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Status Planned for future release
Categories APIs & SDKs
Created by Guest
Created on Apr 8, 2022

CDWS - certificate-based authentication - CLIENT certificate differentiation

We use standard connection path for certificate-based authentication:

CLIENT (for example curl command) -> CDWS (CD Web Services) -> CD (Connect Direct)

Let's assume that:

  • CLIENT uses client certificate with CNAME=cert1

  • CDWS server uses certificate with CNAME=cert2

  • CD server uses certificate with CNAME=cert3

For more clarity, let's assume, that:

  • All certificates (cert1, cert2, cert3) have the same issuer and use the same trusted CAs chain.

PROBLEM: No matter which certificate we use on the CLIENT's side (and authorize it in in CDWS), always we are connecting to CD using CDWS server's certificate. So no matter if on CLIENT we use CNAME=cert1 or CNAME=cert999, then it will be always connecting to the CD using CDWS certificate CNAME=cert2.

This means:

  • we can connect to CD only as one "user", the one which matches the CDWS certificate CNAME, however we need to connect to CD using multiple "users" that are equal to CLIENT's certificate CNAME.

What is your industry? Banking
How will this idea be used?

Currently software does not distinguish the CLIENTs. Clients may use various certs and this fact should be distinguished.

This enhancement will allow to connect to CD as the user which matches the CNAME of CLIENT's certificate.

  • Admin
    Chris Sanders
    Aug 19, 2022

    Thank you for opening this enhancement request with IBM. I have reviewed it with my team and we believe that more closely tying certificates from the client connection to the C:D server itself is a valuable enhancement. There are some technical challenges with your specific certificate pass-through request, but we do intend to deliver an integrated REST API option moving forward. I believe this will meet your needs so I'm accepting this request as part of that activity.


    Chris Sanders

    Connect:Direct Product Manager