Tuesday, December 11, 2012

couchdb Unknown SSL protocol error in connection

After hardening a couchdb server I found the below:
$ curl -v -X GET https://localhost:6984
* About to connect() to localhost port 6984 (#0)
*   Trying connected
* successfully set certificate verify locations:
*   CAfile: none
  CApath: /etc/ssl/certs
* SSLv3, TLS handshake, Client hello (1):
* Unknown SSL protocol error in connection to localhost:6984 
* Closing connection #0
curl: (35) Unknown SSL protocol error in connection to localhost:6984 
But I have done this several times before and it did work so I knew it should be a problem with certificates. How to debug what is going on? From erlang traces we could barely see any other clue than the fact there was a crash after loading the key so running a local server using the certificate and key should be the next step to later test if from that server (default port is 4433) we get a better curl reponse so:
$ openssl s_server -key couchdb.pem -cert couchdb.cert.pem -www
Enter pass phrase for couchdb.sample.com.pem
And that was the issue, the key needed a password. This can be either configured or removed from the key so it works without a password. No need to say which one is more secure.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

> openssl s_server -key privkey.pem -cert couchdb.pem -www

Using default temp DH parameters


So for me the trouble is in smth else. (