[openssl-users] Disable SSL3 and enable TLS1? / Ambiguous "DES-CBC3-SHA"

David Rueter drueter at assyst.com
Tue Apr 7 01:58:25 UTC 2015

James, thanks for the reply.


At this point I am using compiled Windows binaries, and am running a compiled Windows application that uses the SSL DLLs.  The Windows application does let me specify a cipher list, but I do not have source to that application to re-build.


I don’t think that in this situation I am able to call SSL_CTX_set_options.


I guess I might be stuck if I can’t use the cipher list to disable SSL3 while leaving TLS1 enabled.  Not the end of the world, but not ideal.




David Rueter



From: openssl-users [mailto:openssl-users-bounces at openssl.org] On Behalf Of James
Sent: Monday, April 06, 2015 6:45 PM
To: openssl-users at openssl.org
Subject: Re: [openssl-users] Disable SSL3 and enable TLS1? / Ambiguous "DES-CBC3-SHA"



Can you try this option

SSL_CTX_set_options(m_SslCtx, SSL_OP_NO_SSLv2|SSL_OP_NO_SSLv3);

instead of disabling using the cipher list





James Arivazhagan



On Tue, Apr 7, 2015 at 5:41 AM, David Rueter <drueter at assyst.com <mailto:drueter at assyst.com> > wrote:

I would like to disable SSL3 (to prevent POODLE attacks), but I would like to leave TLS1 enabled (particularly DES-CBC3-SHA, AES128-SHA and AES256-SHA).


However disabling SSL3 with !SSLv3 disables TLSv1 also.  Furthermore, disabling SSL3 with -SSLv3 then adding in individual ciphers such as +DES-CBC3-SHA seems to re-enable SSLv3.


In looking at https://www.openssl.org/docs/apps/ciphers.html it looks like SSL_RSA_WITH_3DES_EDE_CBC_SHA and TLS_RSA_WITH_3DES_EDE_CBC_SHA are both referred to as DES-CBC3-SHA.


Is this intentional? Are not SSL_RSA_WITH_3DES_EDE_CBC_SHA and TLS_RSA_WITH_3DES_EDE_CBC_SHA different ciphers?


Is there no way to disable SSL3 while leaving TLS_RSA_WITH_3DES_EDE_CBC_SHA enabled?


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