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Supported dovecot ciphers #698

chrisch-hh opened this Issue Nov 1, 2018 · 2 comments


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chrisch-hh commented Nov 1, 2018

I'm running Mailu 1.5. Some of my customers with older mail clients have problems syncing mails via IMAP. In the logs I'm getting SSL: error:1402710B:SSL routines:ACCEPT_SR_CLNT_HELLO_C:wrong version number, so I guess there must be a problem with the SSL/TLS handshake. I checked which ciphers dovecot offers:

nmap --script ssl-enum-ciphers -p 143

143/tcp open  imap
| ssl-enum-ciphers:
|   TLSv1.2:
|     ciphers:
|       TLS_ECDHE_RSA_WITH_AES_256_GCM_SHA384 (rsa 2048) - A
|       TLS_DHE_RSA_WITH_AES_256_GCM_SHA384 (dh 4096) - A
|       TLS_ECDHE_RSA_WITH_AES_256_CBC_SHA384 (rsa 2048) - A
|     compressors:
|       NULL
|     cipher preference: server
|_  least strength: A

It seems that dovecot only support TLSv1.2 with these three ciphers and I guess that the older mail clients don't accept TLSv1.2 and/or these ciphers.

Is there a way to support more (older) ciphers?


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ofthesun9 commented Nov 2, 2018

You can adapt the tls.conf to your needs and mount it in the nginx service at /conf/tls.conf
See #363 (I have provided an example working for me)
Of course, you need to accept to lower your security standards to go to TLSv1 or v1.1...


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chrisch-hh commented Nov 2, 2018

Thanks for the hint, enabling TLSv1 does the trick.

My mistake was trying to change the TLS config in the dovecot container and not in the nginx container.

Well, I guess I should convince my customers to use modern mail clients...

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