Module java.base

Class Certificate

java.lang.Object
javax.security.cert.Certificate
Direct Known Subclasses:
X509Certificate

@Deprecated(since="9",
            forRemoval=true)
public abstract class Certificate
extends Object
Deprecated, for removal: This API element is subject to removal in a future version.
Use the classes in java.security.cert instead.

Abstract class for managing a variety of identity certificates. An identity certificate is a guarantee by a principal that a public key is that of another principal. (A principal represents an entity such as an individual user, a group, or a corporation.)

This class is an abstraction for certificates that have different formats but important common uses. For example, different types of certificates, such as X.509 and PGP, share general certificate functionality (like encoding and verifying) and some types of information (like a public key).

X.509, PGP, and SDSI certificates can all be implemented by subclassing the Certificate class, even though they contain different sets of information, and they store and retrieve the information in different ways.

Note: The classes in the package javax.security.cert exist for compatibility with earlier versions of the Java Secure Sockets Extension (JSSE). New applications should instead use the standard Java SE certificate classes located in java.security.cert.

Since:
1.4
See Also:
X509Certificate
  • Constructor Summary

    Constructors
    Constructor Description
    Certificate()
    Deprecated, for removal: This API element is subject to removal in a future version.
    Constructor for subclasses to call.
  • Method Summary

    Modifier and Type Method Description
    boolean equals​(Object other)
    Deprecated, for removal: This API element is subject to removal in a future version.
    Compares this certificate for equality with the specified object.
    abstract byte[] getEncoded()
    Deprecated, for removal: This API element is subject to removal in a future version.
    Returns the encoded form of this certificate.
    abstract PublicKey getPublicKey()
    Deprecated, for removal: This API element is subject to removal in a future version.
    Gets the public key from this certificate.
    int hashCode()
    Deprecated, for removal: This API element is subject to removal in a future version.
    Returns a hashcode value for this certificate from its encoded form.
    abstract String toString()
    Deprecated, for removal: This API element is subject to removal in a future version.
    Returns a string representation of this certificate.
    abstract void verify​(PublicKey key)
    Deprecated, for removal: This API element is subject to removal in a future version.
    Verifies that this certificate was signed using the private key that corresponds to the specified public key.
    abstract void verify​(PublicKey key, String sigProvider)
    Deprecated, for removal: This API element is subject to removal in a future version.
    Verifies that this certificate was signed using the private key that corresponds to the specified public key.

    Methods declared in class java.lang.Object

    clone, finalize, getClass, notify, notifyAll, wait, wait, wait
  • Constructor Details

    • Certificate

      public Certificate()
      Deprecated, for removal: This API element is subject to removal in a future version.
      Constructor for subclasses to call.
  • Method Details

    • equals

      public boolean equals(Object other)
      Deprecated, for removal: This API element is subject to removal in a future version.
      Compares this certificate for equality with the specified object. If the other object is an instanceof Certificate, then its encoded form is retrieved and compared with the encoded form of this certificate.
      Overrides:
      equals in class Object
      Parameters:
      other - the object to test for equality with this certificate.
      Returns:
      true if the encoded forms of the two certificates match, false otherwise.
      See Also:
      Object.hashCode(), HashMap
    • hashCode

      public int hashCode()
      Deprecated, for removal: This API element is subject to removal in a future version.
      Returns a hashcode value for this certificate from its encoded form.
      Overrides:
      hashCode in class Object
      Returns:
      the hashcode value.
      See Also:
      Object.equals(java.lang.Object), System.identityHashCode(java.lang.Object)
    • getEncoded

      public abstract byte[] getEncoded() throws CertificateEncodingException
      Deprecated, for removal: This API element is subject to removal in a future version.
      Returns the encoded form of this certificate. It is assumed that each certificate type would have only a single form of encoding; for example, X.509 certificates would be encoded as ASN.1 DER.
      Returns:
      encoded form of this certificate
      Throws:
      CertificateEncodingException - on internal certificate encoding failure
    • verify

      Deprecated, for removal: This API element is subject to removal in a future version.
      Verifies that this certificate was signed using the private key that corresponds to the specified public key.
      Parameters:
      key - the PublicKey used to carry out the verification.
      Throws:
      NoSuchAlgorithmException - on unsupported signature algorithms.
      InvalidKeyException - on incorrect key.
      NoSuchProviderException - if there's no default provider.
      SignatureException - on signature errors.
      CertificateException - on encoding errors.
    • verify

      Deprecated, for removal: This API element is subject to removal in a future version.
      Verifies that this certificate was signed using the private key that corresponds to the specified public key. This method uses the signature verification engine supplied by the specified provider.
      Parameters:
      key - the PublicKey used to carry out the verification.
      sigProvider - the name of the signature provider.
      Throws:
      NoSuchAlgorithmException - on unsupported signature algorithms.
      InvalidKeyException - on incorrect key.
      NoSuchProviderException - on incorrect provider.
      SignatureException - on signature errors.
      CertificateException - on encoding errors.
    • toString

      public abstract String toString()
      Deprecated, for removal: This API element is subject to removal in a future version.
      Returns a string representation of this certificate.
      Overrides:
      toString in class Object
      Returns:
      a string representation of this certificate.
    • getPublicKey

      public abstract PublicKey getPublicKey()
      Deprecated, for removal: This API element is subject to removal in a future version.
      Gets the public key from this certificate.
      Returns:
      the public key.