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Subject RE: enable SSL for Tomcat
Date Wed, 04 Dec 2013 12:40:17 GMT
Hi Ognjen,

I have tried this as well.

I have generated a new keystore. By default, keytool generates a keystore with a private key.

I have imported the trusted signed certificate to this keystore.

But Tomcat is using the unsigned key/certificate which has been generated by default with

The domain is not trusting this certificate as it is private self-signed certificate not the
trusted one and SSL is not accomplished.

As an alternative, I have deleted the self-signed private key from the keystore so that the
keystore contains only one certificate which is signed by the certified authority(Entrust).

This couldn't help me in enabling SSL.

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-----Original Message-----
From: Ognjen Blagojevic [] 
Sent: Wednesday, December 04, 2013 5:25 PM
To: Tomcat Users List
Subject: Re: enable SSL for Tomcat


On 4.12.2013 12:11, wrote:
> I need to enable SSL for tomcat in a windows server 2008. I have 
> generated a certificate using the csr generated by this command: 
> certreq -new request.inf request.req
> I have imported this certificate to CACERTS using keytool and uncommented the connector
configuration in servers.xml in APACHE conf folder.

You used Microsoft tool (certreq) to generate the private key and CSR, and Java tool (keytool)
to import the certificate into Java keystore. 
That is your problem.

You need to, *either*:

1. Start from the beginning: Use Java keytool to generate private key in Java keystore, to
create CSR, and to import certificate into that SAME Java keystore. You should not use "cacerts"
file as you keystore, but other file for that purpose (e.g. c:\users\sivakumar\server.jks).

2. Reuse what you have so far: Find where certreq stored private key; export private key;
import private key and certificate into PKCS keystore; convert PKCS keystore into new keystore
in JKS format.

You should consider which one is easier for you, and then we can help you along the way.

> Connector port="8443" protocol="org.apache.coyote.http11.Http11NioProtocol" SSLEnabled="true"
keystoreFile="C:\Program Files\Java\jre7\lib\security\CACERTS" keystorePass="changeit" maxThreads="300"
scheme="https" secure="true" clientAuth="false" sslProtocol="TLS"

Whatever you do, you will have to change keystoreFile attribute from 
"C:\Program Files\Java\jre7\lib\security\CACERTS" to e.g. 

> I didn't find any error on startup of Tomcat but still ssl is not enabled.

That is strange. What you described would result in cacerts file 
containing server certificate without the private key. Therefore I would 
expect that Tomcat complains about inability to find the private key.

Either way, cacerts file is not the right place to store server private 
key and certificate. That file should contain only certificates from 
trusted CA.


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