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Transport Layer Security (TLS)

Genesys Knowledge Center supports the Transport Layer Security (TLS) protocol to secure data exchanged with other Genesys components. For details about TLS, see the Genesys 8.1 Security Deployment Guide. You can configure TLS for Knowledge Center by completing the procedures on this page.

Configuring TLS for Genesys Servers

To configure the TLS parameters for Genesys servers like Configuration Server, see Configuring TLS Parameters in Configuration Manager.

Configuring TLS for Genesys Knowledge Center Server

To enable TLS support for the Genesys Knowledge Center Server, you must do the following:

  1. Have properly installed a trusted certificates for the Genesys server.
  2. Configure TLS options for the Genesys Knowledge Center Server application.
  3. Configure the appropriate connections between the Genesys Knowledge Center Server application and the necessary Genesys servers through secure ports. For example, by setting a secure Config Server port in the Server Installation Folder/server/setenv.bat file in the PRIMARY_CFGSERVER_PORT variable.

Configuring TLS Options

The Genesys Knowledge Center Server includes the following TLS-related configuration options in its security section.

Option Default Value Mandatory Changes Take Effect Description
trusted-ca-type none no after restart Type of trusted storage

Valid values: MSCAPI, PEM or JKS. If empty, TLS support is disabled.

trusted-ca none no after restart Specifies the name of the trusted store file which holds the public certificate to verify the server.

Applicable for PEM and JKS trusted storage types only. Valid values: valid file name (including path)

trusted-ca-pwd none no after restart Password for the JKS trusted storage.

Valid values: any string

See Configuring Trusted Stores below for details about configuration for a specific type of store (PEM, JKS, MSCAPI).

Configuring Trusted Stores

PEM Trusted Store

PEM stands for "Privacy Enhanced Mail", a 1993 IETF proposal for securing e-mail using public-key cryptography. That proposal defined the PEM file format for certificates as one containing a Base64-encoded X.509 certificate in specific binary representation with additional metadata headers.

PEM certificate trusted store works with CA certificate from an X.509 PEM file. It is a recommended trusted store to work on Linux systems.

Complete the steps below to work with the PEM certificate trusted store:

Start

  1. Configure TLS for Genesys servers to use certificates signed by CA certificate certificateCA.crt.
  2. Place the trusted CA certificate in PEM format on the Genesys Knowledge Center Server application host. To convert a certificate of another format to .pem format you can use the OpenSSL tool. For example:
    • Convert a DER file (.crt .cer .der) to PEM:
      openssl x509 -inform der -in certificateCA.crt -out certificateCA.pem
    • Convert a PKCS#12 file (.pfx .p12) containing a private key and certificates to PEM:
      openssl pkcs12 -in certificateCA.pfx -out certificateCA.pem -nodes
      You can add -nocerts to only output the private key or add -nokeys to only output the certificates.
  3. In Genesys Administrator, navigate to Provisioning > Environment > Applications and open your Knowledge Center Server application.
  4. Click the Options tab and navigate to the security section.
  5. Set the trusted-ca-type option to PEM.
  6. Set the trusted-ca option to the path and file name for your trusted CA in PEM format on the Genesys Knowledge Center Server application host.
  7. Click Save & Close.

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JKS Trusted Store

A Java KeyStore (JKS) is a repository of security certificates used, for instance, in SSL/TLS encryption. The Java Development Kit provides a tool named keytool to manipulate the keystore.

Complete the steps below to work with the JKS certificate trusted store:

Start

  1. Configure TLS for Genesys servers to use certificates signed by CA certificate certificateCA.crt.
  2. Import the CA certificate to an existing Java keystore using keytool:
    • Run the keytool command with option -alias set to root:
      keytool -import -trustcacerts -alias root -file certificateCa.crt -keystore /path/to/keysore/keystore.jks
    • Enter the keystore password in command line prompt - for example:
      Enter keystore password: somepassword
  3. In Genesys Administrator, navigate to Provisioning > Environment > Applications and open your Knowledge Center Server application.
  4. Click the Options tab and navigate to the security section.
  5. Set the trusted-ca-type option to JKS.
  6. Set the trusted-ca option to the path and file name for your JKS trusted storage type on the Genesys Knowledge Center Server application host.
  7. Set the trusted-pwd option to the password defined for your keystore in Step 2.
  8. Click Save & Close.

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MSCAPI Trusted Store

Complete the steps below to work with the MSCAPI certificate trusted store:

Start

  1. Configure and tune TLS for Genesys servers to use certificates signed by the same CA.
  2. If the Knowledge Center Server is running on a different host, copy the trusted CA certificate to this host.
  3. Import the CA certificate to WCS via Certificates Snap-in on the Knowledge Center Server host by launching the MMC console. Enter mmc at the command line.
  4. Select File > Add/Remove Snap-in... from the main menu.

    GWE-AddRemoveSnapin.jpeg
  5. Select Certificates from the list of available snap-ins and click Add.

    GWE-AddSnapin.jpeg
  6. Select the account to manage certificates for and click Finish. It is important to place certificates under the correct Windows account. Some applications are run as services under the Local Service or System account, while others are run under user accounts. The account chosen in MMC must be the same as the account used by the application which certificates are configured for, otherwise the application will not be able to access this WCS storage.

    GWE-CertsSnapin.jpeg
  7. Click OK.
  8. Import a certificate. Right-click the "Trusted Root Certification Authorities/Certificates" folder and choose All Tasks > Import... from the context menu. Follow the steps presented by the Certificate Import Wizard. Oonce finished the imported certificate appears in the certificates list.

    GWE-TasksImport.jpeg
  9. In Genesys Administrator, navigate to Provisioning > Environment > Applications and open your Knowledge Center Server application.
  10. Click the Options tab and navigate to the security section.
  11. Set the trusted-ca-type option to MSCAP.
  12. Click Save & Close.

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This page was last modified on May 19, 2015, at 01:24.

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