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From "Bernt M. Johnsen (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Commented: (DERBY-2803) SSL certificate authentication succeeds unexpectedly
Date Thu, 14 Jun 2007 08:53:26 GMT

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Bernt M. Johnsen commented on DERBY-2803:

Re #2 above. I have read through the adminguide, and in "SSL/TLS" it says: "Peer authentication
may be set either on the server or on the client or on both. Peer authentication means that
the other side of the SSL connection is authenticated based on a trusted certificate installed

Furthermore, in "Key and certificate handling": "If a client uses peer authentication (the
client wants to authenticate the server), a server certificate has to be distributed to the
client and imported into the client's truststore (a store of trusted keys)."

Could you elaborate more on what is unclear and perhaps point me to where in the docs information
is missing? (My problem is, I guess, that I implemented it, wrote the docs and have lot of
SSL experience from the past, so I'm kind of blind here).

> SSL certificate authentication succeeds unexpectedly
> ----------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: DERBY-2803
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/DERBY-2803
>             Project: Derby
>          Issue Type: Bug
>          Components: Security
>    Affects Versions:
>            Reporter: Rick Hillegas
>            Assignee: Bernt M. Johnsen
>             Fix For:
> The following bug report may simply be pilot error. I confess that I am having a hard
time understanding the user documentation for this feature. The user documentation is found
in the Derby Admin guide in the section titled "SSL/TLS". My confusion arises from the fact
that sometimes the documentation talks about 3 SSL states (none, basic, peer) and sometimes
the documentation talks about 4 SSL states (none, basic, client certificate, server certificate).
> I tried running an experiment in which the server was setup for "Basic SSL encryption":
> 1) I successfully connected to the server when the client was setup for "Basic SSL encryption".
This I expected so good.
> 2) I also successfully connected to the server when the client was setup for "peer (server)
authentication". This confused me because the client url was requesting peer authentication
but the server was booted with just basic ssl authentication. That is, the client url requested
"ssl=peerAuthentication" but the server startup line requested "ssl=basic". I was surprised
that the two sides of the connection didn't have to agree on how much authentication was going
to be done.
> 3) I also successfully connected to the server when the client was setup for "peer authentication
on both sides". This really confused me: It seemed to me that there were 2 certificates involved,
but the server, via its startup properties, should only have been aware of one of these certificates,
viz., the certificate identified by the javax.net.ssl.keyStore properties.

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