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Manual Reference Pages  -  GKEYTOOL (1)

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NAME

gkeytool - Manage private keys and public certificates

CONTENTS

SYNOPSIS

keytool [COMMAND] ...

DESCRIPTION

Cryptographic credentials, in a Java environment, are usually stored in a Key Store. The Java SDK specifies a Key Store as a persistent container of two types of objects: Key Entries and Trusted Certificates. The security tool keytool is a Java-based application for managing those types of objects.

A Key Entry represents the private key part of a key-pair used in Public-Key Cryptography, and a signed X.509 certificate which authenticates the public key part for a known entity; i.e. the owner of the key-pair. The X.509 certificate itself contains the public key part of the key-pair.

A Trusted Certificate is a signed X.509 certificate issued by a trusted entity. The Trust in this context is relative to the User of the keytool. In other words, the existence of a Trusted Certificate in the Key Store processed by a keytool command implies that the User trusts the Issuer of that Trusted Certificate to also sign, and hence authenticates, other Subjects the tool may process.

Trusted Certificates are important because they allow the tool to mechanically construct Chains of Trust starting from one of the Trusted Certificates in a Key Store and ending with a certificate whose Issuer is potentially unknown. A valid chain is an ordered list, starting with a Trusted Certificate (also called the anchor), ending with the target certificate, and satisfying the condition that the Subject of certificate #i is the Issuer of certificate #i + 1.

The keytool is invoked from the command line as follows:



        keytool [COMMAND] ...



Multiple COMMANDs may be specified at once, each complete with its own options. keytool will parse all the arguments, before processing, and executing, each COMMAND. If an exception occurs while executing one COMMAND keytool will abort. Note however that because the implementation of the tool uses code to parse command line options that also supports GNU-style options, you have to separate each command group with a double-hyphen; e.g



        keytool -list -- -printcert -alias mykey



OPTIONS

- Add/Update commands
-genkey [OPTION]... Generate a new Key Entry, eventually creating a new key store.
-import [OPTION]... Add, to a key store, Key Entries (private keys and certificate chains authenticating the public keys) and Trusted Certificates (3rd party certificates which can be used as Trust Anchors when building chains-of-trust).
-selfcert [OPTION]... Generate a new self-signed Trusted Certificate.
-cacert [OPTION]... Import a CA Trusted Certificate.
-identitydb [OPTION]... NOT IMPLEMENTED YET.Import a JDK 1.1 style Identity Database.
- Export commands
-certreq [OPTION]... Issue a Certificate Signing Request (CSR) which can be then sent to a Certification Authority (CA) to issue a certificate signed (by the CA) and authenticating the Subject of the request.
-export [OPTION]... Export a certificate from a key store.
- Display commands
-list [OPTION]... Print one or all certificates in a key store to STDOUT.
-printcert [OPTION]... Print a human-readable form of a certificate, in a designated file, to STDOUT.
- Management commands
-keyclone [OPTION]... Clone a Key Entry in a key store.
-storepasswd [OPTION]... Change the password protecting a key store.
-keypasswd [OPTION]... Change the password protecting a Key Entry in a key store.
-delete [OPTION]... Delete a Key Entry or a Trusted Certificate from a key store.
Common options

The following OPTIONs are used in more than one COMMAND. They are described here to reduce redundancy.
-alias Alias Every entry, be it a Key Entry or a Trusted Certificate, in a key store is uniquely identified by a user-defined Alias string. Use this option to specify the Alias to use when referring to an entry in the key store. Unless specified otherwise, a default value of mykey shall be used when this option is omitted from the command line.
-keyalg ALGORITHM Use this option to specify the canonical name of the key-pair generation algorithm. The default value for this option is DSS (a synonym for the Digital Signature Algorithm also known as DSA).
-keysize SIZE Use this option to specify the number of bits of the shared modulus (for both the public and private keys) to use when generating new keys. A default value of 1024 will be used if this option is omitted from the command line.
-validity DAY_COUNT Use this option to specify the number of days a newly generated certificate will be valid for. The default value is 90 (days) if this option is omitted from the command line.
-storetype STORE_TYPE Use this option to specify the type of the key store to use. The default value, if this option is omitted, is that of the property keystore.type in the security properties file, which is obtained by invoking the static method call getDefaultType() in java.security.KeyStore.
-storepass PASSWORD Use this option to specify the password protecting the key store. If this option is omitted from the command line, you will be prompted to provide a password.
-keystore URL Use this option to specify the location of the key store to use. The default value is a file URL referencing the file named .keystore located in the path returned by the call to java.lang.System#getProperty(String) using user.home as argument.

