SearchBlox Developer Documentation

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SearchBlox SSL Configuration

SearchBlox server runs on SSL by default using a Self Signed Certificate.

Importing External SSL Certificate using Java Key Tool

Follow the steps to import external SSL Certificates (.pem or .certs):

Step 1

Go to path:
For Windows: C:\SearchBloxServer\etc
For Linux: /opt/searchblox/etc/



If a keystore file is already present, you can either rename it or delete by taking a backup of it.

Step 2
Generate a Java keystore and key pair
we need to create a .jks file (Example: searchblox.jks) using the following command .

keytool -genkey -alias searchblox -keyalg RSA -keystore searchblox.jks -keysize 2048

Step 3
Import a root or intermediate CA certificate to an existing Java keystore
If we have .pem/.cert (Example:searchblox.pem/searchblox.crt)
we need to import into searchblox.jks file which we have created in the previous step.

keytool -import -trustcacerts -alias searchblox -file searchblox.pem -keystore searchblox.jks

Step 4
Converting the .JKS file into .P12 or .PKCS12 Format
In this step we need to convert the searchblox.jks into searchblox.p12/searchblox.pkcs12 format.

keytool -importkeystore -srckeystore searchblox.jks -destkeystore searchblox.p12 -deststoretype PKCS12

It will ask you to create a new password for PKCS12 file and ask for other required details(First name/last name is the CN (i.e must match FQDN that users will browse to)). Once you enter please type yes.

Step 5
Run the following command to create keystore file using PKCS12 file.

keytool -importkeystore -srckeystore searchblox.p12 -srcstoretype PKCS12 -destkeystore keystore

Step 6
Go to path:

For Windows:C:\SearchBloxServer\lib
For Linux: /opt/searchblox/lib/

Generate the OBF key by running the following command. This will create OBF and MD5 hashes of the given password that can be added to sslcontextfactory ie jetty-ssl-context.xml mentioned in the next step.

java -cp jetty-util-9.4.26.v20200117.jar [email protected]


Step 7
Go to path

For Windows: C:\SearchBloxServer\etc
For Linux: /opt/searchblox/etc/

Update the OBF key ("OBF:1ing1j1s1kmy1jnb1nl91nip1jk71kjo1iz21iky ") into jetty-ssl-context.xml file.

Update the OBF key values for "KeyStorePassword" and "KeyManagerPassword".
For "TrustStorePassword" add the default parameter as shown in the XML reference below:

<Configure id="sslContextFactory" class="org.eclipse.jetty.util.ssl.SslContextFactory">

  <Set name="KeyStorePath"><Property name="jetty.base" default="." />/<Property name="jetty.keystore" default="etc/SBkeystore.jks"/></Set>

  <Set name="KeyStorePassword"><Property name="jetty.keystore.password" default="OBF:1r2t1ugg1wgg1unj1ik8sjshy7hsk1ing1uof1wfi1kjs7jr55"/></Set>

  <Set name="KeyManagerPassword"><Property name="jetty.keymanager.password" default="OBF:1r2ldskfjfj7d7hjejdkd9jdy20ec1ing1uof1wfi1uha1r55"/></Set>

  <Set name="TrustStorePath"><Property name="jetty.base" default="." />/<Property name="jetty.truststore" default="etc/SBkeystore.jks"/></Set>

  <Set name="TrustStorePassword"><Property name="jetty.truststore.password" default="OBF:1r2t1ugg1wgg1udlkdkfjgjjg8duhjd7huha1r55"/></Set>

  <Set name="EndpointIdentificationAlgorithm"></Set>

  <Set name="ExcludeCipherSuites">

Step 8
Stop and Start SearchBlox service

Open your browser and go to the URL: https://localhost:8443/searchblox/admin/main.jsp and confirm the valid SSL cert is now displayed when you click on the browsers lock icon.



  • When creating or exporting the JKS, be sure to specify format PKCS #12 and not JKS format. Jetty requires PKCS #12.
  • If working with a SearchBlox cluster, specify all of the hostnames in the cluster as Subject Alt Names on the certificate. This lets you use the same certificate/JKS file for all machines in the cluster.

Disable TLS

TLS can be disabled by updating the configuration within ../etc/jetty-ssl-context.xml

By default, only TLS v1.2 / TLS v1.3 is enabled.

If you need to disable TLSv1 and TLSv1.1 please follow the steps below:
1.) Edit the following file after stopping SearchBlox service:

2.) Add or update the required protocols under the sslContextFactory tag.

<Call name="setExcludeProtocols">
      <Array type="String">
  <Call name="addExcludeCipherSuites">
    <Array type="String">

3.) Restart the SearchBlox service.

Cipher suites in SSL

Cipher suites can be included or excluded by editing the the file ../etc/jetty-ssl-context.xml

To exclude cipher suites:

<Set name="ExcludeCipherSuites">
<Array type="String">

To include cipher suites:

<Set name="IncludeCipherSuites"> 
<Array type="String"> 

Disable SSL

  1. Go to <SEARCHBLOX_INSTALLATION_PATH>/start.ini and uncomment the following line at line number 155
  2. Delete the file <SEARCHBLOX_INSTALLATION_PATH>/start.d/https.ini
  3. Restart SearchBlox
  4. SearchBlox will be accessible only at http://localhost:8080/searchblox/admin/main.jsp

Updated 4 months ago

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