Bug 180470 - SSL Re-negotiation in conjunction with POST method not supported
Summary: SSL Re-negotiation in conjunction with POST method not supported
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Product: Fedora Legacy
Classification: Retired
Component: httpd   
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Version: fc1
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Fedora Legacy Bugs
QA Contact:
Whiteboard: LEGACY, 1, DEFER
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2006-02-08 11:49 UTC by Doncho Gunchev
Modified: 2007-04-18 17:37 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

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Last Closed: 2007-03-21 02:24:27 UTC
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Patch from RHEL4 sources that may address this issue (12.72 KB, patch)
2006-02-19 06:08 UTC, David Eisenstein
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Description Doncho Gunchev 2006-02-08 11:49:25 UTC
From Bugzilla Helper:
User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv:1.7.12) Gecko/20050922 Fedora/1.0.7-1.1.fc3 Firefox/1.0.7

Description of problem:
I have a reverse https proxy on FC1 that uses certificate based client authentication. After updating from mod_ssl-2.0.51-1.7.legacy to mod_ssl-2.0.51-1.9.legacy it started working strange / not working.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Install FC1 with apache and mod_ssl, fully update to mod_ssl-2.0.51-1.9.legacy
2. Setup a reverse ssl proxy with certificate based client authentication
3. Try accessing it and browse 2/3 pages (and compare with mod_ssl-2.0.51-1.7.legacy's results)

Actual Results:  error in ssl_error_log: "SSL Re-negotiation in conjunction with POST method not supported!\nhint: try SSLOptions +OptRenegotiate"
and I have to select the certificate for every file (not page, pictures too).

Expected Results:  Should work just like mod_ssl-2.0.51-1.7.legacy was.

Additional info:

I do have "SSLOptions +OptRenegotiate" and it is working fine now after I downgraded to mod_ssl-2.0.51-1.7.legacy (and apache). For me a new certificate confirmation appears for every file on FireFox and some clients reported Internet Explorer saying something like "method not supported". Here's an illustration how my confs look like (not 1:1 copy-paste):

ProxyPreserveHost Off # it's by default, added just to be sure
SSLProxyEngine    on
<Location /somedir/>
        SSLVerifyClient require
        SSLVerifyDepth  2
        # requires strong ciphers
        SSLCipherSuite HIGH:MEDIUM
        SSLRequire ( %{SSL_CIPHER} !~ m/^(EXP|NULL)/ \
                and %{SSL_CLIENT_VERIFY} eq "SUCCESS" \
                and %{SSL_SERVER_I_DN_CN} eq "OurCompany CA" \
                and .... more requirements here ...
                } \
        ProxyPass               https://internal.server.ip/somedir/
        ProxyPassReverse        https://internal.server.ip/somedir/

Comment 1 Marc Deslauriers 2006-02-10 00:12:43 UTC
This is a httpd bug that probably became apparent with the security fix.

See bug #123585

Comment 2 David Eisenstein 2006-02-14 07:07:10 UTC
Hi Doncho N. Gunchev:  

Fedora Legacy currently has the httpd source package and binary sub-
packages (including httpd-devel, httpd-manual, and the package that you
are having trouble with, mod_ssl) in testing, fixing security issues
that may not be directly related with the issue you report here.  These
packages have not yet been released, and are in updates-testing status.

You are welcome to participate in the QA process that is happening now.
The process is happening in Bug 175406:
(For more information on Fedora Legacy's QA process, please see our wiki
pages about it at <http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Legacy/QATesting.)

The announcement asking for Fedora Legacy Project participants to test and
comment in Bugzilla for httpd security issues can be found in the Fedora-
Legacy-List archives:
with a topic something like "Fedora Legacy Test Update Notification: httpd."
In that annoucement, you can find pointers to the test rpms.

By downloading and testing these packages, you can discern whether or not
those packages fix the issue you are reporting here for your FC1 instal-
lation.  If our testing packages work for you, please let us know in Bug
175406.  And if they don't, please also let us know in that Bug ticket.
Because if you don't, this issue may not get fixed.

From looking at the issue Marc Deslauriers mentioned in Comment #1, 
it looks like RedHat addressed this issue in their latest updates.  Bug 
123585 comment #31 indicates that a similar issue was fixed in RHEL3, and 
Bug 170383 indicates a similar issue was fixed for RHEL 4.

