It took two very frustrating weeks for this, but I finally managed to install a public RELOAD Configuration and Enrollment test server. The frustration part is a consequence of my self-imposed list of requirements: Full implementation of the RELOAD spec, IPv4 and IPv6 support, JMX management over TLS with client certificates and the private key for the RELOAD CA stored in a PKCS#11 token. The code is still not perfect, but it at least fulfills all the requirements.
The libreload-java library contains everything to process the data returned by the server, but it is possible to use command-line tools to have a look to the configuration file and to generate RELOAD certificates. First step, finding the IP address of the configuration server for the “implementers.org” overlay using the DNS:
$ host -t SRV _p2psip-enroll._tcp.implementers.org
_p2psip-enroll._tcp.implementers.org has SRV record 40 0 443 implementers.org
$ host implementers.org
implementers.org has address 184.108.40.206
implementers.org has IPv6 address 2604:3400:dc1:41:216:3eff:fe5b:8240
Next step, retrieving the current version of the configuration file:
$ curl --resolve implementers.org:443:2604:3400:dc1:41:216:3eff:fe5b:8240 https://implementers.org/.well-known/p2psip-enroll
The configuration file contains the current URL of the enrollment server, https://implementers.org/enrollment.
The next step is to generate an RSA key pair:
$ openssl genrsa -out cert.rsa
$ openssl pkcs8 -in cert.rsa -out cert.key -topk8 -nocrypt
Then we can generate a certificate request in DER form:
$ openssl req -new -key cert.key -outform der -out cert.req
The certificate request can be sent to the enrollment server, which will use it to generate a certificate:
$ wget "https://implementers.org/enrollment?username=test&password=test" --post-file=cert.req --header "Content-Type: application/pkcs10" --header "Accept: application/pkix-cert" -O cert.der
Note that the password is mandatory but any password can be used at this time, as there is no user management in the server yet. The certificate returned will contain one user name and one Node-ID, but a certificate with multiple Node-IDs can be requested with the nodeids= parameter, as specified in version -15 of the RELOAD I-D. The content of the certificate can be displayed with something like this:
$ openssl x509 -noout -text -inform DER -in cert.der
I also released a new version of the libreload-java package that contains some bug fixes and improvements related to version -15 of the I-D. For example the library can now generate a signed configuration file, even if the test server is not using it yet.
Update 6/2/2011: Use curl instead of wget so we can force the IP address and port to the result of the SRV query.
Update 8/13/2012: This this post for the updated version of the servers.