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How to read SSL certificates?

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I have several web servers with SSL certificates installed.
My plan is to write a java program which will grab the certs
via ftp, then read (parse) the certificate information.
Ultimately what I want is the expiration date. I found an
example of printing a cert (listed below), but get unresolved
symbol errors when compiling. I thought I needed the Java
Cryptography Extension (JCE), so I downloaded and installed
that, but still get the error. What do I need to do in order
to parse a Verisign certificate, in either .cer or .crt format?


public class PrintCert {
public static void main(String args[]) {
try {
FileInputStream fr = new FileInputStream("sdo.cer");
X509Certificate c = X509Certificate.getInstance(fr);
System.out.println("Read in the following certificate:");
System.out.println("\tCertificate for: " + c.getSubjectDN());
System.out.println("\tCertificate issued by: " + c.getIssuerDN());
System.out.println("\tThe certificate is valid from " +
c.getNotBefore() + " to " + c.getNotAfter());
System.out.println("\tCertificate SN# " + c.getSerialNumber());
System.out.println("\tGenerated with " + c.getSigAlgName());
} catch (Exception e) {
Jul 17 '05 #1
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