[openssl-users] problems with s_client recognizing revoked intermediate/subordinate ca

Jakob Bohm jb-openssl at wisemo.com
Fri Mar 11 00:51:32 UTC 2016

On 11/03/2016 01:18, Viktor Dukhovni wrote:
> On Fri, Mar 11, 2016 at 12:56:04AM +0100, Jakob Bohm wrote:
>> Your reply below is a perfect illustration of the expected confusion.
> Sorry, I disagree.  The 1.1.0 changes fix various shortcomings that
> may well also be addressed in a future 1.0.2 update.
> The net effect is more consistent behaviour that is the same whether
> intermediate certificates are found in the trust-store or obtained
> from the peer.  The few applications that enable partial chain
> support and the likely zero users who've created "decorated"
> intermediate certs in the OpenSSL trust store might notice some
> change.
> If you strongly feel that the behaviour should be the same for all
> users, that sounds like support for backporting the changes, which
> is something I will be proposing soon.
You misunderstand completely.

I am arguing that:

  - 1.0.x behavior should not be changed, as it would violate the
   principle of least surprise for a "security update" to change

  - 1.1.0 behavior is better, if it was the only OpenSSL version
   ever to exist, but it isn't.

  - Therefore the 1.1.0 behavior should use the CA directory shared
   with 1.0.x in a way consistent with how 1.0.x uses that directory
   (as a repository for trust anchors only, as far as I understand
   your non-replies), while 1.1.0 should store untrusted intermediary
   certificates in a different directory where they don't affect
   1.0.x instances running on the same machine.


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