[openssl-users] SSL errors connecting to some websites

Chris Puttick chris at twoten.is
Tue Apr 12 08:45:29 UTC 2016


Our schools filtering product utilises OpenSSL with Squid; we're seeing issues connecting to some sites which seem OpenSSL related. Two sites with known issues are:



Connecting to either of these Squid returns the error:

(71) Protocol error (TLS code: SQUID_ERR_SSL_HANDSHAKE)
Handshake with SSL server failed: error:14077438:SSL routines:SSL23_GET_SERVER_HELLO:tlsv1 alert internal error

Running openssl tests direct from a schools box (OpenSSL 1.0.1) gets:

# openssl s_client -connect www.spellanywhere.co.uk:443
3073661128:error:14077438:SSL routines:SSL23_GET_SERVER_HELLO:tlsv1 alert internal error:s23_clnt.c:734:

Attempting to disable protocols for testing gets:

openssl s_client -no_tls1 -no_tls1_1 -no_tls1_2 -connect www.spellanywhere.co.uk:443
3074005192:error:14077410:SSL routines:SSL23_GET_SERVER_HELLO:sslv3 alert handshake failure:s23_clnt.c:734:

and eventually

openssl s_client -no_tls1 -no_tls1_1 -no_tls1_2 -no_ssl3 -no_ssl2 -connect www.spellanywhere.co.uk:443
3073534152:error:140740BF:SSL routines:SSL23_CLIENT_HELLO:no protocols available:s23_clnt.c:385:

While forcing dtls with 

openssl s_client -dtls1 -connect www.spellanywhere.co.uk:443

seems to establish a tunnel as expected. 

Using curl or wget on the same boxes to those sites works as expected. Tests on a local box with OpenSSL 1.0.2e return similar results, although the disabled protocols test returns a different error:

openssl s_client -no_tls1 -no_tls1_1 -no_tls1_2 -no_ssl3 -no_ssl2 -connect www.spellanywhere.co.uk:443
139735616550552:error:14077102:SSL routines:SSL23_GET_SERVER_HELLO:unsupported protocol:s23_clnt.c:735:

Is this some sort of SSL handshake fallback error? Is there anything we can do in terms of configuration? Are we barking up the wrong tree?

All input/questions welcome.



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