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From Stefán Freyr Stefánsson <>
Subject RE: Tomcat 3.2 SSL - Unrecognized SSL handshake...
Date Sat, 09 Sep 2000 11:47:32 GMT
attatching it to this letter.

Don't worry about the additional parameter "clientAuth" that's just
something we're going to use when the time comes that we can require client
certificates.  Otherwise it looks exactly like the default server.xml...
only with the SSL partion uncommented and the regular http connector
commented out.

regards, Stefan Freyr

-----Original Message-----
From: Warner Onstine []
Sent: 8. september 2000 22:44
Subject: Re: Tomcat 3.2 SSL - Unrecognized SSL handshake...

What does your server.xml file look like?


----- Original Message -----
From: "Stefán Freyr Stefánsson" <>
To: <>
Sent: Friday, September 08, 2000 2:16 AM
Subject: Tomcat 3.2 SSL - Unrecognized SSL handshake...

> Does anybody know this error?
> I'm receiving it when trying to access https://localhost:8443 (or just
> https://localhost when Tomcat is configured to listen to port 443).  I'm
> using Tomcat standalone.
> I've done everything I was told to do by the server.xml file, and I've
> looked through the SSLSocketFactory class code and found nothing which may
> be not working...  I've added JSSE to my classpath and I did the keystore
> thing with the -keyalg RSA flag so I'm a little bit baffled!
> Here is the output I get from the Tomcat console window when I try to
> the server:
> 2000-09-08 08:36:01 - ContextManager: IOException reading request,
ignored -
> Unrecognized SSL handshake.
>         at
>         at
>         at
>         at
>         at
>         at
>         at
> java:120)
>         at
>         at
>         at
> javax.servlet.ServletInputStream.readLine(
>         at
>         at
>         at
> org.apache.tomcat.service.TcpWorkerThread.runIt(
>         at
> org.apache.tomcat.util.ThreadPool$
>         at
> What I get up on the browser depends on a few things.  If I call
> http://localhost:8443 or http://localhost:443 (depending only upon what
> Tomcat is configured to listen to) I do not get the certificate window up
> the screen.  If, however, I call https://localhost:8443 or
> I get the certificate screen and the certificate is correct... My name,
> signed by me and so on.  NOTE: I do not get the certificate window when
> trying to access https://localhost.  That appears to redirect to
> http://localhost:443/index.html).  This is for MS IExplorer.  The only
> that appears on the browser window are five little boxes ("") (It
> doesnt matter if I get the certificate window or not... it always ends up
> like this... five little boxes).
> In Netscape I get the certificate window and I can view everything when I
> try to access https://localhost but once I have accepted the certificate a
> window appears telling me:
> "Warning! You have requested an insecure document that was originally
> designated a secure document (the location has been redirected from a
> to an insecure document). The document and any information you send back
> could be observed by a third party while in transit."
> When I press Continue another window appears telling me that "the document
> contained no data".
> In Netscape I get the certificate window if I access https://localhost,
> https://localhost:pnum or  I do not get that window if
> try to access http://localhost:443, http://localhost:pnum or
>  If I try to access I get an
> 146 HTTP error (Connection refused), however I only get the "document
> contained no data" window if I try to access http://localhost:pnum.
> One bizarre thing to me is that when I have tried to access the server the
> URL in the browser always seems to be rewritten...  like if I access
> https://localhost then it is rewritten to http://localhost:443 (this is
> visible in IExplorer but I have a funny feeling that Netscape is doing the
> same thing just without showing it).  Any ideas?
> I really hope someone can help me with this thing... I know there have
> others who have had this problem and I've been monitoring all SSL related
> posts on the mailing lists but haven't seen any solution to their problem.
> I'm using Windows 2000 for development and JDK1.3 from Sun.
> Please help...
> Kind regards and thanks in advance,
> Stefan
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