Moviri, Inc.

Little update since I have gone dark for a considerable amount of time. Starting work at Moviri was like diving straight into the deep end. The Moviri team has a startup culture which means that everything is hand on decks. We have a group of less than 10 taking on many projects at once. So far, I have seen to completion three very different projects. Over the course the past few months I have learned a lot.

I have spent a considerable amount of time learning how data is consumed within the TSCO Application and learned a lot of Java fixing bugs in the ETL code. Right now, I feel like I finally have a grip on the general flow of the day to day work that I can finally sit down and write a blog again. I still have a lot more to learn. Documentation and presenting is still on my weak side. I need to look out for some of the small details I tend to gloss over since I am moving so fast. I cannot rely on the software to carry me, the customers have already bought the software from BMC, they come to us for our expertise and what “We” bring to the table.

Hopefully, I can start up this blog in a regular interval to document the cool things I am learning.

Resteasy JAX-RS 2.0+ Client with Basic Auth & Accepting All SSL Certificates

The real reason for this blog post is to go over some code I wrote to initialize a Resteasy client. There is tons of posts and documentation on the subject, but I was unable to find anything specific to my particular issue.

My Problem: ETL code was written a couple years ago. Most of the client initialization code used is now deprecated. ETL was moved to a newer system and code is failing with the latest libraries.

My Approach: Understand the goals of the initClient() function. Figure out what part of the code works and what I need to gut. Most important, keep this code more simple then when I started.

My Solution: After googling the initial errors and really having a hard time understanding the state of the code. I started the statements in reverse and worked my way back. Basically, the client’s using a monitoring solution that has a queriable API I can create a connection to. As the name of the function implies, it initializes this interface for a Resteasy client. The interface is annotated and design to run some functions against different URIs and get specific parameters using this reverse proxy client. This is a very object-oriented approach. Besides just feeding a regular client to this proxy object client there are a few conditions to take care of.

  1. HTTPS is used to secure communications between the application server and the monitoring tool. I will need to use a secure protocol and have a strategy to accept the signed certificate.
  2. Basic Authentication headers are used with a username and password.
  3. Make sure that the client uses the Resteasy interface to query different parts of the monitoring solution in an object-oriented way.

I was able to find some information about the about the proxy framework straight from the JBoss documentation for Resteasy which looks exactly like the way the rest of the ETL works. The foundation is set, I need to establish a client, point it to a target, and feed it through this proxy. To feed the interface to the target, you would run this:

Client = Target.proxy(interface.class);

Basic Authentication can be accomplished relatively easy using the ResteasyWebTarget object and registering a BasicAuthentication object which is actually apart of the Resteasy library . This takes care of securely hashing the username and password in the header to send it over for authentication. This can be done easily with this line here:

Target.register(new BasicAuthentication(username, password));

Testing the client so far reveals one more issue. The client doesn’t know how to accept the certificate for the API. I knew what I needed to do, but unfortunately, I am so unfamiliar with the Resteasy library I have no idea what to do. Finally, after a few hours of trial and error, I skimmed over the existing code once more and found a section that creates a TrustStrategy object that was used previously to accept all certificates. This is not the best solution to run on production servers since if anyone can highjack that domain, I would securely communicate with a malicious entity. I decided to keep the trust all certificates because the monitoring solution should not be exposed to the public and it was used previously. Maybe at a later date, I would implement the use of TrustStores that will store the certificates for a more secure implementation, but I digress. Since this little snippet worked before and was not deprecated, I kept it. I quickly found online a solution that uses an SSL context builder I can load this TrustStrategy object and attach it to the client when I am building it. Here is the final code:

Can’t get much simpler than this. You have the “acceptAll” TrustStrategy that is fed into an SSL Context Builder which is fed into the client using the Resteasy Client Builder object. From there I need to point the client to a base target. I then add basic authentication headers to the target and feed that object through a proxy I simply named interface for clarity which follows the Resteasy proxy framework and everything started working again as it did before integrating the ETL with the new libraries. This code now even works with the older version of the ETL too. The previous code used a ton of hacks and shortcuts that didn’t really seem to make the code any easier to understand or troubleshoot. I am confident that this little snippet will help anyone else who has to maintain this code and understand without scratching their heads for two days as I did.