[openssl-users] SSL_read() failed: error:140E0197:SSL routines:SSL_shutdown:shutdown while in init

Kadlecsik József kadlecsik.jozsef at wigner.mta.hu
Thu Oct 26 12:50:45 UTC 2017

Hi Matt,

On Thu, 26 Oct 2017, Matt Caswell wrote:

> >>> Oct 20 18:50:05 mail2 dovecot: imap-login: Debug: SSL error: SSL_read() 
> >>> failed: error:140E0197:SSL routines:SSL_shutdown:shutdown while in init
> >
> > But why SSL_read() failed with this error message?
> That I can't explain since SSL_read() does not call SSL_shutdown(). 
> Plausibly if SSL_read() fails (e.g. because the underlying TCP 
> connection died) then dovecot could call SSL_shutdown() immediately even 
> if it's still not completed the handshake. Then dovecot reports the 
> SSL_read() failure along with the error message from the subsequent 
> attempt to shutdown the connection. Just a theory.

The failures happen after several IMAP commands were already 
issued/answered in the session and not in an initial phase.

Both the server and the client machines are virtual and in the same LAN
and were moved around the physical machines just to exclude hardware 

So can SSL_read() be called before the handshake is completed, i.e. in the 
"while in init" state?

Thanks your answers!

Best regards,
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