Disabled SSLv2 and SSLv3 but Wireshark is still showing attempted SSL connections to

Posted on 2014-11-06
Last Modified: 2014-11-07
With the POODLE vulnerability, credit card gateway Authorize.NET has disabled support for SSLv3/SSLv2 and is requiring TLS to be used to connect to their service.

I'm running into an odd issue however.   I have two web servers, both running the same web ecommerce application (Lagarde Storefront, our developer is adamant that the exact same code is running on both web servers (each site just has a different domain name)

Both servers have SSLv2 and SSLv3 disabled, and this is confirmed by

This is also confirmed by the registry:

SSL3 client
SSL3 server

However, one site cannot process credit card transactions ( is refusing or closing the connection), and I have confirmed different behavior via Wireshark.

One server is trying to connect using SSL v3,   while the working server is using TLS:


If the code is identical on both servers as the developer claims,  and SSL v2 and SSL v3 is confirmed DISABLED on both servers, what could it possibly be on the one server that is trying to use SSL to connect?  (if not the web application code)

The working server (using TLS) is running WIndows Server 2003 and the server trying to connect using SSL is a Server 2008 R2 server.

Any ideas what else I can check (server-side) that may be contributing to the connection attempting SSL rather than TLS?

Question by:Vas
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Author Comment

ID: 40426943
I have a bit more info, at least for how to fix it in the web application code, however it seems there must be a way to set this for the entire server but I haven't been able to track this down.

For ASP.NET, putting something like this in the code will force the web application to use TLS for outgoing connections:
System.Net.ServicePointManager.SecurityProtocol = System.Net.SecurityProtocolType.Tls

What I still need to know is where in IIS6 and IIS7 to force this for the entire server so no coding changes are needed.

