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From "Naqvi Zahid - znaqvi" <>
Subject how do I block weak ciphers on Tomcat 4.1.31
Date Tue, 13 May 2008 16:04:08 GMT
I have extensively searched the web, but I can't find a definitive
answer on this. Here's the situation.


I have tomcat 4.1.31 with Java(TM) 2 Runtime Environment, Standard
Edition (build 1.5.0_15-b04), running on a Solaris 8 box. Due to custom
production apps we can not upgrade tomcat at this time (the transition
to tomcat 6 is in progress but not yet completed). Our security scanner
is reporting the following weak ciphers on the port we use for tomcat.

EXP-DES-CBC-SHA Weak Security

EXP-RC4-MD5 Weak Security

DES-CBC-SHA Weak Security


The list of ciphers I have configured in servers.xml is




as you can see none of the weak ciphers detected by the scanner are
listed in the servers.xml. The question is how do I block these weak
ciphers and is it possible that an application other than tomcat might
be providing/serving these ciphers (such as a java certificate etc.) on
the port used by tomcat.



Thanks for any help you can provide.


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