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Status Not under consideration
Created by Guest
Created on Feb 13, 2023

HTTP Adapter Connection Properties: SSL Settings - multiple system certificates needed

When the certificate used for our AS2 and HTTP connections with trading partners expires, we must switch to a new certificate. Each of our trading partners must be given the new certificate.

The System certificate option on the HTTP Adapter Connection Properties: SSL Settings screen allows for only 1 entry. Therefore, the new certificate has to replace the old certificate independently. The old certificate and the new certificate are not able to be in effect at the same time. This means that ALL trading partners must update their certificates at the same time. What a mess!!!

If both the old and the new certificates could be present at the same time, our trading partners could update to the new certificate whenever they are ready. Forcing the various trading partners to all do something at the same time is an impossible expectation & there are always issues.

Many of our trading partners allow us to update to a new certificate that they have issued at whatever date/time that is best for us. We do not have to update our system at a specific date/time. Sterling Integrator should allow us to do the same for them.

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What is your industry? Travel & Transportation
How will this idea be used?

This update will allow us to handle trading partner certificate updates in a much more methodical manner. There will be fewer incidents. And life will be easier for our trading partners, which is good for business.

  • Admin
    Dmitry Mallik
    Oct 16, 2023

    Hello Pete,

    Thank you for taking the time to provide your ideas to IBM. We truly value our relationship with you and appreciate your willingness to share details about your experience, your recommendations, and ideas.

    IBM has evaluated the request and has determined that it cannot be implemented at this time or does not align with our current strategy or roadmap.

    Having two certs available at the same time does not align with our security posture.

  • Guest
    May 15, 2023

    Hi Ryan,

    1) We are not really asking for cert rollover capablity per se. Just the ability to have 2 certs available and effective for a short period of time until the old one expires.

    2) The http server adapter needs to allow for 2 certificates to be in effect. And for example, you could only allow the second cert (the old one) to be in place if it expires in one month or less. But 2 certs would be valid for the trading partners to use so that they could switch to the new one at a time that is convenient for them rather than being forced to switch to the new one at a certain time. I do not see SNI as being related to the issue.

    3) We are not using SSP.

    Thanks, Pete

  • Guest
    May 15, 2023

    Thank you for the idea. Could you please restate the ask?

    1) Are you asking for a cert rollover capability?

    2) Any given time does the single http server adapter w/ 2 certs? SNI?

    3) Are you using SSP?