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From "John H. Embretsen (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Commented: (DERBY-2803) SSL certificate authentication succeeds unexpectedly
Date Tue, 26 Jun 2007 08:23:26 GMT

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John H. Embretsen commented on DERBY-2803:

I've read the new documentation and I find it very good indeed (though bear in mind that English
is not my native tongue either, and I do have prior knowledge of communication security including
the SSL protocol). Although I think most of Rick's suggestions are fair and valid, I do have
a worry that the meaning of the terms "wire encryption" and "wire traffic" are not necessarily
that obvious to a portion of the people who do not speak English natively. 

I think it would be both more accurate (after all, there might be lots of _wireless_ client-server
connections going on already) and more recognizable (it is hard enough to find things in the
docs as it is) if we rather used terms such as "network encryption" and "network traffic"
- at least in the headings. Just my 2 cents.

> SSL certificate authentication succeeds unexpectedly
> ----------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: DERBY-2803
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/DERBY-2803
>             Project: Derby
>          Issue Type: Bug
>          Components: Documentation, Security
>    Affects Versions:
>            Reporter: Rick Hillegas
>            Assignee: Bernt M. Johnsen
>             Fix For:,
>         Attachments: DERBY-2803.diff, DERBY-2803.stat, DERBY-2803.zip
> 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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