I've blogged about Self-signed Server Certificates and how they can cause havoc with client java applications. We'll I put the call out there to provide solutions and a very slick one has arrived!


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import java.security.AccessController; 
import java.security.InvalidAlgorithmParameterException; 
import java.security.KeyStore; 
import java.security.KeyStoreException; 
import java.security.PrivilegedAction; 
import java.security.Security; 
import java.security.cert.X509Certificate; 
import javax.net.ssl.ManagerFactoryParameters; 
import javax.net.ssl.TrustManager; 
import javax.net.ssl.TrustManagerFactorySpi; 
import javax.net.ssl.X509TrustManager; 
public final class XTrustProvider extends java.security.Provider
    private final static String NAME = "XTrustJSSE"; 
    private final static String INFO =
        "XTrust JSSE Provider (implements trust factory with truststore validation disabled)"; 
    private final static double VERSION = 1.0D; 
    public XTrustProvider()
       super(NAME, VERSION, INFO); 
       AccessController.doPrivileged(new PrivilegedAction()
         public Object run()
                 put("TrustManagerFactory." + TrustManagerFactoryImpl.getAlgorithm(),  
                 return null; 
    public static void install()
       if(Security.getProvider(NAME) == null)
          Security.insertProviderAt(new XTrustProvider(), 2); 
    public final static class TrustManagerFactoryImpl extends TrustManagerFactorySpi
       public TrustManagerFactoryImpl() { } 
       public static String getAlgorithm() { return "XTrust509"; } 
       protected void engineInit(KeyStore keystore) throws KeyStoreException { } 
       protected void engineInit(ManagerFactoryParameters mgrparams)
         throws InvalidAlgorithmParameterException
          throw new InvalidAlgorithmParameterException(
              XTrustProvider.NAME + " does not use ManagerFactoryParameters"); 
       protected TrustManager[] engineGetTrustManagers()
            return new TrustManager[] { new X509TrustManager()
             public X509Certificate[] getAcceptedIssuers() { return null; } 
             public void checkClientTrusted(X509Certificate[] certs, String authType) { } 
             public void checkServerTrusted(X509Certificate[] certs, String authType) { } 

Calling Application:


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Hat tip to Exnihilo for posting this solution!


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