Bug 1295490 - [RFE] Add server-side Server Name Indication (SNI) support
Summary: [RFE] Add server-side Server Name Indication (SNI) support
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6
Classification: Red Hat
Component: mod_nss
Version: 6.6
Hardware: Unspecified
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: rc
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Assignee: Matthew Harmsen
QA Contact: Kaleem
Aneta Šteflová Petrová
Depends On: 1053327
Blocks: 101652
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2016-01-04 16:53 UTC by Robert Bost
Modified: 2019-12-16 05:14 UTC (History)
18 users (show)

Fixed In Version: mod_nss-1.0.10-5.el6
Doc Type: Release Note
Doc Text:
mod_nss now supports server-side SNI This update adds server-side Server Name Indication (SNI) support to the *mod_nss* package.
Clone Of: 1053327
: 1400745 (view as bug list)
Last Closed: 2016-05-10 19:41:23 UTC
Target Upstream Version:

Attachments (Terms of Use)
Configuration file diff to add an SNI virtualhost (1.23 KB, patch)
2016-01-19 15:46 UTC, Rob Crittenden
no flags Details | Diff
console.log (8.29 KB, text/html)
2016-02-18 08:52 UTC, Abhijeet Kasurde
no flags Details

System ID Priority Status Summary Last Updated
Mozilla Foundation 360421 None None None 2019-08-06 16:41:09 UTC
Red Hat Product Errata RHBA-2016:0751 normal SHIPPED_LIVE mod_nss bug fix and enhancement update 2016-05-10 22:31:54 UTC

Comment 10 Matthew Harmsen 2016-01-19 04:19:57 UTC
I applied the patches and configuration file changes per the procedure in the email, and built and installed the SNI-aware mod_nss.

I returned the email with more "verbose" instructions to make it easier for developers and QE to replicate the test.

If the question regarding the two "HTTP/1.1 403 Forbidden" errors are the expected error codes for the two examples, then ACK.

Comment 11 Rob Crittenden 2016-01-19 15:45:22 UTC
Instructions for testing.

Set up a separate location to serve the SNI data:

# mkdir /var/www/sni1
# vi /var/www/sni1/index.html
<h1>SNI Works!</h1>

Create basic content for the web server:

# vi /var/www/html/index.html
<h1>Welcome to Apache</h1>

Update /etc/hosts and add in www1.example.com and www2.example.com as an alias for your host IP (or use DNS if you'd rather).

# service httpd stop

Generate a new cert. You can add -z </path/to/some/file> to not require user interaction:

# certutil -d /etc/httpd/alias -S -n "Server-Cert-www1.example.com" -s "CN=www1.example.com,O=example.com,C=US" -c "cacert" -t "u,u,u" --nsCertType sslServer --keyUsage keyEncipherment -8 www1.example.com

Create a PEM copy of the CA:
# certutil -d /etc/httpd/alias -L -n cacert -a > /etc/httpd/alias/ca.pem

Apply the attached diff to /etc/httpd/conf.d/nss.conf to add in the SNI configuration.

# service httpd start

Test basic SSL support:

# curl --cacert /etc/httpd/alias/ca.pem -v https://`hostname`:8443/

Your output should be a 200 status and contain "Welcome to Apache"

Logs should be something like:

[date] [debug] nss_engine_init.c(1883): SNI: Found nickname Server-Cert for vhost: somehost
[date] [debug] nss_engine_init.c(1905): SNI: Successfully paired vhost somehost with nickname: Server-Cert
[date] [debug] nss_engine_kernel.c(93): SNI request for somehost

Test SNI:

# curl --cacert /etc/httpd/alias/ca.pem -v https://www1.example.com:8443/

Your output should be a 200 status and contain "SNI Works!"

Logs should be something like:

[date] [debug] nss_engine_init.c(1883): SNI: Found nickname Server-Cert-www1.example.com for vhost: www1.example.com
[date] [debug] nss_engine_init.c(1905): SNI: Successfully paired vhost www1.example.com with nickname: Server-Cert-www1.example.com

Test an SNI request for a VH that isn't configured:

# curl -kv https://www2.example.com:8443/

You should get "Welcome to Apache" as it should fall back to the default VH.

Logs should look something like:

[date] [debug] nss_engine_init.c(1860): SNI: No matching SSL virtual host for servername www2.example.com found (using default/first virtual host)
[date] [debug] nss_engine_kernel.c(93): SNI request for www2.example.com
[Tue Jan 19 10:35:04 2016] [info] Initial (No.1) HTTPS request received for child 4 (server somehost:8443)

Most of the SNI-related logging with SNI: so it should be easy to pull out of the logs

Comment 12 Rob Crittenden 2016-01-19 15:46:14 UTC
Created attachment 1116259 [details]
Configuration file diff to add an SNI virtualhost

Comment 14 Abhijeet Kasurde 2016-02-18 08:52:16 UTC
Verified using mod_nss version::

See attachment for steps and console log.

Comment 15 Abhijeet Kasurde 2016-02-18 08:52:50 UTC
Created attachment 1128165 [details]

Comment 22 errata-xmlrpc 2016-05-10 19:41:23 UTC
Since the problem described in this bug report should be
resolved in a recent advisory, it has been closed with a
resolution of ERRATA.

For information on the advisory, and where to find the updated
files, follow the link below.

If the solution does not work for you, open a new bug report.


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