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From "Vamsavardhana Reddy" <>
Subject Re: critical jetty keystore problems on 1.1.1
Date Tue, 01 Aug 2006 12:08:16 GMT
Looks like there is no point in having more than one private key entry in a
keystore for the purpose of SSL Server authentication as there is no control
on which key will be picked.  I do not know if this is useful for Client
authentication.  Unless all the private key entries have the same password,
KeyManagerFactory.init() will throw an exception.


On 7/31/06, Joe Bohn <> wrote:
> Just an update on this problem.
> There is still a problem with the locking (esp. in jetty) due to
> multiple attributes (containing both the password value and null) for
> the keystorePassword and keyPasswords.  However, with the fix just
> integrated for GERONIMO-2252 we at least have some recovery plan (modify
> the config.xml to remove the null entries and the remain stored entries
> will correctly unlock the keys).
> Thanks to Vamsavardhana Reddy for finding the root cause of why the
> passwords were being stored incorrectly.  Now we just need to figure out
> why we're ending up with multiple entries in config.xml for the same
> attributes.
> Joe
> Joe Bohn wrote:
> >
> > I'm still trying to figure out some critical problems with the keystore
> > processing on jetty.
> >
> > The most serious problem that I've yet to resolve is a problem with the
> > lock/unlock of the keystore availability lock.   A subsequent server
> > restart will fail because "Keystore 'geronimo-default' is locked".  It
> > appears that we cannot recover from this error either.  Even if I change
> > the config.xml for SSLConnector to load="false", restart the server,
> > unlock the keystore/key (again) I still get the same failure when I
> > attempt to start with the SSLConnector enabled.
> >
> > At first I thought this was because of the duplicate attribute entries
> > referenced in an earlier post.  In fact, I'm pretty sure that I edited
> > the config.xml to remove the "null" entries and was able to get the
> > server started. However, I have recently been unable to recover from
> > this error using the same mechanism.  In fact it seems to create more
> > problems because after removing the null entries I now get an
> > UnrecoverableKeyException.
> >
> > Any advice or recommendations?  I'm beginning to wonder if we should
> > disable the keystore portlet for 1.1.1 so that the user can't shoot
> > himself in the foot.
> >
> > Joe
> >
> >

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