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PM78275: PKIXCERTPATHBUILDERIMPL COULD NOT BUILD A VALID CERTPATH WHEN VALIDATING SAML TOKEN

Fixes are available

8.5.0.2: WebSphere Application Server V8.5 Fix Pack 2
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
8.0.0.8: WebSphere Application Server V8.0 Fix Pack 8
7.0.0.31: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 31
7.0.0.33: 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
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

  • The following exception may occur when a SAML token is
    received by WS-Security:
    
    PKIXCertPathBuilderImpl could not build a valid CertPath
    
    From System.out:
    
    com.ibm.websphere.wssecurity.wssapi.WSSException:
    PKIXCertPathBuilderImpl could not build a valid CertPath.: java.
    security.cert.CertPathValidatorException: The revocation status
    of the certificate with subject (EMAILADDRESS=xxx, CN=xxx,
    OU=xxx O=xxx, C=xxx) could not be determined.>
    

Local fix

Problem summary

  • ****************************************************************
    * USERS AFFECTED:  IBM WebSphere Application Server users of   *
    *                  WS-Security enabled JAX-WS applications     *
    *                  and SAML                                    *
    ****************************************************************
    * PROBLEM DESCRIPTION: CertPathValidatorException may occur    *
    *                      when JAX-WS WS-Security validates a     *
    *                      SAML token.                             *
    ****************************************************************
    * RECOMMENDATION:  Install a fix pack that contains this APAR  *
    *                                                              *
    ****************************************************************
    When JAX-WS WS-Security validates a SAML token, an error
    similar to the following may occur:
    PKIXCertPathBuilderImpl could not build a valid CertPath.:
    java.security.cert.CertPathValidatorException: The revocation
    status of the certificate with subject
    (EMAILADDRESS=user@us.ibm.com, CN=austin.ibm.com, OU=WAS,
    C=US) could not be determined.
    The error will occur when all of the following conditions are
    met:
    1) signatureRequired property is set to true
    2) trustAnySigner property is set to false
    3) No intermediate certificates are provided using the
    X509PATH or X509PATH_n properties
    4) No CRL files are provided using the CRLPATH or CRLPATH_n
    properties
    5) The certificate is not self-signed
    6) There is sufficient information in the trust store for
    Java security to build a valid certPath for the inbound
    certificate.  This means that there should be a
    trusted certificate in the trust store for each entity in the
    inbound certificate's issuer chain.
    

Problem conclusion

  • When a certificate is validated using Java security, the
    default for processing certificate revocation is true.  There
    are certain requirements for processing certificate revocation
    that many certificates do not meet.  If the certificate
    revocation flag is not turned on and a certificate is
    processed that does not meet the revocation criteria, a
    CertPathValidatorException error will occur.
    
    If the administrator does not want to do certificate
    revocation (that is, CRL files were not configured), the
    certificate revocation flag should be turned off before
    processing the certificate with Java security.
    
    The JAX-WS WS-Security is changed to ensure that the
    certificate revocation flag is turned off when appropriate
    before processing a certificate obtained from a SAML token with
    Java security.
    
    The fix for this APAR is currently targeted for inclusion in
    fix packs 7.0.0.29, 8.0.0.6 and 8.5.0.2.  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

    PM78275

  • Reported component name

    WEBS APP SERV N

  • Reported component ID

    5724H8800

  • Reported release

    700

  • Status

    CLOSED PER

  • PE

    NoPE

  • HIPER

    NoHIPER

  • Special Attention

    NoSpecatt

  • Submitted date

    2012-12-03

  • Closed date

    2012-12-20

  • Last modified date

    2013-01-18

  • 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

       UP

  • R800 PSY

       UP

  • R850 PSY

       UP



Document information

More support for: WebSphere Application Server
General

Software version: 7.0

Reference #: PM78275

Modified date: 18 January 2013