Implementing Secure Model Update

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Overview

For secure Model Update to work, a user-defined keystore file must be deployed in MobileFirst Server and a copy of the matching public key must be included in the deployed client application.

This topic describes how to bind a public key to new client applications and existing client applications that were upgraded. For more information on configuring the keystore in MobileFirst Server, see Configuring the MobileFirst Server keystore.

The server provides a built-in keystore that can be used for testing secure Model Update for development phases.

Note: After you bind the public key to the client application and rebuild it, you don’t need to upload it again to the MobileFirst Server. However, if you previously published the application and made it generally available, without the public key, you must republish it.

For development purposes, the following default, dummy public key is provided with MobileFirst Server:

-----BEGIN PUBLIC KEY-----
MIIDPjCCAiagAwIBAgIEUD3/bjANBgkqhkiG9w0BAQsFADBgMQswCQYDVQQGEwJJTDELMAkGA1UECBMCSUwxETA
PBgNVBAcTCFNoZWZheWltMQwwCgYDVQQKEwNJQk0xEjAQBgNVBAsTCVdvcmtsaWdodDEPMA0GA1UEAxMGV0wgRG
V2MCAXDTEyMDgyOTExMzkyNloYDzQ3NTAwNzI3MTEzOTI2WjBgMQswCQYDVQQGEwJJTDELMAkGA1UECBMCSUwxE
TAPBgNVBAcTCFNoZWZheWltMQwwCgYDVQQKEwNJQk0xEjAQBgNVBAsTCVdvcmtsaWdodDEPMA0GA1UEAxMGV0wg
RGV2MIIBIjANBgkqhkiG9w0BAQEFAAOCAQ8AMIIBCgKCAQEAzQN3vEB2/of7KAvuvyoIt0T7cjaSTjnOBm0N3+q
zx++dh92KpNJXj/a3o4YbwJXkJ7jU8ykjCYvjXRf0hme+HGhiIVwxJo54iqh76skDS5m7DaseFdndZUJ4p7NFVw
I5ixA36ZArSZ/Pn/ej56/RRjBeRI7AEGXUSGojBUPA6J6DYkwaXQRew9l+Q1kj4dTigyKL5Os0vNFaQyYu+bT2E
vnOixQ0DXm94IqmHZamZKbZLrWcOEfuAsSjKYOdMSM9jkCiHaKcj7fpEZhUxRRs7joKs1Ri4ihs6JeUvMEiG4gK
l9V3FP/Huy0pfkL0F8xMHgaQ4c/lxS/s3PV0OEg+7wIDAQABMA0GCSqGSIb3DQEBCwUAA4IBAQAgEhhqRl2Rgkt
MJeqOCRcT3uyr4XDK3hmuhEaE0nOvLHi61PoLKnDUNryWUicK/W+tUP9jkN5xRckdzG6TJ/HPySmZ7Adr6QRFu+
xcIMY+/S8j4PHLXBjoqgtUMhkt7S2/thN/VA6mwZpw4Ol0Pa2hyT2TkhQoYYkRwYCk9pxmuBCoH/eCWpSxquNny
RwrY25x0YzccXUaMI8L3/3hzq3mW40YIMiEdpiD5HqjUDpzN1funHNQdsxEIMYsWmGAwOdV5slFzyrH+ErUYUFA
pdGIdLtkrhzbqHFwXE0v3dt+lnLf21wRPIqYHaEu+EB/A4dLO6hm+IjBeu/No7H7TBFm
-----END PUBLIC KEY-----

Important: Do not use the public key for production purposes.

Generating and deploying the keystore

There are many tools available for generating certificates and extracting public keys from a keystore. The following example demonstrates the procedures with the JDK keytool utility and openSSL.

  1. Extract the public key from the keystore file that is deployed in the MobileFirst Server.

    Note: The public key must be Base64 encoded.

    For example, assume that the alias name is mfp-server and the keystore file is keystore.jks.
    To generate a certificate, issue the following command:

    keytool -export -alias mfp-server -file certfile.cert -keystore keystore.jks -storepass keypassword
    

    A certificate file is generated.
    Issue the following command to extract the public key:

    openssl x509 -inform der -in certfile.cert -pubkey -noout
    

    Note: Keytool alone cannot extract public keys in Base64 format.

  2. Perform the following steps:
    • Copy the resulting text, without the BEGIN PUBLIC KEY and END PUBLIC KEY.
    • In the client application, open the mobilefirst configuration file (i.e mfpclient.plist for iOS and mfpclient.properties for Android).
    • Add the new key value called wlSecureModelUpdatePublicKey.
    • Provide the public key for the corresponding key value and save.
Last modified on February 18, 2019