Long Handshake Intolerance

bravoromeocharlie edited this page Oct 14, 2014 · 9 revisions

Some web servers are unable to process Client Hello messages longer than 255 bytes, even though such messages are allowed by the protocol. Although most Client Hello messages are shorter than this limit, with the use of Server Name Indications (SNI), Elliptic Curve extensions, and the increase in the number of supported suites, the size can easily go over.

Browsers are thought not to be affected, but some other tools may be. In particular, OpenSSL 1.0.1+ is known to be affected. If you are using the s_client tool, try to reduce the size of the handshake by disabling some of the suites offered by OpenSSL (this can be done by specifying the desired suites using the -cipher switch).

Michael Tschannen says:

  • The issue is fixed according to F5 in 10.2.4, they are however not mentioned in any release notes (I have >just checked until 11.x)
  • To debug the issue on an F5, the log level of "SSH" needs to be at least "Informational".


Mar 22 09:44:21 local/tmm info tmm[4696]: 01260013:6: SSL Handshake failed for TCP from x.x.x.x:443 to x.x.x.x:49549