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Comment: Fix STIG publication date. Add V-222931.


This is a community review of the (USA) Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) Security Technical Implementation Guide (STIG) dated 20222021-0112-27 which can be browsed conveniently at this address:


No general recommendations at this point.



This finding contains multiple inaccuracies.

This finding claims that Apache Tomcat "currently operates only on JKS, PKCS11, or PKCS12 format keystores." Further, it claims that the finding only applies to JKS keystores. Finally, it claims that Tomcat will use a default password of "changeit" if the keystore was not created with a password.

Many of the above are factually incorrect. Apache Tomcat can use JKS and PKCS12 format keystores, but PKCS11 is another thing entirely which can be accessed in various ways. Apache Tomcat also supports the use of JCEKS keystores and PEM-encoded DER files which can include password-protected content similar to the other keystores.

In all of these cases, Apache Tomcat will use any password provided by the administrator in the appropriate position in the configuration file. Apache Tomcat will indeed use "changeit" as the default password if none is specified in the configuration to load the keys from a keystore. Apache Tomcat does not create keystores, and any administrator would have to explicitly specify "changeit" as the password used to protect a given keystore.

The recommendations should be made to protect the keystore with a password (and explicitly not to use "changeit" which is the commonly-used password in all Java-keystore-related HOWTOs and other guides) and has nothing to do really with Apache Tomcat's behavior at all. Furthermore, all keys should be recommended to be protected, not just those in JKS and PKCS12 key stores. JCEKS and PEM-encoded-DER files should be given the same prescription.


This finding confuses HTTP TRACE and software application stack traces and recommends a course of action that does not provide any security benefit.