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From Stefan Zoerner <>
Subject Re: [ApacheDS] Setting up my own certificate for SSL
Date Mon, 22 Dec 2008 16:03:52 GMT
Hi Alex!

Alex Karasulu wrote:
> Also setting up your own certificate and adding it to the DIT is pretty 
> easy even without specific tooling.  Note that this use of the external 
> file store is the antiquated way to do it.  Certs were designed to be 
> stored in directories in the first place.  This file thing is going 
> backwards and often the case when you don't have a directory.  Why would 
> a directory store it's certs in a file when it has access to the 
> directory store in the first place.  If we consider the big picture the 
> cert in the DIT way is the best option.

I see the problems with the keystore file, but the current DIT solution 
is IMHO not sufficient to work with for our users.

Sun Java System Directory Server for instance offers tooling to create a 
key pair in the DIT, export a CSR (certificate signing request), and 
import a certificate signed from a third party.

Our current implementation creates a key pair and stores it in some 
attributes in an entry automatically . Currently, there is no 
(documented) way to influence on how keys and certificate look like.

I don't think that it is "pretty easy" setting up your own certificate. 
At least I don not have any idea on how to accomplish this task without 
custom application development.

I have started like this:

1. Create key pair with keytool
2. Store public and private key in DIT
3. Create certificate
4. (optional) Sign certificate
5. Store (signed) certificate in DIT

My problem is step 2, You can't export a private key from a keystore 
with keytool (AFAIK). I had to write a program for this step.

Perhaps you can outline a better solution and I will document it step by 
step in the wiki.

My favorite for the future would be an extended operation for key pair 
creation. It would be easy to trigger it with studio.

Greetings from Hamburg,

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