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Add support for multiple elliptic curves with preferrence

Posted by jdl 
Add support for multiple elliptic curves with preferrence
January 06, 2016 03:58AM

With the apparition of HTTP/2, if we want to set up a server compliant with RFC7540 (describing the protocol), we MUST support the cipher suite TLS_ECDHE_RSA_WITH_AES_128_GCM_SHA256 with the P-256 elliptic curve. (As described here: https://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc7540#section-9.2.2)

As this elliptic curve is probably the weakest one available, I think it could be useful to support several one, allowing server admins to support stronger curves, but keeping this one for compatibility/compliance reasons.
Currently, the directive "ssl_ecdh_curve" does not seem to be a multi-valued attribute like "ssl-ciphers" can be.

Allowing several curves with server preference would help to improve security and compatibility.


ssl_ecdh_curve "brainpoolP512r1:secp521r1:prime256v1";
ssl_prefer_server_ecdh_curve on;


ssl_ecdh_curve brainpoolP512r1 secp521r1 prime256v1;
ssl_prefer_server_ecdh_curve off;
Re: Add support for multiple elliptic curves with preferrence
June 23, 2016 05:23AM
Starting with nginx 1.11.0 and when using OpenSSL 1.0.2+, it's possible, see http://nginx.org/r/ssl_ecdh_curve for details.
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