[openssl-users] SSL3_GET_CLIENT_HELLO:required cipher missing

Eric R. erafaloff at gmail.com
Thu Jan 15 14:01:45 UTC 2015

Via our nginx config, we've been supporting TLSv1 with the following
On Thu Jan 15 2015 at 9:00:36 AM Eric R. <erafaloff at gmail.com> wrote:

> Thanks Matt. Would you have any guess as to why this is happening so
> frequently all of a sudden and disrupting traffic? It seems strange that
> it's so intermittent and only some users have the problem repeat for them.
> On Thu Jan 15 2015 at 6:30:56 AM Matt Caswell <matt at openssl.org> wrote:
>> On 15/01/15 05:03, Eric R. wrote:
>> > For the past week I've been noticing many entries like this in our nginx
>> > error logs:
>> >
>> > SSL_do_handshake() failed (SSL: error:1408A0D7:SSL
>> > routines:SSL3_GET_CLIENT_HELLO:required cipher missing) while SSL
>> > handshaking
>> >
>> > What does the error "required cipher missing" mean exactly? Some of our
>> > users reported that their browser gave them an SSL connection error and
>> > then it went away. Others can no longer connect to our site at all. I've
>> > had a look at the OpenSSL source code and I think the error is related
>> > to checking that the server still supports the last cipher a session
>> > used. Is this correct? The only change I can think of that may affect
>> > our list of available ciphers was an update to the latest version of
>> > OpenSSL that CentOS 5 provided back in November. That was two months ago
>> > though, and other than that I can't think of what could be causing this.
>> It means that an attempt is being made to resume a session, however the
>> list of ciphers that the client is sending in the ClientHello does not
>> include the cipher that was negotiated in the original session.
>> Matt
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