Just An Application

August 13, 2014

And Another One: Part Eleven — JarUtils.createChain




    private static X509Certificate[] createChain(X509Certificate  signer, X509Certificate[] candidates) {
        LinkedList chain = new LinkedList();
        chain.add(0, signer);
        // Signer is self-signed
        if (signer.getSubjectDN().equals(signer.getIssuerDN())){
            return (X509Certificate[])chain.toArray(new X509Certificate[1]);
        Principal issuer = signer.getIssuerDN();
        X509Certificate issuerCert;
        int count = 1;
        while (true) {
            issuerCert = findCert(issuer, candidates);
            if( issuerCert == null) {
            if (issuerCert.getSubjectDN().equals(issuerCert.getIssuerDN())) {
            issuer = issuerCert.getIssuerDN();
        return (X509Certificate[])chain.toArray(new X509Certificate[count]);

The createChain method is very simple.

Given a certificate (signer) and a set of certificates (candidates) it starts by adding the certificate to a list of certificates (chain).

If the certificate is self-signed it returns at that point.

Otherwise it sets the local variable issuer to the name of the issuer of the first certificate (signer).

It then enters a loop.

It looks through the set of certificates for the certificate whose subject is equal to issuer.

If no matching certificate is found it breaks from the loop.

If a matching certificate is found it is added to the list of certificates (chain).

If the matching certificate is self-signed the method breaks from the loop.

Otherwise it sets the local variable issuer to the name of the issuer of the matching certificate and loops round.

Once it has exited the loop it returns the list of certificates converted to an array.

As I said, very simple.

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1 Comment »

  1. […] that were included in the signed signature file and that were returned by the call to the JarUtils.createChain method actually have any relationship to one another, that is, whether the supposed issuer of each […]

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