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From a customer:
The APK file of our app we publish to googleplay is generated from Xamarin for Visual Studio using the
"Tools"->Android->Publish for Android menu.
I recently switched to JDK 1.7 as Xamarin kept throwing warnings with compiler versions that hinted to JDK might be a bit outdated.
However since this switch older 4.x versions of Android are not accepting the generated APK anymore in release mode.
in particular tested 4.1.2 (Emulator, Phone tested).
When trying to install the published APK from googleplay those devices get a signature error.
When installing the APK directly installation just fails without a more detailed error message.
Interestingly the debug APK's seem to work.
After some searching the reason seems to be that the jarsigner in JDK 1.7 changed its default behavior resulting in incompatible signatures for older android versions.
The trick is to tell the jarsigner what its supposed to use. The debug builds seem to do this automatically.
Not so the release mode builds when publishing those from Xamarin they use the default command line.
Here are some thoughts/options that would be good to have in Xamarin:
- option to forward custom parameters to jarsigner
- have the release build optional create a unsigned APK that can then be forwarded to manual sign/align scripts during a build process.
currently im using the following workaround:
1) build a release version of the project
2) rightclick the main assembly in solutionexplorer "Package ... for Android".
this results in 2 APK files being created.
the unsigned APK and the signed/aligned one using the debug keystore.
3)have a custom script use the unsigned APK to sign/align
4) upload the custom signed APK to googleplay.
command line looks like this
jarsigner -verbose -sigalg SHA1withRSA -digestalg SHA1 -keystore .\KeyStore\EAP.Android.ReleaseKey -signedjar .\de.innodatec.exhibitionappplus-signed.apk .\bin\release\de.innodatec.exhibitionappplus.apk EAP
zipalign.exe -f -v 4 .\de.innodatec.exhibitionappplus-signed.apk .\de.innodatec.exhibitionappplus-aligned.apk
it would be nice to be able to get back to the Visual Studio publishing approach where I just have to build the release version and then have xamarin tools doing the rest.
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=== END Visual Studio Info ===
used JDK: 1.7.0_72
"C:\Program Files (x86)\Java\jdk1.7.0_72\bin\jarsigner.exe" "-keystore" "D:\\projekte\\mobile\\ExhibitionAppPlus\\EAP.Android\\*eystore\\EAP.Android.ReleaseKey" "-storepass" "***" "-keypass" "***" "-signedjar" "D:\\projekte\\mobile\\ExhibitionAppPlus\\EAP.Android\\bin\\Release\\de.innodatec.exhibitionappplus-Signed.apk" "D:\\projekte\\mobile\\ExhibitionAppPlus\\EAP.Android\\bin\\Release\\de.innodatec.exhibitionappplus.apk" "***"
when building a debug build/using Deploy jarsigner gets spawned with the following arguments
"C:\Program Files (x86)\Java\jdk1.7.0_72\\bin\jarsigner.exe" -keystore "C:\Users\***\AppData\Local\Xamarin\Mono for Android\debug.keystore" -storepass android -keypass android -digestalg SHA1 -sigalg md5withRSA -signedjar bin\Debug\\de.innodatec.exhibitionappplus-Signed-Unaligned.apk D:\projekte\mobile\ExhibitionAppPlus\EAP.Android\obj\Debug\android\bin\de.innodatec.exhibitionappplus.apk androiddebugkey
when building a release build/using Deploy jarsigner gets spawned with the following arguments
"C:\Program Files (x86)\Java\jdk1.7.0_72\\bin\jarsigner.exe" -keystore "C:\Users\***\AppData\Local\Xamarin\Mono for Android\debug.keystore" -storepass android -keypass android -digestalg SHA1 -sigalg md5withRSA -signedjar bin\Release\\de.innodatec.exhibitionappplus-Signed-Unaligned.apk D:\projekte\mobile\ExhibitionAppPlus\EAP.Android\obj\Release\android\bin\de.innodatec.exhibitionappplus.apk androiddebugkey
when searching the net after the published application refused to install on devices running android 4.1.2 I found the following info
where it seems jarsigner from JDK 1.6 uses SHA1 while JDK 1.7 uses SHA-256 which makes older Android versions refusing the signature.
I am experiencing this same issue. When I use the option in visual studio 2013 “Tools=>Android=>Publish Android App” where it brings up the android publishing wizard it goes through the motions of having me select my key store file and put in the passwords and alias name but does not work. It does not actually sign the application during the publishing process.
I ended up creating a .bat file that does the job for me right now.
We should have a way to choose SHA1withRSA even though using Java JDK 7 during the publishing process. Wouldn't it be a nice feature for the next version?
Just to give notice to Xamarin, there are duplicates of this report or at least somewhat related regarding the signing algorithm and JDK 7:
*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of bug 22897 ***