Opened 9 years ago

Closed 9 years ago

#726 closed defect (wontfix)

NGINX will use least level of security for SSL with SNI enabled.

Reported by: Null Blank Owned by:
Priority: major Milestone:
Component: nginx-core Version: 1.2.x
Keywords: ssl, sni Cc:
uname -a: Linux example 3.2.0-4-amd64 #1 SMP Debian 3.2.54-2 x86_64 GNU/Linux
nginx -V: nginx version: nginx/1.2.1
TLS SNI support enabled
configure arguments: --prefix=/etc/nginx --conf-path=/etc/nginx/nginx.conf --error-log-path=/var/log/nginx/error.log --http-client-body-temp-path=/var/lib/nginx/body --http-fastcgi-temp-path=/var/lib/nginx/fastcgi --http-log-path=/var/log/nginx/access.log --http-proxy-temp-path=/var/lib/nginx/proxy --http-scgi-temp-path=/var/lib/nginx/scgi --http-uwsgi-temp-path=/var/lib/nginx/uwsgi --lock-path=/var/lock/nginx.lock --pid-path=/var/run/ --with-pcre-jit --with-debug --with-http_addition_module --with-http_dav_module --with-http_geoip_module --with-http_gzip_static_module --with-http_image_filter_module --with-http_realip_module --with-http_stub_status_module --with-http_ssl_module --with-http_sub_module --with-http_xslt_module --with-ipv6 --with-sha1=/usr/include/openssl --with-md5=/usr/include/openssl --with-mail --with-mail_ssl_module --add-module=/tmp/buildd/nginx-1.2.1/debian/modules/nginx-auth-pam --add-module=/tmp/buildd/nginx-1.2.1/debian/modules/nginx-echo --add-module=/tmp/buildd/nginx-1.2.1/debian/modules/nginx-upstream-fair --add-module=/tmp/buildd/nginx-1.2.1/debian/modules/nginx-dav-ext-module


When utilizing SNI feature, the SSL security level may be breached due to unrelated site configuration.

For example, a secure sub domain ( uses TLS and specific set of ciphers only. In the mean time all normal sub domains ( on the same host uses default SSL configuration. With a valid wildcard * certification deployed, one can successfully connect to with banned ciphers.

I understand that SSL protocol and ciphers are determined at handshaking stage, when no SNI feature involved. But I still believe that we could do better, for example, close the connection with 403 or no data at all when we found connection state is inconsistent with the requirements.

Change History (1)

comment:1 by Maxim Dounin, 9 years ago

Resolution: wontfix
Status: newclosed

I don't think we are in position to do anything with this. Ciphers are handled by the OpenSSL library, and nginx doesn't even try to understand which ciphers are allowed.

As of now, nginx disallows requests to different SNI servers with ssl_verify_client enabled. This is believed to be enough to protect the unwary. If you indeed do care about ciphers used, you can implement additional checks, e.g., using the rewrite module, or avoid using SNI.

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