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From Philip Martin <>
Subject Re: x509 AlgorithmIdentifier parameters
Date Sat, 03 Feb 2018 13:46:50 GMT
Philip Martin <> writes:

> Philip Martin <> writes:
>> In Marc's case getting a new server cert that is not RSASSA-PSS might be
>> the best solution.
> r1822996 fixes the x509 parser on trunk.  It doesn't mean that the
> client will be able to verify the RSASSA-PSS certs (you would need an
> OpenSSL fix for that) but it does allow a JavaHL client to accept the
> failure to verify.

Another data point: the behaviour varies between openssl 1.0 and openssl
1.1.  With openssl 1.1 the apache server will not even start when using
an RSASSA-PSS cert

  [Sat Feb 03 10:18:03.858279 2018] [ssl:emerg] [pid 2717:tid 139629607192448] SSL Library
Error: error:140AB18E:SSL routines:SSL_CTX_use_certificate:ca md too weak

With openssl 1.0 the server does start.  I'm using openssl 1.1 to
generate the cert in both cases.

A client using openssl 1.0 will connect to a server serving the
RSASSA-PSS cert.  Clients using openssl 1.1 fail to verify cert.  The
underlying openssl 1.1 error appears to be

  $ openssl s_client -connect localhost:8887 -CAfile apache2/ssl/ca-cert.pem
  Verify return code: 68 (CA signature digest algorithm too weak)

This suggests that RSASSA-PSS is obsolete, but as I mentioned earlier in
the thread there are recent changes to the openssl project
adding/extending RSASSA-PSS support as part of TLS 1.3:


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