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It looks like a standard question, but I couldn't find clear directions anywhere.

I have java code trying to connect to a server with probably self-signed (or expired) certificate. The code reports the following error :

[HttpMethodDirector] I/O exception ( caught 

when processing request: PKIX path 

building failed: 

unable to find valid certification path to requested target

As I understand it, I have to use keytool and tell java that it's OK to allow this connection.

All instructions to fix this problem assume I'm fully proficient with keytool, such as

generate private key for server and import it into keystore

Is there anybody who could post detailed instructions?

I'm running unix, so bash script would be best.

Not sure if it's important, but code executed in jboss.

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You have basically two options here: add the self-signed certificate to your JVM truststore or configure your client to

Option 1

Export the certificate from your browser and import it in your JVM truststore (to establish a chain of trust):

<JAVA_HOME>\bin\keytool -import -v -trustcacerts

-alias server-alias -file server.cer

-keystore cacerts.jks -keypass changeit

-storepass changeit 

Option 2

Disable Certificate Validation:

// Create a trust manager that does not validate certificate chains

TrustManager[] trustAllCerts = new TrustManager[] { 

    new X509TrustManager() {     

        public[] getAcceptedIssuers() { 

            return new X509Certificate[0];


        public void checkClientTrusted( 

  [] certs, String authType) {


        public void checkServerTrusted( 

  [] certs, String authType) {




// Install the all-trusting trust manager

try {

    SSLContext sc = SSLContext.getInstance("SSL"); 

    sc.init(null, trustAllCerts, new; 


} catch (GeneralSecurityException e) {

// Now you can access an https URL without having the certificate in the truststore

try { 

    URL url = new URL("https://hostname/index.html"); 

} catch (MalformedURLException e) {

Note that I do not recommend the Option #2 at all. Disabling the trust manager defeats some parts of SSL and makes you vulnerable to man in the middle attacks. Prefer Option #1 or, even better, have the server use a "real" certificate signed by a well known CA.

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