Fixing Java PKIX path building failed errors


We use Maven to perform Sonarqube scanning on our project:

$ mvn sonar:sonar \
    -Dsonar.host.url=https://sonarqube.example.com \
    -Dsonar.login=71b7130c8 \
    -Dsonar.projectKey=FOO_bar \
    -Dsonar.branch.name=release/6.0

However, for projects using an old JDK 1.8.0_60, this failed with:

[ERROR] SonarQube server [https://sonarqube.example.com] can not be reached
[ERROR] Failed to execute goal
  org.sonarsource.scanner.maven:sonar-maven-plugin:3.8.0.2131:sonar
  (default-cli) on project core: Unable to execute SonarScanner
  analysis: Fail to get bootstrap index from server:
  sun.security.validator.ValidatorException: PKIX path building failed:
  sun.security.provider.certpath.SunCertPathBuilderException: unable to
  find valid certification path to requested target -> [Help 1]

Adding this parameter was helpful in seeing what was going inside the JDK:

-Djavax.net.debug="ssl,handshake"

The reason was that the cacerts SSL/TLS certificate store in the JDK was out of date. It didn't have the certificates needed to establish the chain of trust used when generating the TLS certificate on sonarqube.example.com.

To remedy this, I used the cacerts provided with apt-get installed openjdk-11-jdk-headless package:

# cd /usr/lib/jvm/java-1.8.0_60-oracle/jre/lib/security
# mv cacerts cacerts.orig
# ln -s /etc/ssl/certs/java/cacerts 

That's it. Java, and by that, the Maven and the Sonarqube scanner, can now connect to websites served over https.


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