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From Jose Rafael Romero Miret <>
Subject Re: Cannot authenticate client with Tomcat 5.0.28
Date Mon, 29 Jan 2007 09:24:44 GMT wrote:
> Hi everyone,
> I work for a municipality we need to implement a service that can log users(from a browser)
by electronic identity card.
> I've installed a card reader, and created https connector for tomcat 5.5 that way:
> 	<Connector port="7443" 
> 	               maxThreads="150" minSpareThreads="25" maxSpareThreads="75"
> 	               enableLookups="false" disableUploadTimeout="true"
> 	               acceptCount="100" debug="99" scheme="https" secure="true"
> 	               clientAuth="true" sslProtocol="TLS"
> 	               keystoreFile="mypath/tomcat.jks"
> 	               keystorePass="*****" keystoreType="JKS"
> 			    truststoreFile="mypath/tomcat.jks" 
> 	               	       truststorePass="*****" truststoreType="JKS" />
> For server authentication, I've created a self-signed certificate using java tool keytool:
> keytool -genkey -v -alias tomcat -keyalg RSA -validity 3650 -keystore mypath\tomcat.jks
> because i don't need to obtain a trusted certificate from a certification authority.
> The problem is for the client.
> When I insert a smartcard, the card reader software installs a card certificate in Internet
Explorer and in Firefox. This certificate is at the "bottom" of a chain of 3 certificates,
so I downloaded via web the chain of certificates, then installed the chain in both browsers,
then added the root CA certificate to the repository truststore of the server:
> keytool -import -v -file pathToCer\root.cer  -keystore mypath\tomcat.jks -trustcacerts
> this, as instructions found in Internet, should be enough for tomcat to recognize the
client certificate.
> But when trying to access https://myservername:7443
> i get "Error estabilishing an ecrypted connection Error code: -12222" whit Firefox, Explorer
instead prompts me asking for pin of the card(this is necessary i think to use private key
in the card) then "Cannot display page"(or something similar, i've installed browser in a
non-english language)
> I tested the server trying to replace browser certificate with another self-signed certificate,
then importing it in the truststore and it works well.
> So i think it's a problem of how client certificate is stored in the truststore file.
> I also tried to import all certificates in the truststore(the client card certificate,
the intermediate cert., the root cert.) but it doesn't work.
> Can anybody help me?I'm sure i did something wrong importing certificates but i can't
understand what.
> thanks!
> Castalia
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Hej, i had same problem las week, seems when you install tomcat apr is 
also intalles so the configuracion for ssl is different.

Try with:

<Connector port="443" maxHttpHeaderSize="8192"
               maxThreads="150" minSpareThreads="25" maxSpareThreads="75"
               enableLookups="false" disableUploadTimeout="true"
               acceptCount="100" scheme="https" secure="true"
               SSLPassword="*****"/>  *** are your actual pasword...

works for me, have luck!

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