Problem: Chrome and Firefox recently updated and suddenly stopped allowing connections to your SMP3 Admin and possibly your applications and is giving you the error Server has a weak ephemeral Diffie-Hellman public key
This is an attempt by the browsers to protect you from connecting to a Server that is using outdated cipher settings which could lead to a recently published SSL vulnerability “logjam”.
The ciphers being used by SMP3 SP08 and prior server versions are defaulting to obsolete choices. I believe this is being updated for the SMP3 SP09 release. However, in the meantime you can make a similar change to your server to update the ciphers using the following procedure.
The quickest fix is to just remove the TLS_DHE_RSA_WITH_AES_128_CBC_SHA from the default cihpers list. This removes the one google is complaining about. You can also just update the ciphers as indicated below to add support for some of the newer cihphers. This won’t hurt anything but I also don’t know which ones are actually used or support by the browsers.
- Stop the SMP3 server
- Edit the Server\confg_master\org.eclipse.gemini.web.tomcat\default-server.xml file
- Find the ciphers line in each of the following Connector tags and replace the value with the ciphers below.
- Connector smpConnectorName=”oneWaySSL”
- Connector smpConnectorName=”AdminSSL”
- Connector smpConnectorName=”mutualSSL”
- Save and restart the SMP3 server. Now connections from Chrome and Firefox should no longer give that error.
The key is to remove the TLS_DHE_* ciphers. This list contains probably more options that you will need but I leave it to you to determine which ones you want to support.
For Agentry clients be sure to test each device you will be using BEFORE making this change in production. If your device does not support the newer ciphers it will probably fail to connect and you may need to either update your device or re-implement the obsolete cipher.