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I'm trying to set up SSL, with SNI, in my apache and am getting the often-seen "ssl_error_rx_record_too_long" error in Firefox when accessing the site (, from which I can conclude that the server is listening on port 443, but doesn't know to use SSL on it.

The server is Ubuntu 9.04 with Apache 2.2.11 I enabled SSL in the default way (a2enmod ssl).

Here is my relevant config:

NameVirtualHost *:*
Listen 80

<IfModule mod_ssl.c>
    Listen 443


<VirtualHost *:*>

        DocumentRoot /home
        ServerAlias *
        UseCanonicalName Off
        VirtualDocumentRoot /home/%2/dev/%1/web

        SSLEngine On
        SSLCertificateFile /etc/apache2/certs/dev.crt
        SSLCertificateKeyFile /etc/apache2/certs/dev.key


What is wrong?

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mod_ssl didn't have SNI (Server Name Indication) support until Apache 2.2.12, yours is just a little too old. –  grawity Feb 25 '10 at 13:00
Also may be helpful: –  grawity Feb 25 '10 at 13:01

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This is part of my server working config. Hope you will it handy.

<VirtualHost *:80>

    DocumentRoot /srv/www/htdocs/

    ErrorLog  /var/log/apache2/
    CustomLog /var/log/apache2/ vhost_common

    <Directory "/srv/www/htdocs/">
        AllowOverride All
        Order allow,deny
        Allow from all

<VirtualHost *:80>
    Redirect /

<IfDefine SSL>
<IfDefine !NOSSL>
<VirtualHost _default_:443>

    DocumentRoot  /srv/www/htdocs/roundcube

    ErrorLog  /var/log/apache2/roundcube-error_log
    CustomLog /var/log/apache2/roundcube-access_log vhost_common
    CustomLog /var/log/apache2/roundcube-ssl_log ssl_combined

    SSLEngine on
    SSLCertificateFile    /etc/ssl/xxx/apache2.crt
    SSLCertificateKeyFile /etc/ssl/xxx/apache2.key
    SetEnvIf User-Agent ".*MSIE.*" \
        nokeepalive ssl-unclean-shutdown \
        downgrade-1.0 force-response-1.0
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So there's no way around duplicating the config for sites that need access via both? –  Bart van Heukelom Feb 26 '10 at 12:13
If you want to force either SSL or non-SSL you can configure Apache to redirect to the other (i.e. if you force SSL, then have the non-SSL do automatic redirect to the SSL domain). This shortens your config because it's just a one line redirect. Otherwise you should use Include statements as a way to follow DRY principles and shorten the config. –  Van Gale Feb 26 '10 at 17:15
@Bart van Heukelom: To configure similar virtual hosts, put the common directives in a separate file and use the Include directive. Alternatively, use mod_macro . –  200_success Jun 20 '10 at 13:33
<VirtualHost *:443>
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But I also need sites to be available over normal HTTP –  Bart van Heukelom Feb 25 '10 at 10:29

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