I have been doing Network Scan for our box and Ncircle reported SSL Server support RC4 ciphers for SSLv3. Based on that I did a search and I plan to add to /etc/apache/conf.d/security the following:

SSLProtocol -ALL +SSLv3 +TLSv1

So if I understand well, the sign ! is a negation like in a programming language then my rules shoul be the following:

SSLProtocol -ALL +SSLv3 +TLSv1

I kept on reading the report and There were complain about support for CBC and weak MAC

I searched on and I found 2 blogs hynek.me and raymii.org. I am a little bit confuse. Which directive are recent address my current issues.

A little enlightenment is needed for me to pluck this. Thank you


After much trouble and reading. I have come up with this:


I have checked with

openssl ciphers -V 'ALL:!ADH:!RC4:+HIGH:+MEDIUM:!LOW:!SSLv2:!SSLv3!EXPORT' | grep CBC

openssl ciphers -V 'ALL:!ADH:!RC4:+HIGH:+MEDIUM:!LOW:!SSLv2:!SSLv3!EXPORT' | grep RC4

I am not sure whether this is good enough. I suspect some browsers might have compatibility issues with that.

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There are still some RC4 ciphers in your list. To check which ciphers are offered by the server enter your list into 'openssl ciphers -V', i.e.

  $ openssl ciphers -V 'ALL:!ADH:!RC4+RSA:+HIGH:+MEDIUM:!LOW:!SSLv2:!EXPORT' | grep RC4
      0xC0,0x11 - ECDHE-RSA-RC4-SHA       SSLv3 Kx=ECDH     Au=RSA  Enc=RC4(128)  Mac=SHA1
      0xC0,0x07 - ECDHE-ECDSA-RC4-SHA     SSLv3 Kx=ECDH     Au=ECDSA Enc=RC4(128)  Mac=SHA1
      0xC0,0x16 - AECDH-RC4-SHA           SSLv3 Kx=ECDH     Au=None Enc=RC4(128)  Mac=SHA1
      0xC0,0x0C - ECDH-RSA-RC4-SHA        SSLv3 Kx=ECDH/RSA Au=ECDH Enc=RC4(128)  Mac=SHA1
      0xC0,0x02 - ECDH-ECDSA-RC4-SHA      SSLv3 Kx=ECDH/ECDSA Au=ECDH Enc=RC4(128)  Mac=SHA1
      0x00,0x8A - PSK-RC4-SHA             SSLv3 Kx=PSK      Au=PSK  Enc=RC4(128)  Mac=SHA1

A good source for how to configure your server correctly is ssllabs.com. For examples of useful cipher settings see https://community.qualys.com/blogs/securitylabs/2013/08/05/configuring-apache-nginx-and-openssl-for-forward-secrecy.

  • Hello Thanks for your suggestion. the requirement of the post on Qualys is apache 2.4 . I am running apache 2.2.22(ubuntu 12.04). Commands on Qualys and hynek.me are similar so I used the capital v switch like in your command: openssl ciphers -V 'ECDH+AESGCM:DH+AESGCM:ECDH+AES256:DH+AES256:ECDH+AES128:DH+AES:ECDH+3DES:DH+3DES:RSA+AESGCM:RSA+AES:RSA+3DES:!aNULL:!MD5:!DSS' | grep RC4 Sep 27, 2014 at 14:28
  • How to I check disabling of CBC? Sep 27, 2014 at 14:29
  • replace the grep RC4 with grep CBC Sep 27, 2014 at 15:32
  • I have made some updates. But doubting whether that is fine Sep 27, 2014 at 18:36
  • Check you site against ssllabs.com/ssltest/analyze.html. It will tell you if common browsers will have problems with the ciphers. Since you neither have 3DES nor RC4 I'm sure that IE8 will not work. Sep 27, 2014 at 18:52

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