Unable to tunnel through proxy. Proxy returns “HTTP/1.1 407” via https

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I am faced with a curious behaviour of java6/8. I try to tunnel through a proxy which needs basic user authentication. Doing this by the standard java Authenticator. If I try to access a https url as the first url, an exception is thrown:

java.io.IOException: Unable to tunnel through proxy. Proxy returns “HTTP/1.1 407 Proxy Authentication Required”

But if I access a http URL first and then the https URL, the https access works fine.

Given that code:

import java.io.BufferedReader;
import java.io.IOException;
import java.io.InputStream;
import java.io.InputStreamReader;
import java.net.Authenticator;
import java.net.HttpURLConnection;
import java.net.InetSocketAddress;
import java.net.PasswordAuthentication;
import java.net.Proxy;
import java.net.URL;

public class ProxyPass {
    public ProxyPass( String proxyHost, int proxyPort, final String userid, final String password, String url ) {

    try {
            /* Create a HttpURLConnection Object and set the properties */
            URL u = new URL( url );
            Proxy proxy = new Proxy( Proxy.Type.HTTP, new InetSocketAddress( proxyHost, proxyPort ) );
            HttpURLConnection uc = (HttpURLConnection) u.openConnection( proxy );

            Authenticator.setDefault( new Authenticator() {
                protected PasswordAuthentication getPasswordAuthentication() {
                    if (getRequestorType().equals( RequestorType.PROXY )) {
                        return new PasswordAuthentication( userid, password.toCharArray() );
                    return super.getPasswordAuthentication();
            } );
            /* Print the content of the url to the console. */
            showContent( uc );
        catch (IOException e) {

    private void showContent( HttpURLConnection uc ) throws IOException {
        InputStream i = uc.getInputStream();
        char c;
        InputStreamReader isr = new InputStreamReader( i );
        BufferedReader br = new BufferedReader( isr );
        String line;
        while ((line = br.readLine()) != null) {
            System.out.println( line );

    public static void main( String[] args ) {
        String proxyhost = "proxyHost";
        int proxyport = proxyPort;
        final String proxylogin = proxyUser;
        final String proxypass = proxyPass;

        String url = "http://www.google.de";
        String surl = "https://www.google.de";

//            new ProxyPass( proxyhost, proxyport, proxylogin, proxypass, url );  // uncomment this line to see that the https request works!
//            System.out.println( url + " ...ok" );   // uncomment this line to see that the https request works!
        new ProxyPass( proxyhost, proxyport, proxylogin, proxypass, surl );
        System.out.println( surl + " ...ok" );

Any suggestions, ideas?


You have to edit the variables jdk.http.auth.tunneling.disabledSchemes and jdk.http.auth.proxying.disabledSchemes to blank like this:


In my case I found in this file


Source: stackoverflow