Re: fingerprint of a x.509 certificate

"Alex Artemiev" <>
Sun, 27 Aug 2006 13:06:47 +0200
Try KeyStore object. I think, this is how "keytool" from Sun is done.
"Babu Kalakrishnan" <> wrote in message

emrefan wrote:

My question is this: how to calculate the fingerprint of an x.509
certificate, programmatically in java, that is. I have already tried
this below but the result didn't look like what I
obtained otherwise (running "openssl x509 -noout -fingerprint -sha1 -in

<the cert file>"), so...

MessageDigest md = MessageDigest.getInstance( "SHA1" );
X509Certificate cert = X509Certificate.getInstance( new
FileInputStream( "somecert.crt" ) );
md.update( cert.getEncoded() );
byte[] fp = md.digest();

In my experience the above method of obtaining the fingerprint works
fine, and does give results that match with openssl outputs. How are
you comparing the two ? Here's a utility routine that I use to dump the
fingerprint in a format that matches the output of openssl. Try using
this to dump the byte array "fp" and see if matches.

public static char[] HEX_CHARS =
public static String dumpHex(byte[] data)
   int n = data.length;
   StringBuffer sb = new StringBuffer(n*3-1);
   for (int i=0; i < n; i++)
       if (i > 0) sb.append(':');
       sb.append(HEX_CHARS[(data[i] >> 4) & 0x0F]);
       sb.append(HEX_CHARS[data[i] & 0x0F]);
   return sb.toString();


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