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I am having trouble trying to connect to a secure OpenLDAP server which I have set up. On running my LDAP client code

java -Djavax.net.debug=ssl LDAPConnector

I get the following exception trace (java version 1.6.0_17)

trigger seeding of SecureRandom
done seeding SecureRandom
%% No cached client session
*** ClientHello, TLSv1
RandomCookie:  GMT: 1256110124 bytes = { 224, 19, 193, 148, 45, 205, 108, 37, 101, 247, 112, 24, 157, 39, 111, 177, 43, 53, 206, 224, 68, 165, 55, 185, 54, 203, 43, 91 }
Session ID:  {}
Cipher Suites: [SSL_RSA_WITH_RC4_128_MD5, SSL_RSA_WITH_RC4_128_SHA, TLS_RSA_WITH_AES_128_CBC_SHA, TLS_DHE_RSA_WITH_AES_128_CBC_SHA, TLS_DHE_DSS_WITH_AES_128_CBC_SHA, SSL_RSA_W
ITH_3DES_EDE_CBC_SHA, SSL_DHE_RSA_WITH_3DES_EDE_CBC_SHA, SSL_DHE_DSS_WITH_3DES_EDE_CBC_SHA, SSL_RSA_WITH_DES_CBC_SHA, SSL_DHE_RSA_WITH_DES_CBC_SHA, SSL_DHE_DSS_WITH_DES_CBC_SH
A, SSL_RSA_EXPORT_WITH_RC4_40_MD5, SSL_RSA_EXPORT_WITH_DES40_CBC_SHA, SSL_DHE_RSA_EXPORT_WITH_DES40_CBC_SHA, SSL_DHE_DSS_EXPORT_WITH_DES40_CBC_SHA]
Compression Methods:  { 0 }
***
Thread-0, WRITE: TLSv1 Handshake, length = 73
Thread-0, WRITE: SSLv2 client hello message, length = 98
Thread-0, received EOFException: error
Thread-0, handling exception: javax.net.ssl.SSLHandshakeException: Remote host closed connection during handshake
Thread-0, SEND TLSv1 ALERT:  fatal, description = handshake_failure
Thread-0, WRITE: TLSv1 Alert, length = 2
Thread-0, called closeSocket()
main, handling exception: javax.net.ssl.SSLHandshakeException: Remote host closed connection during handshake
javax.naming.CommunicationException: simple bind failed: ldap.natraj.com:636 [Root exception is javax.net.ssl.SSLHandshakeException: Remote host closed connection during hands
hake]
        at com.sun.jndi.ldap.LdapClient.authenticate(Unknown Source)
        at com.sun.jndi.ldap.LdapCtx.connect(Unknown Source)
        at com.sun.jndi.ldap.LdapCtx.<init>(Unknown Source)
        at com.sun.jndi.ldap.LdapCtxFactory.getUsingURL(Unknown Source)
        at com.sun.jndi.ldap.LdapCtxFactory.getUsingURLs(Unknown Source)
        at com.sun.jndi.ldap.LdapCtxFactory.getLdapCtxInstance(Unknown Source)
        at com.sun.jndi.ldap.LdapCtxFactory.getInitialContext(Unknown Source)
        at javax.naming.spi.NamingManager.getInitialContext(Unknown Source)
        at javax.naming.InitialContext.getDefaultInitCtx(Unknown Source)
        at javax.naming.InitialContext.init(Unknown Source)
        at javax.naming.InitialContext.<init>(Unknown Source)
        at javax.naming.directory.InitialDirContext.<init>(Unknown Source)
        at LDAPConnector.CallSecureLDAPServer(LDAPConnector.java:43)
        at LDAPConnector.main(LDAPConnector.java:237)
Caused by: javax.net.ssl.SSLHandshakeException: Remote host closed connection during handshake
        at com.sun.net.ssl.internal.ssl.SSLSocketImpl.readRecord(Unknown Source)
        at com.sun.net.ssl.internal.ssl.SSLSocketImpl.performInitialHandshake(Unknown Source)
        at com.sun.net.ssl.internal.ssl.SSLSocketImpl.readDataRecord(Unknown Source)
        at com.sun.net.ssl.internal.ssl.AppInputStream.read(Unknown Source)
        at java.io.BufferedInputStream.fill(Unknown Source)
        at java.io.BufferedInputStream.read1(Unknown Source)
        at java.io.BufferedInputStream.read(Unknown Source)
        at com.sun.jndi.ldap.Connection.run(Unknown Source)
        at java.lang.Thread.run(Unknown Source)
Caused by: java.io.EOFException: SSL peer shut down incorrectly
        at com.sun.net.ssl.internal.ssl.InputRecord.read(Unknown Source)
        ... 9 more

