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Status Not under consideration
Workspace IBM i
Categories Security
Created by Guest
Created on Feb 15, 2017

Certificates that have an expiration date beyond January 19, 2038 on IBM i R54x systems

We have a problem with a V5R4M5 lpar where we need to import a CA certificate which expires after January 19th 2038. The CA certificate signed a certificate request made from this lpar. That is not possible. I can see that there are ptf's to V6R1M*, V7R1 and V7R2 which solve the problem.

SE63030, SE63257, MA45022, SE63029

We have extended support for V5R4M5 - is it possible to get ptf's for
this release ?

Use Case:

We need to be able to encrypt communication between our lpar and a monitoring system and also encrypt our telnet and ftp trafic.

Idea priority Medium
  • Guest
    Jun 12, 2020

    IBM does not intend to provide a solution to this request at this time, so it is being closed.

  • Guest
    Feb 16, 2017

    As you mentioned, this support was provided in recent versions, but not in V5R4.
    There is a technical reason this enhancement cannot be ported back to IBM i 5.4.
    In order for the import certificate code to validate the validity time frame when the expiration date goes beyond January 2038, a 64-bit time variable needs to be used. The variable type (time64_t) and all the system level functions that use that variable type do not exist in the compilers for IBM i 5.4.
    I would suggest sending a response to the Certificate Authority (CA) that issued your certificate and request new certificates that expire before 2038 so they can be used on V5R4.

  • Guest
    Feb 16, 2017

    Due to processing by IBM, this request was reassigned to have the following updated attributes:
    Brand - Servers and Systems Software
    Product family - Power Systems
    Product - IBM i
    Component - Security
    Operating system - IBM i
    Source - None

    For recording keeping, the previous attributes were:
    Brand - Servers and Systems Software
    Product family - Power Systems
    Product - IBM i
    Component - Core OS
    Operating system - IBM i
    Source - None