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From "Alan Brown" <>
Subject [users@httpd] SSL Client Authentication Problem
Date Wed, 29 Dec 2010 00:55:40 GMT
Hi all,

I am working in a test environment with Apache v2.2.14 on XP Pro SP3 and I 
have experienced difficulties setting up SSL Client Authentication.

I have used the openssl command line tool to set up my private key, server 
certificate, and a certificate authority, and I have configured the 
httpd-ssl.conf file. All works as expected, except when I try to configure 
SSL Client Authentication. All browsers report an error and are unable to 
establish an SSL session, eg with Firefox :-

Secure Connection Failed

An error occurred during a connection to myhost_1.

SSL peer was unable to negotiate an acceptable set of security parameters.

(Error code: ssl_error_handshake_failure_alert)

(myhost_1 is configured as in hosts file)

In the config which works I have :-

<VirtualHost _default_:443>

SSLEngine on


SSLCertificateFile "/xampp/xampp/apache/conf/test/server.crt"

SSLCertificateKeyFile "/xampp/xampp/apache/conf/test/server.key"

#SSLCACertificateFile "/xampp/xampp/apache/conf/test/ca/ca.crt"

#SSLVerifyClient require

#SSLVerifyDepth  10


When I uncomment the lines to configure SSL Client Authentication then I get 
the above errors. The browser is supposed to request which client 
certificate the user wants to use, then I can select the one I created and 
signed with ca.crt, which I have set as a trusted CA in the browser.

My Apache server has the following identifier (from HTTP Response header) :-

Server: Apache/2.2.14 (Win32) DAV/2 mod_ssl/2.2.14 OpenSSL/0.9.8l 
mod_autoindex_color PHP/5.3.1 mod_apreq2-20090110/2.7.1 mod_perl/2.0.4 

The openssl version I am using is also 0.9.8l (l for 'link').

Here are the openssl commands I used :-

openssl genrsa -out ca.key 1024

openssl req -new -key ca.key -x509 -days 60 -out ca.crt

openssl genrsa -out server.key 1024

openssl req -new -key server.key  -days 90 -out server.csr

openssl x509 -req -in server.csr -set_serial 451470 -CA ca\ca.crt -CAkey 
ca\ca.key -out server.crt

openssl genrsa -out client_a.key 1024

openssl req -new -key client_a.key  -days 90 -out client_a.csr

openssl x509 -req -in client_a.csr -set_serial 451470 -CA 
..\ca\ca.crt -CAkey ..\ca\ca.key -out client_a.crt

I have carefully studied all documentation and I just wonder why this is not 
working - have I misunderstood something or is there possibly a bug?

Thanks in advance for any advice.


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