SSL Configuration - Storm Server

To enable SSL layer within Storm Streaming Server, a proper jks file and a password must be provided.


Creating JKS file

In order to create JKS (Jva Key Store) we’ll need to go through several steps. First of all, the Keytool utility is required. To obtain it, please install Java JRE first. You can check our tutorial on how to do this here.

We’ll start with preparing a keystore file (named keystore.jks):

keytool -genkey -keystore keystore.jks -alias ssl -keyalg RSA -sigalg SHA256withRSA -validity 365 -keysize 2048

Once you hit enter, you’ll be asked to provide some basic information like password, organization, country, state code etc.

The next step is to create a Certificate Signing Request (CSR) from the created keystore to share with the Certificate Authority (CA) to sign and generate the primary/server certificate.

keytool -certreq -alias ssl -keystore keystore.jks -file yourcertfile.csr

We need to pass the correct alias name and password, which we mentioned during the creation of the keystore to extract the certificate request. Submit the generated CSR to any of the CA, which is supported by the SSL community to get the signed the Primary/Server certificate.

Once the CA signed the certificate and share it with us, we need to import the certificate to the keystore for the private key entry we created.

keytool -import -alias ssl -keystore keystore.jks -file yourcertfile.crt  

At the end we’ll have to import Intermediate CA Certificate to an existing Java Keystore:

keytool -import -trustcacerts -alias root -file cacertificate.cer -keystore keystore.jks

Nginx passthrough

For production workloads, we highly advise using Nginx passthrough instead of the internal Java SSL layer. You can check it out here.