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From "Farrell, Patrick" <>
Subject HELP! Client Authentication in Tomcat 4.1.24
Date Wed, 23 Jul 2003 17:01:45 GMT
I am attempting to use client certificate authentication with Tomcat 4.1.24,
but each time I connect via a browser (Internet Explorer) Tomcat indicates
that it is unable to authenticate with the provided credentials.  

My client certificate is a personal certificate from Thawte.  The
corresponding root certificate already exists in my truststore.  

Shown below is my tomcat-users.xml file.  

<?xml version='1.0' encoding='utf-8'?>
  <role rolename="user" description="Authenticated User"/>
  <role rolename="manager" description="Tomcat Manager"/>
  <role rolename="admin" description="Tomcat Administrator"/>
  <user username="administrator" password="password" roles="admin,manager"/>
  <user username=", CN=Thawte Freemail
Member" password="null" roles="user"/>

Must I do anything with the client certificate in order for the server to
trust it, or does the server simply grab the DN from the certificate and
look in the realm for a user with the corresponding DN?  

Does anyone have any information or links on how to configure tomcat users
with client authentication?


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