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Cannot retrieve client cert when requesting javax.net.ssl.peer_certificates

Bryan Pan
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Joined: Oct 14, 2011
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Hi all,

I am upgrading from Tomcat 6.0.18 to 7.0.21 (32-bit Win zip).

Previously, when requesting a client certificate I would use:

X509Certificate[] certs = (X509Certificate[])req.getAttribute("javax.net.ssl.peer_certificates");

However, after upgrading to 7.0.21 this no longer works. Instead it returns null.

However, I can retrieve the client certificate when I use:

X509Certificate[] certs = (X509Certificate[])req.getAttribute("javax.servlet.request.X509Certificate");

I'm curious as to why the javax.net.ssl.peer_certificates parameter no longer works in this case. Is it an issue cause by a Tomcat regression change?
Also I have only been able to find a reference to it in the 2.1 servlet specification. However, while using tomcat 6.0.18 I was using servlet 2.5.
 
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