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Needing TLS handshake to fail

Phillip Odam
August 26, 2019 01:08AM
Hi,

I have a project that involves mutual / two way TLS and one of the
requirements is that the TLS handshake must fail ie. be terminated
before completion if the handshake is in anyway unsuccessful, eg. no
client certificate provided or client certificate not trusted.

After having no success getting nginx (v1.16.1) & openssl (v1.0.2k-fips)
to fail the handshake I ended up looking at the nginx source code, in
particular src/event/ngx_event_openssl.c, and from what I read here
https://www.openssl.org/docs/man1.0.2/man3/SSL_CTX_set_verify.html I
think a small but necessary code change is required.

Some possible approaches when choosing to remain using nginx as the
server end of the mutual TLS connection

* in *static int ngx_ssl_verify_callback(int ok, X509_STORE_CTX
*x509_store)* make it configurable whether *1* is always returned or
the value of *ok*
* in *ngx_int_t ngx_ssl_client_certificate(ngx_conf_t *cf, ngx_ssl_t
*ssl, ngx_str_t *cert, ngx_int_t depth)* make it configurable
whether *SSL_CTX_set_verify(ssl->ctx, SSL_VERIFY_PEER,
ngx_ssl_verify_callback);* is called or
*SSL_CTX_set_verify(ssl->ctx, SSL_VERIFY_PEER, NULL);*

Is a code change required or is there a way for the handshake failure to
be 'enabled' as opposed to ending up with a successfully established TLS
connection. Admittedly within nginx there's all the detail that the TLS
connection doesn't conform to the configured requirements of the TLS
connection but this doesn't satisfy the requirements for the project.

I won't bother going in to the details of the project but will just say
it's a third party certification body that requires the TLS handshake to
be terminated before completion if the handshake is in anyway unsuccessful.

Regards,

Phillip

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Needing TLS handshake to fail

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