Use TLS/SSL certificates in your application in Azure Spring Apps

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This article applies to: ✔️ Basic/Standard ✔️ Enterprise

This article shows you how to use public certificates in Azure Spring Apps for your application. Your app might act as a client and access an external service that requires certificate authentication, or it might need to perform cryptographic tasks.

When you let Azure Spring Apps manage your TLS/SSL certificates, you can maintain the certificates and your application code separately to safeguard your sensitive data. Your app code can access the public certificates you add to your Azure Spring Apps instance.

Prerequisites

Import a certificate

You can choose to import your certificate into your Azure Spring Apps instance from either Key Vault or use a local certificate file.

Import a certificate from Key Vault

You need to grant Azure Spring Apps access to your key vault before you import your certificate using these steps:

  1. Sign in to the Azure portal.

  2. Select Key vaults, then select the Key Vault you import your certificate from.

  3. In the left navigation pane, select Access policies, then select Create.

  4. Select Certificate permissions, then select Get and List.

    Screenshot of the Azure portal that shows the Create an access policy page with Permission pane showing and Get and List permissions highlighted.

  5. Under Principal, select your Azure Spring Cloud Resource Provider.

    Screenshot of the Azure portal that shows the Create an access policy page with Principal pane showing and Azure Spring Apps Resource Provider highlighted.

  6. Select Review + Create, then select Create.

After you grant access to your key vault, you can import your certificate using these steps:

  1. Go to your service instance.

  2. From the left navigation pane of your instance, select TLS/SSL settings.

  3. Select Import Key Vault Certificate in the Public Key Certificates section.

  4. Select your key vault in the Key vaults section, select your certificate in the Certificate section, and then select Select.

  5. Provide a value for Certificate name, select Enable auto sync if needed, and then select Apply. For more information, see the Auto sync certificate section of Map an existing custom domain to Azure Spring Apps.

After you've successfully imported your certificate, you see it in the list of Public Key Certificates.

Note

The Azure Key Vault and Azure Spring Apps instances should be in the same tenant.

Import a local certificate file

You can import a certificate file stored locally using these steps:

  1. Go to your service instance.
  2. From the left navigation pane of your instance, select TLS/SSL settings.
  3. Select Upload public certificate in the Public Key Certificates section.

After you've successfully imported your certificate, you see it in the list of Public Key Certificates.

Load a certificate

To load a certificate into your application in Azure Spring Apps, start with these steps:

  1. Go to your application instance.
  2. From the left navigation pane of your app, select Certificate management.
  3. Select Add certificate to choose certificates accessible for the app.

Screenshot of the Azure portal that shows the Certificate management page with the Add certificate button highlighted.

Load a certificate from code

Your loaded certificates are available in the /etc/azure-spring-cloud/certs/public folder. Use the following Java code to load a public certificate in an application in Azure Spring Apps.

CertificateFactory factory = CertificateFactory.getInstance("X509");
FileInputStream is = new FileInputStream("/etc/azure-spring-cloud/certs/public/<certificate name>");
X509Certificate cert = (X509Certificate) factory.generateCertificate(is);

// use the loaded certificate

Load a certificate into the trust store

For a Java application, you can choose Load into trust store for the selected certificate. The certificate is automatically added to the Java default TrustStores to authenticate a server in SSL authentication.

The following log from your app shows that the certificate is successfully loaded.

Load certificate from specific path. alias = <certificate alias>, thumbprint = <certificate thumbprint>, file = <certificate name>

Next steps