KeyStore Explorer 4.1 Released

I am pleased to announce that KeyStore Explorer 4.1 has been released. I have been working on this release on and off (mostly off) for nearly two years. It is great to finally be able to distribute it. I intend to release more frequently going forward.

My thanks go to the beta test volunteers. The volunteers found bugs and suggested many improvements. Some of the minor improvements made it into 4.1. The meatier enhancements are slated for future releases. I intend to run beta test programmes for all future releases.

Note that to use version 4.1 you may have to upgrade the cryptography strength of your Java Runtime. I have built a wizard into KeyStore Explorer to guide users through this process. Complicating the setup of KeyStore Explorer was not a decision I took lightly. Unfortunately the upgrade is required for me to expand KeyStore Explorer’s feature set.

KeyStore Explorer is available to download from here.

Here are the new features that you can expect to find in 4.1…

New Features in 4.1

Double maximum RSA Key Pair Generation size from 8192 bits to 16384 bits.

Upgrade to latest Bouncy Castle version.

Support 11 new signatures algorithms for Key Pair Generation, CSR Generation and CSR Signing:

  • RIPEMD-128 with RSA.
  • RIPEMD-160 with RSA.
  • RIPEMD-256 with RSA
  • SHA-224 with RSA.
  • SHA-256 with RSA.
  • SHA-384  with RSA.
  • SHA-512 with RSA.
  • SHA-224 with DSA.
  • SHA-256 with DSA.
  • SHA-384 with DSA.
  • SHA-512 with DSA.

Configurable Trust Check settings for:

  • Import Trusted Certificate.
  • Import CA Reply.

Allow the removal of certificates from the end of a key pair entry’s certificate chain.

Make thumbprints selectable and expand choice of thumbprints (applies to Certificate Details dialog).

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2 Comments on “KeyStore Explorer 4.1 Released”

  1. Pathduck Says:

    Being part of the beta testing was great in being able to test and give feedback to a great free product. Everywhere you read guides on SSL and keystores you read either openssl or keytool examples. These are not easy tools to learn, they are easy to mess up, and I think a lot of pain can be avoided in using a GUI such as KSE.

    • waynedgrant Says:

      I’m glad to hear you got something out of the exercise too. For me all the feedback from users gives me loads to work on for 4.2 and beyond. After all the time spent testing of late I’m really looking forward to doing some coding again.


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