This class uses a provider-based architecture.
To create a CertStore, call one of the static
getInstance methods, passing in the type of
CertStore desired, any applicable initialization parameters
and optionally the name of the provider desired.
Once the CertStore has been created, it can be used to
retrieve Certificates and CRLs by calling its
Unlike a KeyStore , which provides access
to a cache of private keys and trusted certificates, a
CertStore is designed to provide access to a potentially
vast repository of untrusted certificates and CRLs. For example, an LDAP
implementation of CertStore provides access to certificates
and CRLs stored in one or more directories using the LDAP protocol and the
schema as defined in the RFC service attribute. See Appendix A in the
Java Certification Path API Programmer's Guide for more information about
standard CertStore types.
All public methods of CertStore objects must be thread-safe.
That is, multiple threads may concurrently invoke these methods on a
single CertStore object (or more than one) with no
ill effects. This allows a CertPathBuilder to search for a
CRL while simultaneously searching for further certificates, for instance.
The static methods of this class are also guaranteed to be thread-safe.
Multiple threads may concurrently invoke the static methods defined in
this class with no ill effects.