Oracle iPlanet Web Server 7.0.9 Administrator's Configuration File Reference


The get-client-cert function gets the authenticated client certificate from the SSL3 session. It can apply to all HTTP methods, or only to those that match a specified pattern. It only works when SSL is enabled on the server.

If the certificate is present or obtained from the SSL3 session, the function returns REQ_NOACTION and allows the request to proceed. Otherwise, it returns REQ_ABORTED and sets the protocol status to 403 forbidden, causing the request to fail.


The following table describes parameters for the get-client-cert function.

Table 7–24 get-client-cert Parameters




(Optional) Controls whether to actually get the certificate, or just test for its presence. 

  • 1 tells the function to redo the SSL3 handshake to get a client certificate, if the server does not already have the client certificate. This typically causes the client to present a dialog box to the user to select a client certificate. The server might already have the client certificate if it was requested on the initial handshake, or if a cached SSL session has been resumed.

  • 0 tells the function not to redo the SSL3 handshake if the server does not already have the client certificate.

    If a certificate is obtained from the client and verified successfully by the server, the ASCII base 64 encoding of the DER-encoded X.509 certificate is placed in the parameter auth-cert in the Request->vars pblock, and the function returns REQ_PROCEED, allowing the request to proceed.

The default value is 0.


(Optional) Controls whether failure to get a client certificate will abort the HTTP request. 

  • 1 tells the function to abort the HTTP request if the client certificate is not present after dorequest is handled. In this case, the HTTP status is set to PROTOCOL_FORBIDDEN, and the function returns REQ_ABORTED.

  • 0 tells the function to return REQ_NOACTION if the client certificate is not present after dorequest is handled.

The default value is 1.


(Optional) Specifies a wildcard pattern for the HTTP methods for which the function will be applied. If method is absent, the function is applied to all requests.


(Optional) Common to all obj.conf functions. Adds a bucket to monitor performance. For more information, see The bucket Parameter.


# Get the client certificate from the session. 
# If a certificate is not already associated with the session, request one.
# The request fails if the client does not present a 
#valid certificate.
PathCheck fn="get-client-cert" dorequest="1"