If a URL was specified, but was found to be malformed --e.g. missing protocol element— the tool will attempt to use the URL value as a file-name (with absolute or relative path-name) of a key store --as if the protocol was file:.

-provider PROVIDER_CLASS_NAME A fully qualified class name of a Security Provider to add to the current list of Security Providers already installed in the JVM in-use. If a provider class is specified with this option, and was successfully added to the runtime --i.e. it was not already installed— then the tool will attempt to removed this Security Provider before exiting.
-file FILE Use this option to designate a file to use with a command. When specified with this option, the value is expected to be the fully qualified path of a file accessible by the File System. Depending on the command, the file may be used as input or as output. When this option is omitted from the command line, STDIN will be used instead, as the source of input, and STDOUT will be used instead as the output destination.
-v Unless specified otherwise, use this option to enable more verbose output.
Add/Update commands

The -genkey command

Use this command to generate a new key-pair (both private and public keys), and save these credentials in the key store as a Key Entry, associated with the designated (if was specified with the -alias option) or default (if the -alias option is omitted) Alias.

The private key material will be protected with a user-defined password (see -keypass option). The public key on the other hand will be part of a self-signed X.509 certificate, which will form a 1-element chain and will be saved in the key store.
-alias ALIAS See Common Options for more details.
-keyalg ALGORITHM See Common Options for more details.
-keysize KEY_SIZE See Common Options for more details.
-sigalg ALGORITHM The canonical name of the digital signature algorithm to use for signing certificates. If this option is omitted, a default value will be chosen based on the type of the key-pair; i.e., the algorithm that ends up being used by the -keyalg option. If the key-pair generation algorithm is DSA, the value for the signature algorithm will be SHA1withDSA. If on the other hand the key-pair generation algorithm is RSA, then the tool will use MD5withRSA as the signature algorithm.
-dname NAME This a mandatory value for the command. If no value is specified --i.e. the -dname option is omitted— the tool will prompt you to enter a Distinguished Name to use as both the Owner and Issuer of the generated self-signed certificate.

See Common Options for more details.

-keypass PASSWORD Use this option to specify the password which the tool will use to protect the newly created Key Entry.

If this option is omitted, you will be prompted to provide a password.

-validity DAY_COUNT See Common Options for more details.
-storetype STORE_TYPE See Common Options for more details.
-keystore URL See Common Options for more details.
-storepass PASSWORD See Common Options for more details.
-provider PROVIDER_CLASS_NAME See Common Options for more details.
-v See Common Options for more details.
The -import command

Use this command to read an X.509 certificate, or a PKCS#7 Certificate Reply from a designated input source and incorporate the certificates into the key store.

If the Alias does not already exist in the key store, the tool treats the certificate read from the input source as a new Trusted Certificate. It then attempts to discover a chain-of-trust, starting from that certificate and ending at another Trusted Certificate, already stored in the key store. If the -trustcacerts option is present, an additional key store, of type JKS named cacerts, and assumed to be present in ${JAVA_HOME}/lib/security will also be consulted if found --${JAVA_HOME} refers to the location of an installed Java Runtime Environment (JRE). If no chain-of-trust can be established, and unless the -noprompt option has been specified, the certificate is printed to STDOUT and the user is prompted for a confirmation.

If Alias exists in the key store, the tool will treat the certificate(s) read from the input source as a Certificate Reply, which can be a chain of certificates, that eventually would replace the chain of certificates associated with the Key Entry of that Alias. The substitution of the certificates only occurs if a chain-of-trust can be established between the bottom certificate of the chain read from the input file and the Trusted Certificates already present in the key store. Again, if the -trustcacerts option is specified, additional Trusted Certificates in the same cacerts key store will be considered. If no chain-of-trust can be established, the operation will abort.
-alias ALIAS See Common Options for more details.
-file FILE See Common Options for more details.
-keypass PASSWORD Use this option to specify the password which the tool will use to protect the Key Entry associated with the designated Alias, when replacing this Alias’ chain of certificates with that found in the certificate reply.

If this option is omitted, and the chain-of-trust for the certificate reply has been established, the tool will first attempt to unlock the Key Entry using the same password protecting the key store. If this fails, you will then be prompted to provide a password.

