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Friday, July 15, 2011

Java Keystore Tips

1. What are the two common types for Keystore?
The common ones are JKS (Default) and JCEKS (when you want to store symmetric keys).

2. Common Errors Given final block not properly padded

Cause: The Keystore password and the KeyPair password are not the same.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

JBoss Application Server v7 is a lightning strike

An excellent blog post by Rich Sharples on a new lightning strike called as JBoss AS7 in the Java EE space. Please read it at Lightning Strikes !

Get JBoss AS7 from

Friday, July 8, 2011

PicketLink and SAML v1.1 Support

Even though SAML v1.1 has been deprecated in favor of SAML v2.0, there may be installations at users end, that require support for SAML v1.1

For this reason, PicketLink v2 now has SAMLv1.1 support.
It is documented here:

This article should form the dashboard for PicketLink-SAMLv1.1 support.

Note that both the PicketLink Identity Provider and the Security Token Server (STS) support both SAML v2 and v1.1

As always, pick the latest PicketLink v2 build from

Facebook over SSL only

If you use Facebook for your social networking needs, then do not forget to perform the following step to ensure FB is accessed over https/ssl only.

Go to:
Account -> Account Settings -> Account Security

Click "Change"
Check the "Browse Facebook on a secure connection (https) whenever possible" under "Secure Browsing (https)" section.

Click "Save"