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From Marcel Kinard <>
Subject Re: Adding SSL Certificate Pinning to Cordova
Date Tue, 14 Jan 2014 16:38:21 GMT
I've played with that recently, and it may do most of what you want. 

The method CordovaWebViewClient.onReceivedSslError does get called when attempting an SSL
handshake with a server that has a self-signed cert. I tested this using <a href> and

When setting the app to debuggable=true in AndroidManifest.xml, the onReceivedSslError() method
will treat this as a special case, and basically ignore the SSL error by always calling SslErrorHandler.proceed().
Once proceed() has been called, subsequent SSL connections to that server will not result
in onReceivedSslError() getting called - once that self-signed cert has been accepted, subsequent
requests are considered accepted also. This "acceptance" is persistent only for the duration
of a single application execution - if the application is restarted, it forgets the acceptance.
According to the docs, WebView.clearSslPreferences() might reset that.

When using debuggable=false, it takes a different path in onReceivedSslError() and it doesn't
eat the error, and the connection fails. I think at this point what you'd want to do is inspect
the cert to see if it matches what you want, and then call proceed() if it is good. However,
I think the last sticking point (from what I see in the javadocs) is that although you are
handed an SslCertificate object in onReceivedSslError, the methods on SslCertificate will
get you only the human-readable info (self DN, issuer DN, valid date) and not the actual public
key. So all you can check is the DN, which I don't think is good enough. I don't see a way
to work around that by getting the raw pem or similar.

On Jan 14, 2014, at 10:42 AM, Andrew Grieve <> wrote:

> Actually, looking again, there's a custom API just for SSL certs that
> will provide you the cert to check: onReceivedSslError().

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