-noprompt Use this option to prevent the tool from prompting the user.
-trustcacerts Use this option to indicate to the tool that a key store, of type JKS, named cacerts, and usually located in lib/security in an installed Java Runtime Environment should be considered when trying to establish chain-of-trusts.
-storetype STORE_TYPE See Common Options for more details.
-keystore URL See Common Options for more details.
-storepass PASSWORD See Common Options for more details.
-provider PROVIDER_CLASS_NAME See Common Options for more details.
-v See Common Options for more details.
The -selfcert command

Use this command to generate a self-signed X.509 version 1 certificate. The newly generated certificate will form a chain of one element which will replace the previous chain associated with the designated Alias (if -alias option was specified), or the default Alias (if -alias option was omitted).
-alias ALIAS See Common Options for more details.
-sigalg ALGORITHM The canonical name of the digital signature algorithm to use for signing the certificate. If this option is omitted, a default value will be chosen based on the type of the private key associated with the designated Alias. If the private key is a DSA one, the value for the signature algorithm will be SHA1withDSA. If on the other hand the private key is an RSA one, then the tool will use MD5withRSA as the signature algorithm.
-dname NAME Use this option to specify the Distinguished Name of the newly generated self-signed certificate. If this option is omitted, the existing Distinguished Name of the base certificate in the chain associated with the designated Alias will be used instead.

See Common Options for more details.

-validity DAY_COUNT See Common Options for more details.
-keypass PASSWORD Use this option to specify the password which the tool will use to unlock the Key Entry associated with the designated Alias.

If this option is omitted, the tool will first attempt to unlock the Key Entry using the same password protecting the key store. If this fails, you will then be prompted to provide a password.

-storetype STORE_TYPE See Common Options for more details.
-keystore URL See Common Options for more details.
-storepass PASSWORD See Common Options for more details.
-provider PROVIDER_CLASS_NAME See Common Options for more details.
-v See Common Options for more details.
The -cacert command

Use this command to import, a CA certificate and add it to the key store as a Trusted Certificate. The Alias for this new entry will be constructed from the FILE’s base-name after replacing hyphens and dots with underscores.

This command is useful when used in a script that recursively visits a directory of CA certificates to populate a cacerts.gkr Key Store of trusted certificates which can then be used commands that specify the -trustcacerts option.
-file FILE See Common Options for more details.
-storetype STORE_TYPE See Common Options for more details.
-keystore URL See Common Options for more details.
-storepass PASSWORD See Common Options for more details.
-provider PROVIDER_CLASS_NAME See Common Options for more details.
-v See Common Options for more details.
The -identitydb command

NOT IMPLEMENTED YET.

Use this command to import a JDK 1.1 style Identity Database.
-file FILE See Common Options for more details.
-storetype STORE_TYPE See Common Options for more details.
-keystore URL See Common Options for more details.
-storepass PASSWORD See Common Options for more details.
-provider PROVIDER_CLASS_NAME See Common Options for more details.
-v See Common Options for more details.
Export commands

The -certreq command

Use this command to generate a PKCS#10 Certificate Signing Request (CSR) and write it to a designated output destination. The contents of the destination should look something like the following:



        -----BEGIN NEW CERTIFICATE REQUEST-----
        MI...QAwXzEUMBIGA1UEAwwLcnNuQGdudS5vcmcxGzAZBgNVBAoMElUg
        Q2...A0GA1UEBwwGU3lkbmV5MQwwCgYDVQQIDANOU1cxCzAJBgNVBACC
        ...
        FC...IVwNVOfQLRX+O5kAhQ/a4RTZme2L8PnpvgRwrf7Eg8D6w==
        -----END NEW CERTIFICATE REQUEST-----



IMPORTANT: Some documentation (e.g. RSA examples) claims that the Attributes field, in the CSR is OPTIONAL while RFC-2986 implies the opposite. This implementation considers this field, by default, as OPTIONAL, unless the option -attributes is specified on the command line.
-alias ALIAS See Common Options for more details.
-sigalg ALGORITHM The canonical name of the digital signature algorithm to use for signing the certificate. If this option is omitted, a default value will be chosen based on the type of the private key associated with the designated Alias. If the private key is a DSA one, the value for the signature algorithm will be SHA1withDSA. If on the other hand the private key is an RSA one, then the tool will use MD5withRSA as the signature algorithm.
-file FILE See Common Options for more details.
-keypass PASSWORD Use this option to specify the password which the tool will use to unlock the Key Entry associated with the designated Alias.

