[openssl-users] decrypt error

Matt Caswell matt at openssl.org
Thu Jan 24 15:33:42 UTC 2019

On 24/01/2019 11:00, Scharfenberg, Carsten wrote:
> Thanks for your answer, Matt.
> Obviously the issue is caused by the server.
> Currently I have two servers: 
> 1. The legacy server running IIS
> 2. The new server running HAProxy
> I also have two clients:
> 1. the actual hardware client equipped with a hardware security module
> 2. curl using a client certificate that I have created according to the procedure that is used for the hardware device above
> Now the picture is: both clients work with the legacy server but none of them work with the new HAProxy server.

Hmmm. It's possible that it is still a client issue if the negotiated
extensions/ciphersuite/protocol version etc differ between the connection for
the old server and the new server. You might want to experiment with different
ciphersuite/group/sigalgs etc settings on the server to see if there is
sensitivity there to this issue.


> BTW: if you have a detailed look at my provided pcap you will notice that the client certificate is expired. I've fixed this - without change in the outcom.
> Regards,
> Carsten
> On 24/01/2019 09:19, Scharfenberg, Carsten wrote:
>> Hello everybody,
>> I've just joined this group because I hope you guys can help me with my problem.
>> I'm using haproxy 1.8.17 and openssl 1.1.1a from Debian testing to serve TLS 1.2
>> connections with client authentication.
>> The TLS handshake runs through fine. But then the server answers with a Decrypt
>> Error Alert to the Finish message sent by the client.
> What is the client? Is this also OpenSSL (and if so which version), or is it
> something else?
>> How would I debug this error?
>> Is it possible that something is wrong with my certificates?
> That seems unlikely. If there was something wrong with the certificates I would
> have expected the handshake to fail before the point that it gets to.
>> I've had a look into the source code. Unfortunately it's not so easy to read. It
>> seems to me the alert is generated here:
>> ssl\statem\statem_lib.c:809 in function 'tls_process_finished' when the
>> comparison of 'pkt' and 's->s3->tmp.peer_finish_md' fails.
>> Unfortunately I currently do not know what this means.
> As each endpoint sends and receives handshake messages they both digest the
> contents of those messages. The last step in the process is for each endpoint to
> compare the digests that they created. They should be the same. If they are
> different then that indicates that something has changed between one endpoint
> sending one of those messages and its peer receiving it. This could in theory be
> an active attacker. More likely though it could be due to some form of
> corruption taking place somewhere. Some ideas as to the source of a possible
> corruption:
> - client application bug
> - server application bug
> - client TLS library bug
> - server TLS library bug
> - network "middlebox" corruption
> I'd start by trying to isolate whether the problem is on the client side, the
> server side, or the network. e.g. if the client is on the same host as the
> server does the issue occur? Can you connect from a different client (different
> application and/or different library or library version). Can the client connect
> to other servers successfully.
> Matt

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