Initializing SSLContext with PKCS12 File

This section provides a tutorial example on how to write a simple program to test the class with a PKCS12 keystore file.

Since JDK 9, the keytool has switched the default keystore file type from "JKS" to "PKCS12". If you have a "PKCS12" keystore file, you will have problems running the test program,, presented in the previous tutorial.

To support "PKCS12" keystore files, I have created a new test program,

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public class SslContextPkcsTest {
   public static void main(String[] args) {
      PrintStream out = System.out;
      out.println("\nTesting socket factory with SSLContext:");
      try {
      	 // SSLContext protocols: TLS, SSL, SSLv3
         SSLContext sc = SSLContext.getInstance("SSLv3");
         System.out.println("\nSSLContext class: "+sc.getClass());
         System.out.println("   Protocol: "+sc.getProtocol());
         System.out.println("   Provider: "+sc.getProvider());

      	 // SSLContext algorithms: SunX509
         KeyManagerFactory kmf 
            = KeyManagerFactory.getInstance("SunX509");
         System.out.println("\nKeyManagerFactory class: "
         System.out.println("   Algorithm: "+kmf.getAlgorithm());
         System.out.println("   Provider: "+kmf.getProvider());

      	 // KeyStore types: PKCS12
         String ksName = "herong.pkcs";
         char ksPass[] = "HerongJKS".toCharArray();
         KeyStore ks = KeyStore.getInstance("PKCS12");
         ks.load(new FileInputStream(ksName), ksPass);
         System.out.println("\nKeyStore class: "+ks.getClass());
         System.out.println("   Type: "+ks.getType());
         System.out.println("   Provider: "+ks.getProvider());
         System.out.println("   Size: "+ks.size());

         // Generating KeyManager list
         KeyManager[] kmList = kmf.getKeyManagers();
         System.out.println("\nKeyManager class: "
         System.out.println("   # of key manager: " +kmList.length);

         // Generating SSLServerSocketFactory
         sc.init(kmList, null, null);
         SSLServerSocketFactory ssf = sc.getServerSocketFactory();
         System.out.println("\nSSLServerSocketFactory class: "
         // Genearting SSLServerSocket
         SSLServerSocket ss
            = (SSLServerSocket) ssf.createServerSocket();
         System.out.println("\nSSLServerSocket class: "
         System.out.println("   String: "+ss.toString());

         // Generating SSLSocketFactory
         sc.init(kmList, null, null);
         SSLSocketFactory sf = sc.getSocketFactory();
         System.out.println("\nSSLSocketFactory class: "

         // Genearting SSLSocket
         SSLSocket s
            = (SSLSocket) sf.createSocket();
         System.out.println("\nSSLSocket class: "+s.getClass());
         System.out.println("   String: "+s.toString());
      } catch (Exception e) {

Note that the password for the private key entry (with a self-signed certificate) in a "PKCS12" keystore file is the same as the keystore file password. This is why we have the " kmf.init(ks,ksPass);" statement.

To test this program, you can follow this command to create a new "PKCS12" keystore file with a new private key:

C:\herong>keytool -genkeypair -alias my_home 
   -keystore herong.pkcs -storepass HerongJKS
Enter keystore password:  HerongJKS
What is your first and last name?
  [Unknown]:  Herong Yang
What is the name of your organizational unit?
  [Unknown]:  My Unit
What is the name of your organization?
  [Unknown]:  My Home
What is the name of your City or Locality?
  [Unknown]:  My City
What is the name of your State or Province?
  [Unknown]:  My State
What is the two-letter country code for this unit?
  [Unknown]:  US
Is <CN=Herong Yang, OU=My Unit, O=My Home, L=My City, ST=My State, 
   C=US> correct?
  [no]:  yes

If you run this program, you will get:

C:\herong>java SslContextPkcsTest

Testing socket factory with SSLContext:

SSLContext class: class
   Protocol: SSLv3
   Provider: SunJSSE version 10

KeyManagerFactory class: class
   Algorithm: SunX509
   Provider: SunJSSE version 10

KeyStore class: class
   Type: PKCS12
   Provider: SUN version 10
   Size: 1

KeyManager class: class
   # of key manager: 1

SSLServerSocketFactory class: 

SSLServerSocket class: class
   String: [SSL: ServerSocket[unbound]]

SSLSocketFactory class: class

SSLSocket class: class
   String: 587c290d[SSL_NULL_WITH_NULL_NULL: Socket[unconnected]]

There is no problem to initialize a SSLContext object with a PKCS12 file.


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