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PM23448: CERTIFICATE AUTHENTICATION FAILS BECAUSE OF SPACE IN DISTINGUISHED NAME.

Fixes are available

7.0.0.21: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 21
8.0.0.2: WebSphere Application Server V8.0 Fix Pack 2
8.0.0.3: WebSphere Application Server V8.0 Fix Pack 3
7.0.0.23: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 23
8.0.0.4: WebSphere Application Server V8.0 Fix Pack 4
7.0.0.25: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 25
8.0.0.5: WebSphere Application Server V8.0 Fix Pack 5
7.0.0.27: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 27
8.0.0.6: WebSphere Application Server V8.0 Fix Pack 6
7.0.0.29: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 29
8.0.0.7: WebSphere Application Server V8.0 Fix Pack 7
6.1.0.47: WebSphere Application Server V6.1 Fix Pack 47
8.0.0.8: WebSphere Application Server V8.0 Fix Pack 8
7.0.0.31: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 31
7.0.0.27: Java SDK 1.6 SR13 FP2 Cumulative Fix for WebSphere Application Server
7.0.0.33: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 33
8.0.0.9: WebSphere Application Server V8.0 Fix Pack 9
7.0.0.35: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 35
8.0.0.10: WebSphere Application Server V8.0 Fix Pack 10
7.0.0.37: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 37
8.0.0.11: WebSphere Application Server V8.0 Fix Pack 11
7.0.0.39: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 39
8.0.0.12: WebSphere Application Server V8.0 Fix Pack 12
7.0.0.41: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 41
8.0.0.13: WebSphere Application Server V8.0 Fix Pack 13
7.0.0.43: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 43
8.0.0.14: WebSphere Application Server V8.0 Fix Pack 14
7.0.0.45: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 45
8.0.0.15: WebSphere Application Server V8.0 Fix Pack 15
6.1.0.41: Java SDK 1.5 SR12 FP5 Cumulative Fix for WebSphere Application Server
6.1.0.43: Java SDK 1.5 SR13 Cumulative Fix for WebSphere Application Server
6.1.0.45: Java SDK 1.5 SR14 Cumulative Fix for WebSphere Application Server
6.1.0.47: Java SDK 1.5 SR16 Cumulative Fix for WebSphere Application Server
7.0.0.21: Java SDK 1.6 SR9 FP2 Cumulative Fix for WebSphere
7.0.0.23: Java SDK 1.6 SR10 FP1 Cumulative Fix for WebSphere
7.0.0.25: Java SDK 1.6 SR11 Cumulative Fix for WebSphere Application Server
7.0.0.27: Java SDK 1.6 SR12 Cumulative Fix for WebSphere Application Server
7.0.0.29: Java SDK 1.6 SR13 FP2 Cumulative Fix for WebSphere Application Server
7.0.0.45: Java SDK 1.6 SR16 FP60 Cumulative Fix for WebSphere Application Server
7.0.0.31: Java SDK 1.6 SR15 Cumulative Fix for WebSphere Application Server
7.0.0.35: Java SDK 1.6 SR16 FP1 Cumulative Fix for WebSphere Application Server
7.0.0.37: Java SDK 1.6 SR16 FP3 Cumulative Fix for WebSphere Application Server
7.0.0.39: Java SDK 1.6 SR16 FP7 Cumulative Fix for WebSphere Application Server
7.0.0.41: Java SDK 1.6 SR16 FP20 Cumulative Fix for WebSphere Application Server
7.0.0.43: Java SDK 1.6 SR16 FP41 Cumulative Fix for WebSphere Application Server

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APAR status

  • Closed as program error.

Error description

  • Certificate authentication fails because of spaces in
    distinguished name
    
    Description: During certificate authentication, the subjectDN
    field is retrieved from the certificate and looked up in LDAP.
    A problem exists which causes virtual member manager (VMM) to
    add spaces to the DN before looking the user up.  As a result,
    the user is not found.
    
    For example, if the certificate filter is:
    certsubjectName=${SubjectDN}
    
    Instead of looking up the user this way:
    certsubjectName=cn=Bob Smith,ou=companyunit,o=company
    
    It looks up the user this way:
    certsubjectName=cn=Bob Smith, ou=companyunit, o=company
    
    Thus, the user is not found.
    

Local fix

Problem summary

  • ****************************************************************
    * USERS AFFECTED:  All users of IBM WebSphere Application      *
    *                  Server                                      *
    ****************************************************************
    * PROBLEM DESCRIPTION: Certificate authentication fails        *
    *                      because of spaces in distinguished name *
    ****************************************************************
    * RECOMMENDATION:                                              *
    ****************************************************************
    During certificate authentication, the subjectDN
    field is retrieved from the certificate and looked up in LDAP.
    A problem exists which causes virtual member manager (VMM) to
    add spaces to the DN before looking the user up.  As a result,
    the user is not found.
    
    For example, if the certificate filter is:
    certsubjectName=${SubjectDN}
    Instead of looking up the user this way:
    certsubjectName=cn=Bob Smith,ou=companyunit,o=company
     It looks up the user this way:
    certsubjectName=cn=Bob Smith, ou=companyunit, o=company
    Thus, the user is not found.
    

Problem conclusion

  • Instead of using cert.getSubjectDN().getName() which is not a
    good choice stated in the JavaDoc for
    java.security.X509Certificate, the code will now use
    cert.getIssuerX500Principal().getName().
    
    The fix for this APAR is currently targeted for inclusion in
    fix packs 6.1.0.39 and 7.0.0.17.  Please refer to the
    Recommended Updates page for delivery information:
    http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?rs=180&uid=swg27004980
    

Temporary fix

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APAR Information

  • APAR number

    PM23448

  • Reported component name

    WEBS APP SERV N

  • Reported component ID

    5724H8800

  • Reported release

    61W

  • Status

    CLOSED PER

  • PE

    NoPE

  • HIPER

    NoHIPER

  • Special Attention

    NoSpecatt

  • Submitted date

    2010-09-29

  • Closed date

    2011-01-20

  • Last modified date

    2011-08-12

  • APAR is sysrouted FROM one or more of the following:

  • APAR is sysrouted TO one or more of the following:

Fix information

  • Fixed component name

    WEBS APP SERV N

  • Fixed component ID

    5724H8800

Applicable component levels

  • R700 PSY

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Document Information

Modified date:
12 August 2011