I'm quite new to the FreeBSD environment, I'm quite used to the Linux one.

I've created a jail in FreeNAS 9.3 and installed nginx with ssl support following several online resources (googled "freebsd jail nginx ssl" or something like that) and a lets encrypt certificate. I know there's a newer FreeNAS version based on FreeBSD 10 but I can't upgrade just yet.

Everything works smoothly but my SSLLabs rating is a C because The server supports only older protocols, but not the current best TLS 1.2. Grade capped to C.

In my nginx config file TLSv1.2 is enabled and the server reload gives no error:

server {
    listen 443 ssl;

    ssl_session_cache shared:SSL:10m;
    ssl_session_timeout 10m;
    ssl_prefer_server_ciphers on;
    ssl_protocols TLSv1 TLSv1.1 TLSv1.2;
    ssl_dhparam /usr/local/etc/ssl/dhparam.pem;

 # service nginx reload
Performing sanity check on nginx configuration:
nginx: the configuration file /usr/local/etc/nginx/nginx.conf syntax is ok
nginx: configuration file /usr/local/etc/nginx/nginx.conf test is successful

Can anybody point me to the error or to a possible workaround? Thankyou


after kind comments of @Drifter104 and @Amiramix, openssl version is 0.9.8za and doesn't seem to support TLSv1.2

Now that the mistery is solved, I need to discover how to install a more update openssl, thank you

  • The version of openssl installed my not support it – Drifter104 Apr 5 '16 at 15:58
  • Can you check openssl version to get the version of OpenSSL? TLS 1.2 is supported in version 1.0.1: openssl.org/docs/faq.html Did you read the nginx document nginx.org/en/docs/http/configuring_https_servers.html ? Also, openssl ciphers -v will give you list of available ciphers in OpenSSL, you can check if the ciphers you wanted to enable are supported. – Greg Apr 5 '16 at 23:18
  • ok, both of you are right: OpenSSL 0.9.8za-freebsd 5 Jun 2014 and supported ciphers are SSLv2 and SSLv3... – Juan Clavero Apr 6 '16 at 6:28

The original question has already been answered in the comments.

OpenSSL 0.9.8za-freebsd has no support for TLS 1.2

According to freshports, you can upgrade openssl from the port coolection (eg using pkg or portmaster).


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