Comment 3 David Eisenstein 2006-02-14 07:15:04 UTC
Ooops, hit the wrong button, mistakenly assigning this to ncurses.  This is
actually an 'httpd' bug, since in Fedora Core 1, the httpd .src.rpm generates
the "mod_ssl-2.0.51-1.9.legacy" binary package:

  $  rpm -qi mod_ssl
Name        : mod_ssl                      Relocations: (not relocateable)
Version     : 2.0.51                            Vendor: Fedora Legacy
Release     : 1.9.legacy                    Build Date: Sat 22 Oct 2005 10:03:19
Group       : System Environment/Daemons    Source RPM:

By the way, I meant to say in the above posting, "Because if you don't, the
issue may not get fixed *soon*," not meaning to imply that it will never get

The Legacy project depends upon our users' participation to keep us honest.
So I encourage your participation, Doncho.

Comment 4 David Eisenstein 2006-02-19 06:08:42 UTC
Created attachment 124858 [details]
Patch from RHEL4 sources that may address this issue

Found the attached patch (as yet untested) which may fix this issue.  This
patch was gleaned from RHEL 4's source rpm, at:

(as file "httpd-2.0.52-sslreneg.patch")

which appears as if it is a newer version of the patch from the apache
upstream Bugzilla,

from the apache bugzilla ticket # 12355 comment #40, by Joe Orton:

    "Created an attachment (id=16491)
    backport of patch from trunk

    "This is a backport of the patch from the trunk which was committed to fix
    this issue.  Any results from testing are welcome."

Comment 5 Pekka Savola 2006-02-19 07:14:31 UTC
The attachment looks like an xorg.conf :-)

Comment 6 David Eisenstein 2006-02-19 23:50:48 UTC
It doesn't look like a configuration file to me.

It looks like a patch file which patches:  (with patch argument -p1)
   * httpd-2.0.46/modules/ssl/ssl_engine_io.c
   * httpd-2.0.46/modules/ssl/ssl_engine_kernel.c
   * httpd-2.0.46/modules/ssl/ssl_private.h

What have you been drinking, Pekka?  :-)

Comment 7 David Eisenstein 2006-02-28 05:02:43 UTC
Doncho, as you have not gotten back to us with any information or feed-
back (e.g., to make a case that it is an important issue for you and
others either here or in bug 175406), I am going to downgrade this to
non-security severity for now, and change the status on this ticket to

There was some sentiment in that related security bug ticket that the
patch(es) needed to fix this issue were intrusive and may introduce a
new security issue (see Bug #175406 comment #16).  

Joe Orton, the Fedora and Red Hat httpd maintainer, introduced patches in
bug 123585 to fix a similar problem in Red Hat Enterprise Linux's httpd.
He would not have put those patches in there for Red Hat's commercial
products if he felt the same way.

Am not sure our team or I fully understand your scenario and the scope of
the problem.  Is the lack of continual prompt for a security certificate
that you observed in the older httpd/mod_ssl analogous to logging on to a
website with a session cookie -- that is, once the cookie is set, one
doesn't need to constantly login again with each click on a new page on
that website?

Not being familiar with httpd source code, it is unclear to me that the
patch I found and mentioned in comment #4 (attachment 124858 [details]) is sufficent
to take care of the symptoms that you are observing, or if more patch-work
is needed.  There are numerous patches in RHEL 4's source package, and this
patch may require others, but I don't know which, if any.

Since I feel so uncertain about this, I am also adding Joe Orton, as a cc
to this ticket in case he has any observations or hints to help us out here.
I hope you don't mind, Joe.  Do you have any thoughts?

Doncho, if you have any further information or ideas to offer, to help us
help you, please feel free to share here.  

If enough time goes by without further input, we may elect to close this


Comment 8 Joe Orton 2006-02-28 07:31:18 UTC
This is upstream bug: http://issues.apache.org/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=12355

This issue may only become apparent in some configurations after the fix for
CVE-2005-2700 is applied.  It's not a regression, though.  It *should* have been
apparent always, but CVE-2005-2700 meant that access control checks were skipped
in some cases.

The -sslreneg patch from the RHEL/FC4 package is the best fix for this issue and
I wouldn't really be worried about putting that in the Legacy package too (it
might need to be rediffed for older FC's if they don't have ssl_private.h).

Comment 9 David Eisenstein 2006-03-02 02:47:57 UTC
Thanks for your comments, Joe.

Marking this "DEFER", so we can look at this issue for next httpd security

Comment 10 Matthew Miller 2007-03-21 02:24:27 UTC
Fedora Legacy is now defunct. This can't be fixed.

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