E-WL: NodeManager Fails to Start WebLogic 10.3.x PIA: Error "BAD_CERTIFICATE alert"

(Doc ID 1415181.1)

Last updated on SEPTEMBER 12, 2013

Applies to:

PeopleSoft Enterprise PT PeopleTools - Version 8.50 to 8.53 [Release 8.4]
Information in this document applies to any platform.
***Checked for relevance on 12-Sep-2013***

Symptoms

After configuring SSL on the Node Manager and the WeblogicAdmin server, the WebLogicAdmin server is unable to start the PIA's.   The WebLogic Console displays message that the Node Manager Machine is not reachable.

File nodemanager.log (located in <WL_HOME>/wlserver_10.3/common/nodemanager), shows this message:

<Feb 15, 2012 5:40:34 PM> <WARNING> <Uncaught exception in server handlerjavax.net.ssl.SSLKeyException: [Security:090482]BAD_CERTIFICATE alert was received from abc.oracle.com - 12.345.678.123. Check the peer to determine why it rejected the certificate chain (trusted CA configuration, hostname verification). SSL debug tracing may be required to determine the exact reason the certificate was rejected.>
javax.net.ssl.SSLKeyException: [Security:090482]BAD_CERTIFICATE alert was received from abc.oracle.com - 12.345.678.123. Check the peer to determine why it rejected the certificate chain (trusted CA configuration, hostname verification). SSL debug tracing may be required to determine the exact reason the certificate was rejected.
   at com.certicom.tls.interfaceimpl.TLSConnectionImpl.fireException(Unknown Source)
   at com.certicom.tls.interfaceimpl.TLSConnectionImpl.fireAlertReceived(Unknown Source)
   etc etc



File WebLogicAdmin_stdout.log (or NTService log, if using Windows Service) shows the following error:

<Feb 15, 2012 5:40:34 PM PST> <Warning> <Security> <BEA-090477> <Certificate chain received from abc - 12.345.678.123 was not trusted causing SSL handshake failure.>



Problem can be recreated as follows:
   1) Start NodeManager (configured with SSL)
   2) Start WeblogicAdmin server (configured with SSL)
   3) Log into WebLogic console and do the following:
       -Navigate to Environment->Servers->PIA (or whatever managed server you are trying to start)
       -Go to Control Tab and the 'Start/Stop' subtab
       -Click 'Start' button to start the PIA
   4) PIA fails to start and above messages are logged to nodemanager.log and WebLogicAdmin stdout log.

Cause

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