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Neo4j 3.0 Drivers - Failed to save the server ID and the certificate received from the server

I've been using the Neo4j Java Driver on various local databases over the past week and ran into the following certificate problem a few times:


org.neo4j.driver.v1.exceptions.ClientException: Unable to process request: General SSLEngine problem
	at org.neo4j.driver.internal.connector.socket.SocketClient.start(SocketClient.java:88)
	at org.neo4j.driver.internal.connector.socket.SocketConnection.<init>(SocketConnection.java:63)
	at org.neo4j.driver.internal.connector.socket.SocketConnector.connect(SocketConnector.java:52)
	at org.neo4j.driver.internal.pool.InternalConnectionPool.acquire(InternalConnectionPool.java:113)
	at org.neo4j.driver.internal.InternalDriver.session(InternalDriver.java:53)
Caused by: javax.net.ssl.SSLHandshakeException: General SSLEngine problem
	at sun.security.ssl.Handshaker.checkThrown(Handshaker.java:1431)
	at sun.security.ssl.SSLEngineImpl.checkTaskThrown(SSLEngineImpl.java:535)
	at sun.security.ssl.SSLEngineImpl.writeAppRecord(SSLEngineImpl.java:1214)
	at sun.security.ssl.SSLEngineImpl.wrap(SSLEngineImpl.java:1186)
	at javax.net.ssl.SSLEngine.wrap(SSLEngine.java:469)
	at org.neo4j.driver.internal.connector.socket.TLSSocketChannel.wrap(TLSSocketChannel.java:270)
	at org.neo4j.driver.internal.connector.socket.TLSSocketChannel.runHandshake(TLSSocketChannel.java:131)
	at org.neo4j.driver.internal.connector.socket.TLSSocketChannel.<init>(TLSSocketChannel.java:95)
	at org.neo4j.driver.internal.connector.socket.TLSSocketChannel.<init>(TLSSocketChannel.java:77)
	at org.neo4j.driver.internal.connector.socket.TLSSocketChannel.<init>(TLSSocketChannel.java:70)
	at org.neo4j.driver.internal.connector.socket.SocketClient$ChannelFactory.create(SocketClient.java:251)
	at org.neo4j.driver.internal.connector.socket.SocketClient.start(SocketClient.java:75)
	... 14 more
Caused by: javax.net.ssl.SSLHandshakeException: General SSLEngine problem
	at sun.security.ssl.Alerts.getSSLException(Alerts.java:192)
	at sun.security.ssl.SSLEngineImpl.fatal(SSLEngineImpl.java:1728)
	at sun.security.ssl.Handshaker.fatalSE(Handshaker.java:304)
	at sun.security.ssl.Handshaker.fatalSE(Handshaker.java:296)
	at sun.security.ssl.ClientHandshaker.serverCertificate(ClientHandshaker.java:1497)
	at sun.security.ssl.ClientHandshaker.processMessage(ClientHandshaker.java:212)
	at sun.security.ssl.Handshaker.processLoop(Handshaker.java:979)
	at sun.security.ssl.Handshaker$1.run(Handshaker.java:919)
	at sun.security.ssl.Handshaker$1.run(Handshaker.java:916)
	at java.security.AccessController.doPrivileged(Native Method)
	at sun.security.ssl.Handshaker$DelegatedTask.run(Handshaker.java:1369)
	at org.neo4j.driver.internal.connector.socket.TLSSocketChannel.runDelegatedTasks(TLSSocketChannel.java:142)
	at org.neo4j.driver.internal.connector.socket.TLSSocketChannel.unwrap(TLSSocketChannel.java:203)
	at org.neo4j.driver.internal.connector.socket.TLSSocketChannel.runHandshake(TLSSocketChannel.java:127)
	... 19 more
Caused by: java.security.cert.CertificateException: Unable to connect to neo4j at `localhost:10003`, because the certificate the server uses has changed. This is a security feature to protect against man-in-the-middle attacks.
If you trust the certificate the server uses now, simply remove the line that starts with `localhost:10003` in the file `/Users/markneedham/.neo4j/known_hosts`.
The old certificate saved in file is:
-----BEGIN CERTIFICATE-----
7770ee598be69c8537b0e576e62442c84400008ca0d3e3565b379b7cce9a51de
0fd4396251df2e8da50eb1628d44dcbca3fae5c8fb9c0adc29396839c25eb0c8

-----END CERTIFICATE-----
The New certificate received is:
-----BEGIN CERTIFICATE-----
01a422739a39625ee95a0547fa99c7e43fbb33c70ff720e5ae4a8408421aa63b
2fe4f5d6094c5fd770ed1ad214dbdc428a6811d0955ed80d48cc67d84067df2c

-----END CERTIFICATE-----

	at org.neo4j.driver.internal.connector.socket.TrustOnFirstUseTrustManager.checkServerTrusted(TrustOnFirstUseTrustManager.java:153)
	at sun.security.ssl.AbstractTrustManagerWrapper.checkServerTrusted(SSLContextImpl.java:936)
	at sun.security.ssl.ClientHandshaker.serverCertificate(ClientHandshaker.java:1484)
	... 28 more

I got a bit lazy and just nuked the file it mentions in the error message - /Users/markneedham/.neo4j/known_hosts - which led to this error the next time I call the driver in my application:


Failed to save the server ID and the certificate received from the server to file /Users/markneedham/.neo4j/known_hosts.
Server ID: localhost:10003
Received cert:
-----BEGIN CERTIFICATE-----
933c7ec5d6a1b876bd186dc6d05b04478ae771262f07d26a4d7d2e6b7f71054c
3e6b7c172474493b7fe93170d940b9cc3544661c7966632361649f2fda7c66be

-----END CERTIFICATE-----

I recreated the file with no content and tried again and it worked fine. Alternatively we can choose to turn off encryption when working with local databases and avoid the issue:


Config config = Config.build().withEncryptionLevel( Config.EncryptionLevel.NONE ).toConfig();

try ( Driver driver = GraphDatabase.driver( "bolt://localhost:7687", config );
      Session session = driver.session() )
{
   // use the driver
}
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