I am able to connect to the same secure LDAP server however if I use another version of java (1.6.0_14)

I have created and installed the server certificates in the cacerts of both the JRE's as mentioned in this guide --> OpenLDAP with SSL

When I run ldapsearch -x on the server I get

# extended LDIF
#
# LDAPv3
# base <dc=localdomain> (default) with scope subtree
# filter: (objectclass=*)
# requesting: ALL
#

# localdomain
dn: dc=localdomain
objectClass: top
objectClass: dcObject
objectClass: organization
o: localdomain
dc: localdomain

# admin, localdomain
dn: cn=admin,dc=localdomain
objectClass: simpleSecurityObject
objectClass: organizationalRole
cn: admin
description: LDAP administrator

# search result
search: 2
result: 0 Success

# numResponses: 3
# numEntries: 2

On running openssl s_client -connect ldap.natraj.com:636 -showcerts , I obtain the self signed certificate.

My slapd.conf file is as follows

#######################################################################
# Global Directives:

# Features to permit
#allow bind_v2

# Schema and objectClass definitions
include         /etc/ldap/schema/core.schema
include         /etc/ldap/schema/cosine.schema
include         /etc/ldap/schema/nis.schema
include         /etc/ldap/schema/inetorgperson.schema

# Where the pid file is put. The init.d script
# will not stop the server if you change this.
pidfile         /var/run/slapd/slapd.pid

# List of arguments that were passed to the server
argsfile        /var/run/slapd/slapd.args

# Read slapd.conf(5) for possible values
loglevel        none

# Where the dynamically loaded modules are stored
modulepath      /usr/lib/ldap
moduleload      back_hdb

# The maximum number of entries that is returned for a search operation
sizelimit 500

# The tool-threads parameter sets the actual amount of cpu's that is used
# for indexing.
tool-threads 1

#######################################################################
# Specific Backend Directives for hdb:
# Backend specific directives apply to this backend until another
# 'backend' directive occurs
backend         hdb

#######################################################################
# Specific Backend Directives for 'other':
# Backend specific directives apply to this backend until another
# 'backend' directive occurs
#backend                <other>

#######################################################################
# Specific Directives for database #1, of type hdb:
# Database specific directives apply to this databasse until another
# 'database' directive occurs
database        hdb

# The base of your directory in database #1
suffix          "dc=localdomain"

# rootdn directive for specifying a superuser on the database. This is needed
# for syncrepl.
rootdn          "cn=admin,dc=localdomain"

# Where the database file are physically stored for database #1
directory       "/var/lib/ldap"

# The dbconfig settings are used to generate a DB_CONFIG file the first
# time slapd starts.  They do NOT override existing an existing DB_CONFIG
# file.  You should therefore change these settings in DB_CONFIG directly
# or remove DB_CONFIG and restart slapd for changes to take effect.

# For the Debian package we use 2MB as default but be sure to update this
# value if you have plenty of RAM
dbconfig set_cachesize 0 2097152 0

# Sven Hartge reported that he had to set this value incredibly high
# to get slapd running at all. See http://bugs.debian.org/303057 for more
# information.

