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Using HTTPS with Web Services

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In this article you have

  • already a Web Service deployed in OC4J that is running on the default HTTP port. The WSDL and Endpoint are available. In my sample the non secure Web Service endpoint is:

Add HTTPS to OC4J#

Creating of the Keystore#

The first thing to do to secure OC4J would be to create a new keystore that will contain the different certificates. The easiest way to do that for a Java developer is to use SUN's keytool:

keytool -genkey -alias oracle-server -dname "CN=Tug Grall, OU=Blog O=Grall And Co L=Redwood Shores, S=CA, C=US" -keyalg RSA -keypass welcome -storepass welcome -keystore server.keystore

You can copy the server.keystore into the $ORACLE_HOME/j2ee/home/config to simplify the next steps.

Configuring OC4J#

OC4J stand alone is using the notion of Web-Site to expose HTTP resources (Web Applications). The default-web-site is define is he $ORACLE_HOME/j2ee/home/config/default-web-site.xml. To secure an OC4J you can follow the steps describe in the OC4J Security guide that I have summarized in the following section.

What we want to achieve for the purpose of the demonstration is to have OC4J using HTTP and HTTPS, on port 8888 and 4443 for example.

  1. Copy default-web-site.xml to secure-web-site.xml
  2. Edit the secure-web-site.xml:
    • Change the web-site tag by changing the port to 4443 and adding the element secure="true"
    • Add the ssl-config element and point this to the new created keystore.

The file looks like:

<web-site   xmlns:xsi=""  xsi:noNamespaceSchemaLocation=""  port="4443"  secure="true"  display-name="OC4J 10g (10.1.3) Default Web Site"  schema-major-version="10"  schema-minor-version="0" >  ...  <ssl-config keystore="server.keystore" keystore-password="welcome" />  ...</web-site>
  1. Import the new Web site in your OC4J instance by editing the $ORACLE_HOME/j2ee/home/server.xml file. You need to add or replace the web-site tag. In my case I want to add the secure web site to my instance so the configuration looks like:
...<web-site default="true" path="./default-web-site.xml" /><web-site path="./secure-web-site.xml" />...

Since we have copied the file from the default-web-site, all applications are available using HTTP and HTTPS

Start OC4J and test the HTTPS port#

Start OC4J using the standard Java command or shell script, I am adding the Java Network debug flag that would help you to see what is happening at the SSL level.

java -jar oc4j.jar

You should be able to access the service WSDL using the HTTPS port for example in my case:


Consuming the Service using HTTPS#

Generate and configure a client Keystore#

Event if this is possible to use the same keystore for the server and the client, I will guide you in the steps to create a client certificate and import the certificate from the existing -server- one.

Here the command to create a new keystore:

keytool -genkey -alias oracle-client -dname "CN=John Doe, OU=Blog O=MyDummyClient, S=CA, C=US" -keyalg RSA -keypass welcomeClient -storepass welcomeClient -keystore client.keystore

The next step is to export the certificate from the server keystore to be able to import it in the client:

keytool -keystore server.keystore -export -alias oracle-server -file server.cer

You can now import the cerificate in the client keystore:

keytool -keystore client.keystore -import -file server.cer

Generate the proxy#

You have now the client certificate so you can use the Oracle Web Service Assembler to generate the proxy. The only specific thing you have to do is to specify which key store to use when running the tool. The command to use when generating the proxy is:

java    -jar $ORACLE_HOME/webservices/lib/wsa.jar    -genProxy    -wsdl

Calling the Service using secure endpoint#

Configure the Java Environment to use the client store is made using the following System properties:


This could be done using different approach, property file, -D command line parameter or programmatically. To simply the example I am using the programmatic approach, the following code is part of the main method of the Client class:

...System.setProperty("", "/Users/tgrall/ssl/client.keystore");System.setProperty("", "/Users/tgrall/ssl/client.keystore");System.setProperty("", "welcomeClient");System.setProperty("", "welcomeClient");...// Adding Debug informationSystem.setProperty("", "ssl");...

It is possible to change the Endpoint dynamically in the Proxy using the setEndpoint method.

...democlient.proxy.MathServiceSoapHttpPortClient myPort = new democlient.proxy.MathServiceSoapHttpPortClient();...String ep = "";myPort.setEndpoint(ep);System.out.println("Result of the operation is "+ myPort.add(2,2));...

You should now be able to run the client and call the service using HTTPS. This would look like: