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Why sign a JAR?

November 08, 2005 0 Comments

I was recently asked, why would you ever need to sign a JAR? What advantage does it give me?

I would like to put this question to the Java.net community: Have you seen a need beyond allowing your applications to run with Java WebStart, or perhaps within the confines of an Applet?

Endorsing JARs allow you to over-ride classes, and is something I have seen used in the Java Web Services Developer Pack, however the reasons to endorse a JAR might often be quite different to why one might sign a JAR. So over to you. I am really interested to hear about uses of signed JARs that I may not be aware of.

Jonathan Bruce

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