I am trying to use only the strongest ciper suite available, from the documentation I tried:

SSLCipherSuite HIGH:!aNULL:!MD5

But the browser says that it is obsolete:

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What is the strongest one available at the moment?


THE strongest is perhaps not well determined. But Chrome wants to see something like TLS_ECDHE_RSA_WITH_AES_128_GCM_SHA256, i.e. the cipher suite has to use DHE or ECDHE and AES in Galois Counter Mode.

Alternatively you can use CHACHA20_POLY1305 as the symmetric algorithm.

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IETF recommends the cipher suites


in RFC-7525 section 4.2 as of May 2015, which I would say are a good choice.

However, the EC variants almost always use the NIST curves (secp256r1, secp384r1, secp521r1) which are subject to speculations as described here.

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Note that the strongest available cipher suite is not determined by Apache Httpd; it is dependent on the version of openssl (or any other ssl implementation) or your operating system. There are still operating systems coming with "oldstable" openssl-0.9.8 :-(

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  • True in general, but OP's Chrome screenshot shows TLS1.2 which can only happen for OpenSSL 1.0.1 and up -- and all of those include AESGCM (though not CHACHA/POLY) and ECDHE. Although RedHat (and CentOS etc) packages of OpenSSL until about a year ago disabled all ECC including ECDHE. ECDHE must also be enabled by by the app level (httpd) setting parameters, but to my understanding 2.4 does have this. – dave_thompson_085 Dec 27 '15 at 0:58

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