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installcert

fork of http://s-n-ushakov.blogspot.com/2013/11/yet-another-installcert-for-java-now.html to use as a library

Maven Central

History

Aug 2017 - My original use case was for building a Java installer and making things as painless as possible for the person doing the install. In this particular case, integration with ldaps was required, which requires the trust chain to be added to the JDK/JRE trust store. In order to spare the users the pain of doing this manually, I wanted to automated setup whereby the user can just specify the server ip/host and port number and then be prompted to accept the whole trust chain painlessly.

After searching, I found this post on SO https://stackoverflow.com/a/20280562/1203182. Great post, which linked to here: http://s-n-ushakov.blogspot.com/2013/11/yet-another-installcert-for-java-now.html which had binaries and source.

After checking out the code, it had lots of System.exit(0) and was clearly not designed to be reused while embedded into another application as a utility. That's where this fork comes in. Although very little new functionality has been added, it has been refactored and reworked to be used as an embedded library.

This will be published to maven central soon.

What protocols are supported?

  • HTTPS and TLS
  • LDAPS
  • Most email based protocols using SSL/TLS, IMAP, SMTP, POP3
  • Postgres with SSL

Usage from the command line

This tool can be ran from the command line just like the original version

> java -jar install-cert-<VERSION>-jar-with-dependencies.jar

This will display help and usage information.

	usage: java -jar install-cert-<VERSION>-jar-with-dependencies.jar
	 -file                    if specified, untrusted certificates will be
							  stored to individial .crt files
	 -host <arg>              The host:port of the server to pull a ssl cert
							  chain from. If not specified, 443 will be used.
	 -noimport                if specified, no changes will be made to trust
							  stores
	 -password <arg>          if specified, your value will be used for the
							  trust store password. if not specified the
							  default jre password will be used
	 -passwordExtra <arg>     if specified, password for the extra trust store
	 -truststore <arg>        if specified, this trust store will be used,
							  otherwise JAVA_HOME/cacerts will be used
	 -truststoreExtra <arg>   if specified, this trust store will also be used

Examples (command line again)

Import to Java JRE/JDK trust store (probably needs to be ran as root/elevated

`> java -jar install-cert-<VERSION>-jar-with-dependencies.jar -host server:port`

Get the certs and store to a file but don't modify any files trust stores

`> java -jar install-cert-<VERSION>-jar-with-dependencies.jar -host server:port -noimport -file`

Imports the certs to a specified trust store

`> java -jar install-cert-<VERSION>-jar-with-dependencies.jar -host server:port -truststore path/to/trust.jks -password mysecret

Import the certs to a primary and secondary store at the same time

`> java -jar install-cert-<VERSION>-jar-with-dependencies.jar -host server:port -truststore path/to/trust.jks -password mysecret  -truststoreExtra path/to/trust2.jks -passwordExtra mysecret

Import the certs to the JRE/JDK trust store and a secondary trust store

`> java -jar install-cert-<VERSION>-jar-with-dependencies.jar -host server:port -truststoreExtra path/to/trust2.jks -passwordExtra mysecret

Windows users: If the -truststore option is not given, then this application will modify the current Java install's trusted root certificate store. This is not normally writable so it must be ran with an elevated command prompt/power shell/etc. This is usually done via Start > just type cmd then right click Command Prompt, then Run as Administrator

Mac/Linux users: : If the -truststore option is not given, then this application will modify the current Java install's trusted root certificate store. This is not normally writable so it must be as a super user account via su or sudo

Using this embedded in your application

Add the dependency

	<dependency>
		<groupId>com.github.spyhunter99</groupId>
		<artifactId>install-cert</artifactId>
		<version>1.0.4</version>
	</dependency>

Add the code

	usn.net.ssl.util.InstallCert installer = new usn.net.ssl.util.InstallCert();
	//optional installer.setTrustStore(File f, char[] pwd);
	//optional installer.setExtraTrustStore(File f, char[] pwd);
	
	//get the certs
	Set<X509Certificate> untrustedCerts = installer.getCerts(host, port);
	//if this set is not empty, then we found some untrusted certs and where able to connect successfully
	//if it is empty, the connection was successful and no ssl/tls errors occured (already trusted)
	//if an exception is thrown, it's usually a connection or firewall problem.
	//note: this is a potentially long running operation
	
	//this is a great point to prompt the user to trust the certs or not
	//TODO prompt the user for accept/reject the certs
	
	//apply the changes with your user selected certs
	installer.applyChanges(untrustedCerts, host);
	
	//close out the installer, this releases all file handles and clears any specified passwords to the NUL character.
	installer.close();
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