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!

XTrustProvider.java:

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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(),  
                                               TrustManagerFactoryImpl.class.getName()); 
                 return null; 
             } 
       }); 
    } 
     
    public static void install()
   { 
       if(Security.getProvider(NAME) == null)
      { 
          Security.insertProviderAt(new XTrustProvider(), 2); 
          Security.setProperty("ssl.TrustManagerFactory.algorithm",
              TrustManagerFactoryImpl.getAlgorithm()); 
       } 
    } 
     
    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:

...
XTrustProvider.install();
...

This file is up in CodeShare for those who are cut+paste challenged B-).

Hat tip to Exnihilo for posting this solution!

-Joe

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