Configure the External REST Service

You can edit the external REST configuration over REST at the config/external.rest endpoint.

This sample external REST configuration sets up the external REST service:

{
    "socketTimeout" : "10 s",
    "connectionTimeout" : "10 s",
    "reuseConnections" : true,
    "retryRequests" : true,
    "maxConnections" : 64,
    "tlsVersion" : "&{openidm.external.rest.tls.version}",
    "hostnameVerifier" : "&{openidm.external.rest.hostnameVerifier}",
    "proxy" : {
        "proxyUri" : "",
        "userName" : "",
        "password" : ""
    }
}

The complete list of configuration properties is as follows:

socketTimeout (string)

The TCP socket timeout, in seconds, when waiting for HTTP responses. The default timeout is 10 seconds.

connectionTimeout (string)

The TCP connection timeout for new HTTP connections, in seconds. The default timeout is 10 seconds.

reuseConnections (boolean, true or false)

Specifies whether HTTP connections should be kept alive and reused for additional requests. By default, connections will be reused if possible.

retryRequests (boolean, true or false)

Specifies whether requests should be retried if a failure is detected. By default requests will be retried.

maxConnections (integer)

The maximum number of connections that should be pooled by the HTTP client. At most 64 connections will be pooled by default.

tlsVersion (string)

The TLS version that should be used for connections.

By default, TLS connections made via the external REST service use TLS version 1.2. In some cases, you might need to specify a different TLS version, for example, if you are connecting to a legacy system that supports an old version of TLS that is not accommodated by the backward-compatibility mode of your Java client. If you need to specify that the external REST service use a different TLS version, uncomment the openidm.external.rest.tls.version property towards the end of the resolver/boot.properties file and set its value, for example:

openidm.external.rest.tls.version=TLSv1.3

Valid versions for this parameter include TLSv1.1, TLSv1.2, and TLSv1.3.

hostnameVerifier (string)

Specifies whether the external REST service should check that the hostname to which an SSL client has connected is allowed by the certificate that is presented by the server.

The property can take the following values:

  • STRICT - hostnames are validated

  • ALLOW_ALL - the external REST service does not attempt to match the URL hostname to the SSL certificate Common Name, as part of its validation process

By default, this property is set in the resolver/boot.properties file and the value in conf/external.rest.json references that setting. For testing purposes, the default setting in boot.properties is:

openidm.external.rest.hostnameVerifier=ALLOW_ALL

If you do not set this property (by removing it from the boot.properties file or the conf/external.rest.json file), the behavior is to validate hostnames (the equivalent of setting "hostnameVerifier": "STRICT"). In production environments, you should set this property to STRICT.

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