# Number of objects that can be locked at the same time.
dbconfig set_lk_max_objects 1500
# Number of locks (both requested and granted)
dbconfig set_lk_max_locks 1500
# Number of lockers
dbconfig set_lk_max_lockers 1500

# Indexing options for database #1
index           objectClass eq

# Save the time that the entry gets modified, for database #1
lastmod         on

# Checkpoint the BerkeleyDB database periodically in case of system
# failure and to speed slapd shutdown.
checkpoint      512 30

# Where to store the replica logs for database #1
# replogfile    /var/lib/ldap/replog
# The userPassword by default can be changed
# by the entry owning it if they are authenticated.
# Others should not be able to see it, except the
# admin entry below
# These access lines apply to database #1 only
access to attrs=userPassword,shadowLastChange
        by dn="cn=admin,dc=localdomain" write
        by anonymous auth
        by self write
        by * none

# Ensure read access to the base for things like
# supportedSASLMechanisms.  Without this you may
# have problems with SASL not knowing what
# mechanisms are available and the like.
# Note that this is covered by the 'access to *'
# ACL below too but if you change that as people
# are wont to do you'll still need this if you
# want SASL (and possible other things) to work
# happily.
access to dn.base="" by * read

# The admin dn has full write access, everyone else
# can read everything.
access to *
        by dn="cn=admin,dc=localdomain" write
        by * read

# For Netscape Roaming support, each user gets a roaming
# profile for which they have write access to
#access to dn=".*,ou=Roaming,o=morsnet"
#        by dn="cn=admin,dc=localdomain" write
#        by dnattr=owner write
#######################################################################
# Specific Directives for database #2, of type 'other' (can be hdb too):
# Database specific directives apply to this databasse until another
# 'database' directive occurs
#database        <other>

# The base of your directory for database #2
#suffix         "dc=debian,dc=org"

#######################################################################
# SSL:
# Uncomment the following lines to enable SSL and use the default
# snakeoil certificates.
#TLSCertificateFile /etc/ssl/certs/ssl-cert-snakeoil.pem
#TLSCertificateKeyFile /etc/ssl/private/ssl-cert-snakeoil.key

TLSCipherSuite TLS_RSA_AES_256_CBC_SHA
TLSCACertificateFile /etc/ldap/ssl/server.pem
TLSCertificateFile /etc/ldap/ssl/server.pem
TLSCertificateKeyFile /etc/ldap/ssl/server.pem

My ldap.conf file is

#
# LDAP Defaults
#

# See ldap.conf(5) for details
# This file should be world readable but not world writable.

HOST ldap.natraj.com
PORT 636

BASE    dc=localdomain
URI     ldaps://ldap.natraj.com
TLS_CACERT    /etc/ldap/ssl/server.pem
TLS_REQCERT allow

#SIZELIMIT      12
#TIMELIMIT      15
#DEREF          never

Why is it that I can connect to the same server using one version of JRE while I cannot with another ?

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Turn on logging in OpenLDAP and check the logs there –  ptman May 4 '10 at 8:11
    
Where do I find these logs ? In /var/logs ? –  Stormshadow May 4 '10 at 10:09

1 Answer 1

Fixed the problem. The issue was arising because the CipherSuites which were being sent by the JRE (version 1.6.0_17) did not match with the CipherSuites accepted by the server.

The server's slapd.conf contained the line

TLSCipherSuite TLS_RSA_AES_256_CBC_SHA

while this particular Java client was sending a set of suites which included TLS_RSA_AES_128_CBC_SHA. The problem was solved by simply commenting out the above mentioned line in slapd.conf. The confusion was because the server returned an EOF exception when the problem was invloving CipherSuites.

JRE (version 1.6.0_14) however, was sending TLS_RSA_AES_256_CBC_SHA as part of the CipherSuites it was accepting and thus the same code worked with this version.

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You shouldn't just name one specific cipher suite there, although you can. Just use the generic parameters to specify high or medium etc, disable SSLv2 if possible, etc. –  EJP Jul 29 '12 at 9:50

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