both Client and Server parties. (Current Part)
  2. Implement the Client side: (See blog article Part-2)
  3. Implement the Server side: (See blog article Part-3)
Part-4 deals with debugging the Client/Server SSL/TLS communication.

Step 1: Create the Keystore/Trustore
Following steps of this section, results in the creation of a  Keystore/Trustore .jks file that contains:
  • MySystem Private key 
  • MySystem Selfsigned Certificate
To do so we are going to use the tools openssl  and keytool. We prefer using openssl because it can work silently - without prompt the user to put passwords, domains, server names....

The steps are:
1) Generate RSA 1024 bit private key. The key will be password protected:
openssl genrsa -out mysystem.key 1024 -passin pass:welcome

2) Generate Certificate Request for CA (.csr) using the private key
openssl req -x509 -sha256 -new -subj '/C=GR/ST=Athens/L=Chalandri/CN=mysystem'  -key mysystem.key -out mysystem.csr

3) Generate self signed certificate expiry-time 10 years from the certificate request
openssl x509 -sha256 -days 3652 -in mysystem.csr -signkey mysystem.key -out mysystem.crt

4) Import the pair (private key and selfsigned certificate) in a new JKS (Trustore/Keystore together)
First we need to create PKCS12 keystore from private key and self signed certificate.
openssl pkcs12 -export -name mysystem -in mysystem.crt -inkey mysystem.key -out mysystem.p12 -passin pass:welcome -password pass:welcome

Then we need to convert PKCS12 keystore into a JKS keystore
keytool -importkeystore -destkeystore mysystem.jks -srckeystore mysystem.p12 -srcstoretype pkcs12 -alias mysystem -srcstorepass welcome  -storepass welcome  -noprompt

At this point we have created the Java  Keystore/Trustore mysystem.jks file.

Copy mysystem.jks on both client and server machines.

Download all the commands for the Keystore/Trustore .jks file generation here