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From Rainer Jung <>
Subject Re: TLS session ticket key (shared) renewal
Date Fri, 18 Mar 2016 15:09:48 GMT
Am 18.03.2016 um 15:01 schrieb Yann Ylavic:
> On Fri, Mar 18, 2016 at 2:55 PM, Yann Ylavic <> wrote:
>> Currently this can be done by using a (shared) SSLSessionTicketKeyFile
>> and gracefuly restarting httpd instances, but there is room for
>> improvements here.
>> Thoughts?
> For the single httpd instance case at least, I'm thinking of
> SSLSessionTicketKeyTimeout which could be used for renewing the
> key(s), without the need for a scheduled restart.
> The key(s) would have to be stored/sync-ed in a SHM (or slotmem)...

Would that mean, that at the points of time of key renewal all old 
tickets immediately loose their validity? In that case you would have a 
regular bump in negotation rates. It would be nice, if one older 
generation of keys would still work for a little time, so some overlap. 
I haven't checked how to do that though.

Any idea about a scheme how to renew the keys between nodes in a farm in 
a synced way? Finding a common point in time to renew would not be the 
problem (assuming synced clocks), but how the regenerate keys 
deterministically starting from one common secret (the 
SSLSessionTicketKeyFile) without ending with keys which are too weak?



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