Intermittent failures with SecureChannelFailure error on client


We are using NGINX (version 1.4.4) in front of HAProxy for SSl
termination. We are seeing intermittent “Could not create SSL/TLS
secure channel” failure from our .net client. On enabling debug logging
on NGINX the following error is being recorded at the same time the
client see the error.

[info] 27456#0: *43842 SSL_do_handshake() failed (SSL:
error:1408C095:SSL routines:SSL3_GET_FINISHED:digest check failed) while
SSL handshaking, client:, server:

Based on the documentation I have disabled ssl session reuse, it didn’t
seem to help.

Suggestion are really appreciated.



On Thu, Apr 17, 2014 at 11:34:14AM -0700, Venkat Morampudi wrote:

failed) while SSL handshaking, client:, server:

From the error message it looks like that handshake failed due to
incorrect digest value got from the client.

Do you control network and are able to eliminate a possibility of
real man-in-the-middle attack? If yes, this is likely a bug
either in the client or in OpenSSL library on nginx side.

Some things to test, in no particular order:

  • A workaround from here may work, as well as advise to obtain more
    details from the client:

  • Try to add SSL_OP_TLS_ROLLBACK_BUG option in nginx, it may help
    in case of some client bugs which used to result in digest check
    failures (see “man SSL_set_options” for details).

  • Checking if the problem persists with latest OpenSSL library
    (or, vice versa, with old good 0.9.8*) may be beneficial, as
    well as upgrading nginx to at least latest 1.4.x version.

Based on the documentation I have disabled ssl session reuse, it
didn’t seem to help.

Did you do this in your .net client?


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