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Re: (ITS#4941) incorrect description of TLS_REQCERT setting

Philip Guenther wrote:
> On Mon, 30 Apr 2007, Howard Chu wrote:
>> guenther+ldapdev@sendmail.com wrote:
> ...
>>> - 'allow' checks the identity of the server vs its cert (per RFC 4513,
>>>   section 3.1.3) and will terminate the connection if they don't match
>>> - 'try' is the same as 'demand' and 'hard'
>> Not quite. With both "allow" and "try" it's OK if the server provides no 
>> certificate.
> That's true of 'demand' and 'hard' as well.  The only difference between 
> 'try' and 'demand' in the code is that the latter passes 
> SSL_CTX_set_verify() the SSL_VERIFY_FAIL_IF_NO_PEER_CERT flag, but that 
> flag has NO EFFECT on SSL clients.  This is documented on the 
> SSL_CTX_set_verify() manpage and confirmed by grepping the openssl source 
> for it.
> If you don't believe me, I suggest you try configuring your server to 
> accept the ADH suites (don't forget to set TLSDHParamFile to /dev/null) 
> and give ldapsearch a whirl with
> in your environment.  That's what I did.

When this text was written, there was no support for anonymous cipher suites. 
So the meaning of the text is: assuming a cipher suite that actually uses 
certificates, the client would proceed even if the server didn't provide a 
cert. It's entirely possible that this circumstance has been overcome by other 
developments. Most likely this hasn't been a valid use case for quite a long 
time. But it has nothing to do with Diffie-Hellman key exchanges...

   -- Howard Chu
   Chief Architect, Symas Corp.  http://www.symas.com
   Director, Highland Sun        http://highlandsun.com/hyc/
   Chief Architect, OpenLDAP     http://www.openldap.org/project/