Crypto component for Digital Signatures
Available as of Camel 2.3
With Camel cryptographic endpoints and Java's Cryptographic extension it is easy to create Digital Signatures for Exchanges. Camel provides a pair of flexible endpoints which get used in concert to create a signature for an exchange in one part of the exchange's workflow and then verify the signature in a later part of the workflow.
Maven users will need to add the following dependency to their
Digital signatures make use of Asymmetric Cryptographic techniques to sign messages. From a (very) high level, the algorithms use pairs of complimentary keys with the special property that data encrypted with one key can only be decrypted with the other. One, the private key, is closely guarded and used to 'sign' the message while the other, public key, is shared around to anyone interested in verifying the signed messages. Messages are signed by using the private key to encrypting a digest of the message. This encrypted digest is transmitted along with the message. On the other side the verifier recalculates the message digest and uses the public key to decrypt the the digest in the signature. If both digests match the verifier knows only the holder of the private key could have created the signature.
Camel uses the Signature service from the Java Cryptographic Extension to do all the heavy cryptographic lifting required to create exchange signatures. The following are some excellent resources for explaining the mechanics of Cryptography, Message digests and Digital Signatures and how to leverage them with the JCE.
As mentioned Camel provides a pair of crypto endpoints to create and verify signatures
In order to correctly function, the sign and verify process needs a pair of keys to be shared, signing requiring a
1) Raw keys
The most basic way to way to sign and verify an exchange is with a KeyPair as follows.
The same can be achieved with the Spring XML Extensions using references to keys
2) KeyStores and Aliases.
The JCE provides a very versatile keystore concept for housing pairs of private keys and certificates, keeping them encrypted and password protected. They can be retrieved by applying an alias to the retrieval APIs. There are a number of ways to get keys and Certificates into a keystore, most often this is done with the external 'keytool' application. This is a good example of using keytool to create a KeyStore with a self signed Cert and Private key.
The examples use a Keystore with a key and cert aliased by 'bob'. The password for the keystore and the key is 'letmein'
The following shows how to use a Keystore via the Fluent builders, it also shows how to load and initialize the keystore.
Again in Spring a ref is used to lookup an actual keystore instance.
3) Changing JCE Provider and Algorithm
Changing the Signature algorithm or the Security provider is a simple matter of specifying their names. You will need to also use Keys that are compatible with the algorithm you choose.
4) Changing the Signature Message Header
It may be desirable to change the message header used to store the signature. A different header name can be specified in the route definition as follows
5) Changing the buffersize
In case you need to update the size of the buffer...
6) Supplying Keys dynamically.
When using a Recipient list or similar EIP the recipient of an exchange can vary dynamically. Using the same key across all recipients may be neither feasible nor desirable. It would be useful to be able to specify signature keys dynamically on a per-exchange basis. The exchange could then be dynamically enriched with the key of its target recipient prior to signing. To facilitate this the signature mechanisms allow for keys to be supplied dynamically via the message headers below
Even better would be to dynamically supply a keystore alias. Again the alias can be supplied in a message header
The header would be set as follows