Signing Applets

Posted on 1998-02-19
Last Modified: 2010-04-16
Could anyone out there tell me what the steps would be that I would have to take in order to sign an applet?

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In Sun's JDK 1.1 there is a tool called javakey that can be used along with your digital certificate to sign an applet.  If you are using another development environment they should have included a comparable utility but if not, then you can download the JDK from

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How do I obtain a digital certificate?

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You can make your own with the javakey utility BUT by default browser will only accept ones from a Certification Authority like Verisign, Thawte, and a few others.  If you don't mind explaining to your users how to add your certificate to their allowable "signers" then proceed.  If not, or if they don't trust you (and why should they?) then you'll have to apply for and pay for a legit certificate.  IMHO, it's a racket designed to make lot's of money for those few compainies who have paid off MS and Netscape to accept their certificates by default.  Anyone else is an outsider and has a lot of explaining to do even if they are legitimate themselves.

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I'm already going to have the users' prefs.js file modified to allow for capabilities api priviledges.  I just don't want them to have to be prompted to accept the security waiver.  If that could happen automatically it would be great.


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in that case you can also ask them to accept your certyficates as well.. You can issue your own certficates using a certificate server from Netscape.. It works well in an intranet kind of envirnment.. we are using it!!

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