My openssl ciphers -v 'CIPHER' output is the following:

ECDHE-ECDSA-AES256-SHA384 TLSv1.2 Kx=ECDH     Au=ECDSA Enc=AES(256)  Mac=SHA384
ECDHE-RSA-AES256-SHA384 TLSv1.2 Kx=ECDH     Au=RSA  Enc=AES(256)  Mac=SHA384
DHE-RSA-AES256-GCM-SHA384 TLSv1.2 Kx=DH       Au=RSA  Enc=AESGCM(256) Mac=AEAD
DHE-RSA-AES256-SHA256   TLSv1.2 Kx=DH       Au=RSA  Enc=AES(256)  Mac=SHA256

I think that my server meet all theirs Key Exchange requirements to get a 100 SSL Server Rating Guide


My guess is that the DH parameters used for your DHE cipher suites use a 1024-bit modulus.

(I must say that this "scoring" is completely arbitrary and not very rational; awarding 128-bit symmetric keys a grade lower than the one for 256-bit symmetric keys makes sense only if 128-bit keys can be considered somehow "breakable" in the foreseeable future, which is a rather preposterous assertion.)

  • Thanks Tom. Could you pls point me out to how change such parameter? so I can execute again the test and get 100. I'm using Apache 2.2 and openssl 1.0.1 on Ubuntu 12.04. I share you criteria about key length, but result that lot of manager are taking that test result as a evaluation criteria of server setup security, so... my server must past it ;) – gsi-frank Oct 4 '13 at 1:33
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    @gsc-frank not even gmail/google get 100 across the board... ssllabs.com/ssltest/… – NULLZ Oct 4 '13 at 2:25
  • Yes, but they must balance the performance impact and client access vs security, in my case security is paramount ;) BTW, gmail got a 90 in key exchange ;) – gsi-frank Oct 4 '13 at 3:54
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    @gsc-frank: apparently, since version 2.5.0-dev of mod_ssl (from 5 days ago !), you can put custom DH parameters in the same file as the certificate; see the documentation. Note that there may be interoperability issues... and you won't get this with the stock Apache 2.2 from Ubuntu. Though I guess you could get the package source, patch it to use a bigger modulus, and recompile it. A simpler method would be to use only ECDHE cipher suites, but this may reject too many existing Web browsers for your taste. – Tom Leek Oct 4 '13 at 10:11
  • @TomLeek Thanks a lot! I will move to Apache 2.4 and then use only ECDHE ciphers to get a 4 x 100 score. Seem to me that still remain some time to such new mod_ssl option arrive to Ubuntu. Your help was very important, thanks again. – gsi-frank Oct 4 '13 at 15:24

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