Algorithm aliases of SHA-1 in DisabledAlgorithmConstraints

Sean Mullan sean.mullan at
Mon Mar 12 14:41:36 UTC 2018

On 3/12/18 4:39 AM, Weijun Wang wrote:
> I put "SHA-1" in a DisabledAlgorithmConstraints, it rejects SHA1 but allows sha1.

That sounds like a bug.

> The reason is that does not see "sha1".
> On the other hand, it rejects both "SHA-1" and "sha-1", because it's a direct case-insenstive match.
> Also, it allows both "SHA" and "sha" because there is no special code for it. Isn't "SHA" also an alias of "SHA-1"?
> Do you think all these names should be recognized? Shall we clarify it in the spec?

I would tend to think that we should only specify (or guarantee) that 
standard names are checked and used in the disabled algorithm 
properties. Aliases have never been a supported/standard feature, so I 
think if we start to accommodate them, then we have to document that and 
it increases the complexity of the code and chance that we might miss 
one. For example, SHA is an alias for SHA-1 in the JDK Sun provider but 
there is no corresponding alias for SHAwithRSA in the SunRsaSign 
provider, so it is inconsistent already.


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