If this option is omitted, the tool will first attempt to unlock the Key Entry using the same password protecting the key store. If this fails, you will then be prompted to provide a password.

-storetype STORE_TYPE See Common Options for more details.
-keystore URL See Common Options for more details.
-storepass PASSWORD See Common Options for more details.
-provider PROVIDER_CLASS_NAME See Common Options for more details.
-v See Common Options for more details.
-attributes Use this option to force the tool to encode a NULL DER value in the CSR as the value of the Attributes field.
The -export command

Use this command to export a certificate stored in a key store to a designated output destination, either in binary format (if the -v option is specified), or in RFC-1421 compliant encoding (if the -rfc option is specified instead).
-alias ALIAS See Common Options for more details.
-file FILE See Common Options for more details.
-storetype STORE_TYPE See Common Options for more details.
-keystore URL See Common Options for more details.
-storepass PASSWORD See Common Options for more details.
-provider PROVIDER_CLASS_NAME See Common Options for more details.
-rfc Use RFC-1421 specifications when encoding the output.
-v Output the certificate in binary DER encoding. This is the default output format of the command if neither -rfc nor -v options were detected on the command line. If both this option and the -rfc option are detected on the command line, the tool will opt for the RFC-1421 style encoding.
Display commands

The -list command

Use this command to print one or all of a key store entries to STDOUT. Usually this command will only print a fingerprint of the certificate, unless either the -rfc or the -v option is specified.
-alias ALIAS If this option is omitted, the tool will print ALL the entries found in the key store.

See Common Options for more details.

-storetype STORE_TYPE See Common Options for more details.
-keystore URL See Common Options for more details.
-storepass PASSWORD See Common Options for more details.
-provider PROVIDER_CLASS_NAME See Common Options for more details.
-rfc Use RFC-1421 specifications when encoding the output.
-v Output the certificate in human-readable format. If both this option and the -rfc option are detected on the command line, the tool will opt for the human-readable form and will not abort the command.
The -printcert command

Use this command to read a certificate from a designated input source and print it to STDOUT in a human-readable form.
-file FILE See Common Options for more details.
-v See Common Options for more details.
Management commands

The -keyclone command

Use this command to clone an existing Key Entry and store it under a new (different) Alias protecting, its private key material with possibly a new password.
-alias ALIAS See Common Options for more details.
-dest ALIAS Use this option to specify the new Alias which will be used to identify the cloned copy of the Key Entry.
-keypass PASSWORD Use this option to specify the password which the tool will use to unlock the Key Entry associated with the designated Alias.

If this option is omitted, the tool will first attempt to unlock the Key Entry using the same password protecting the key store. If this fails, you will then be prompted to provide a password.

-new PASSWORD Use this option to specify the password protecting the private key material of the newly cloned copy of the Key Entry.
-storetype STORE_TYPE See Common Options for more details.
-keystore URL See Common Options for more details.
-storepass PASSWORD See Common Options for more details.
-provider PROVIDER_CLASS_NAME See Common Options for more details.
-v See Common Options for more details.
The -storepasswd command

Use this command to change the password protecting a key store.
-new PASSWORD The new, and different, password which will be used to protect the designated key store.
-storetype STORE_TYPE See Common Options for more details.
-keystore URL See Common Options for more details.
-storepass PASSWORD See Common Options for more details.
-provider PROVIDER_CLASS_NAME See Common Options for more details.
-v See Common Options for more details.
The -keypasswd command

Use this command to change the password protecting the private key material of a designated Key Entry.
-alias ALIAS See Common Options for more details.

Use this option to specify the password which the tool will use to unlock the Key Entry associated with the designated Alias.

If this option is omitted, the tool will first attempt to unlock the Key Entry using the same password protecting the key store. If this fails, you will then be prompted to provide a password.

-new PASSWORD The new, and different, password which will be used to protect the private key material of the designated Key Entry.
-storetype STORE_TYPE See Common Options for more details.
-keystore URL See Common Options for more details.
-storepass PASSWORD See Common Options for more details.
-provider PROVIDER_CLASS_NAME See Common Options for more details.
-v See Common Options for more details.
The -delete command

Use this command to delete a designated key store entry.
-alias ALIAS See Common Options for more details.
-storetype STORE_TYPE See Common Options for more details.
-keystore URL See Common Options for more details.
-storepass PASSWORD See Common Options for more details.
-provider PROVIDER_CLASS_NAME See Common Options for more details.
-v See Common Options for more details.

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