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Accepted Solution

David Johnson, CD, MVP earned 500 total points
ID: 40427785
Powershell Script
enable perfect forward security.ps1
# Copyright 2014, Alexander Hass
# Add and Enable SSL 3.0 for client and server SCHANNEL communications
#md 'HKLM:\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SecurityProviders\SCHANNEL\Protocols\SSL 3.0' -Force
#md 'HKLM:\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SecurityProviders\SCHANNEL\Protocols\SSL 3.0\Server' -Force
#New-ItemProperty -path 'HKLM:\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SecurityProviders\SCHANNEL\Protocols\SSL 3.0\Server' -name 'Enabled' -value '0xffffffff' -PropertyType 'DWord' -Force
#New-ItemProperty -path 'HKLM:\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SecurityProviders\SCHANNEL\Protocols\SSL 3.0\Server' -name 'DisabledByDefault' -value 0 -PropertyType 'DWord' -Force
# Add and Enable TLS 1.0 for client and server SCHANNEL communications
md 'HKLM:\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SecurityProviders\SCHANNEL\Protocols\TLS 1.0' -Force
md 'HKLM:\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SecurityProviders\SCHANNEL\Protocols\TLS 1.0\Server' -Force
New-ItemProperty -path 'HKLM:\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SecurityProviders\SCHANNEL\Protocols\TLS 1.0\Server' -name 'Enabled' -value '0xffffffff' -PropertyType 'DWord' -Force
New-ItemProperty -path 'HKLM:\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SecurityProviders\SCHANNEL\Protocols\TLS 1.0\Server' -name 'DisabledByDefault' -value 0 -PropertyType 'DWord' -Force
# Add and Enable TLS 1.1 for client and server SCHANNEL communications
md 'HKLM:\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SecurityProviders\SCHANNEL\Protocols\TLS 1.1' -Force
md 'HKLM:\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SecurityProviders\SCHANNEL\Protocols\TLS 1.1\Server' -Force
md 'HKLM:\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SecurityProviders\SCHANNEL\Protocols\TLS 1.1\Client' -Force
New-ItemProperty -path 'HKLM:\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SecurityProviders\SCHANNEL\Protocols\TLS 1.1\Server' -name 'Enabled' -value '0xffffffff' -PropertyType 'DWord' -Force
New-ItemProperty -path 'HKLM:\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SecurityProviders\SCHANNEL\Protocols\TLS 1.1\Server' -name 'DisabledByDefault' -value 0 -PropertyType 'DWord' -Force
New-ItemProperty -path 'HKLM:\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SecurityProviders\SCHANNEL\Protocols\TLS 1.1\Client' -name 'Enabled' -value 1 -PropertyType 'DWord' -Force
New-ItemProperty -path 'HKLM:\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SecurityProviders\SCHANNEL\Protocols\TLS 1.1\Client' -name 'DisabledByDefault' -value 0 -PropertyType 'DWord' -Force
# Add and Enable TLS 1.2 for client and server SCHANNEL communications
md 'HKLM:\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SecurityProviders\SCHANNEL\Protocols\TLS 1.2' -Force
md 'HKLM:\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SecurityProviders\SCHANNEL\Protocols\TLS 1.2\Server' -Force
md 'HKLM:\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SecurityProviders\SCHANNEL\Protocols\TLS 1.2\Client' -Force
New-ItemProperty -path 'HKLM:\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SecurityProviders\SCHANNEL\Protocols\TLS 1.2\Server' -name 'Enabled' -value '0xffffffff' -PropertyType 'DWord' -Force
New-ItemProperty -path 'HKLM:\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SecurityProviders\SCHANNEL\Protocols\TLS 1.2\Server' -name 'DisabledByDefault' -value 0 -PropertyType 'DWord' -Force
New-ItemProperty -path 'HKLM:\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SecurityProviders\SCHANNEL\Protocols\TLS 1.2\Client' -name 'Enabled' -value 1 -PropertyType 'DWord' -Force
New-ItemProperty -path 'HKLM:\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SecurityProviders\SCHANNEL\Protocols\TLS 1.2\Client' -name 'DisabledByDefault' -value 0 -PropertyType 'DWord' -Force
# Disable Multi-Protocol Unified Hello
md 'HKLM:\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SecurityProviders\SCHANNEL\Protocols\Multi-Protocol Unified Hello\Server' -Force
New-ItemProperty -path 'HKLM:\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SecurityProviders\SCHANNEL\Protocols\Multi-Protocol Unified Hello\Server' -name Enabled -value 0 -PropertyType 'DWord' -Force
# Disable PCT 1.0
md 'HKLM:\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SecurityProviders\SCHANNEL\Protocols\PCT 1.0' -Force
md 'HKLM:\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SecurityProviders\SCHANNEL\Protocols\PCT 1.0\Server' -Force
New-ItemProperty -path 'HKLM:\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SecurityProviders\SCHANNEL\Protocols\PCT 1.0\Server' -name Enabled -value 0 -PropertyType 'DWord' -Force
# Disable SSL 2.0 (PCI Compliance)
md 'HKLM:\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SecurityProviders\SCHANNEL\Protocols\SSL 2.0\Server' -Force
New-ItemProperty -path 'HKLM:\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SecurityProviders\SCHANNEL\Protocols\SSL 2.0\Server' -name Enabled -value 0 -PropertyType 'DWord' -Force
# WARNING: If you disable SSL 3.0 the you may lock out some people still using
# Windows XP with IE6/7. Without SSL 3.0 enabled, there is no protocol available
# for these people to fall back. Safer shopping certifications may require that
# you disable SSLv3. I suspect in mid 2015 this can safely disabled.
# Disable SSL 3.0 (PCI Compliance)
md 'HKLM:\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SecurityProviders\SCHANNEL\Protocols\SSL 3.0\Server' -Force
New-ItemProperty -path 'HKLM:\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SecurityProviders\SCHANNEL\Protocols\SSL 3.0\Server' -name Enabled -value 0 -PropertyType 'DWord' -Force
# Disable insecure ciphers
$insecureCiphers = 'NULL','RC2 40/128','RC2 56/128','RC2 128/128','RC4 40/128','RC4 56/128','RC4 64/128','DES 56/56'
Foreach ($insecureCipher in $insecureCiphers) {
  $key = (Get-Item HKLM:\).OpenSubKey('SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SecurityProviders\SCHANNEL\Ciphers', $true).CreateSubKey($insecureCipher)
  $key.SetValue('Enabled', 0, 'DWord')
  Write-Host "$insecureCipher has been disabled"
# Enable new secure ciphers
$secureCiphers = 'RC4 128/128','Triple DES 168/168','AES 128/128','AES 256/256'
Foreach ($secureCipher in $secureCiphers) {
  $key = (Get-Item HKLM:\).OpenSubKey('SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SecurityProviders\SCHANNEL\Ciphers', $true).CreateSubKey($secureCipher)
  New-ItemProperty -path "HKLM:\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SecurityProviders\SCHANNEL\Ciphers\$secureCipher" -name 'Enabled' -value '0xffffffff' -PropertyType 'DWord' -Force
  Write-Host "$secureCipher has been enabled"
# Set hashes configuration
md 'HKLM:\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SecurityProviders\SCHANNEL\Hashes\MD5' -Force
New-ItemProperty -path 'HKLM:\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SecurityProviders\SCHANNEL\Hashes\MD5' -name Enabled -value '0xffffffff' -PropertyType 'DWord' -Force
md 'HKLM:\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SecurityProviders\SCHANNEL\Hashes\SHA' -Force
New-ItemProperty -path 'HKLM:\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SecurityProviders\SCHANNEL\Hashes\SHA' -name Enabled -value '0xffffffff' -PropertyType 'DWord' -Force
# Set KeyExchangeAlgorithms configuration
md 'HKLM:\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SecurityProviders\SCHANNEL\KeyExchangeAlgorithms\Diffie-Hellman' -Force
New-ItemProperty -path 'HKLM:\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SecurityProviders\SCHANNEL\KeyExchangeAlgorithms\Diffie-Hellman' -name Enabled -value '0xffffffff' -PropertyType 'DWord' -Force
md 'HKLM:\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SecurityProviders\SCHANNEL\KeyExchangeAlgorithms\PKCS' -Force
New-ItemProperty -path 'HKLM:\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SecurityProviders\SCHANNEL\KeyExchangeAlgorithms\PKCS' -name Enabled -value '0xffffffff' -PropertyType 'DWord' -Force
# Set cipher suites order as secure as possible (Enables Perfect Forward Secrecy)
Write-Host 'After the system has been rebooted you can verify your server configuration at'
Write-Host -ForegroundColor Red 'A computer restart is required to apply settings. Restart computer now?'
Restart-Computer -Force -Confirm

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Author Comment

ID: 40428557
Thanks, looks like that is only for Windows Server 2008 R2 and higher, so just noting that here for anyone else that finds this thread.

This is very useful however so thank you for that, even if manually making changes one can easily refer to the powershell code for the needed changes and it's nicely commented.

Appreciate it.
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by:David Johnson, CD, MVP
ID: 40428609
you're welcome

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