Opened 5 years ago

Closed 3 years ago

#15862 closed defect (duplicate)

Disable Export ciphers and DES in SSL

Reported by: fedor.brunner Owned by: EionRobb
Milestone: Component: unclassified
Version: 2.10.7 Keywords:


Please disable Export ciphers and DES for SSL connections in Pidgin. These ciphers are so weak they can be decrypted using a small computer cluster with moderate resources, so they offer no protection.

I have tested SSL ciphers configured in Pidgin 2.10.7 using OpenSSL s_server.


You can list the properties of these ciphers using openssl ciphers

DHE-RSA-AES256-SHA      SSLv3 Kx=DH       Au=RSA  Enc=AES(256)  Mac=SHA1
DHE-DSS-AES256-SHA      SSLv3 Kx=DH       Au=DSS  Enc=AES(256)  Mac=SHA1
AES256-SHA              SSLv3 Kx=RSA      Au=RSA  Enc=AES(256)  Mac=SHA1
DHE-RSA-AES128-SHA      SSLv3 Kx=DH       Au=RSA  Enc=AES(128)  Mac=SHA1
DHE-DSS-AES128-SHA      SSLv3 Kx=DH       Au=DSS  Enc=AES(128)  Mac=SHA1
RC4-SHA                 SSLv3 Kx=RSA      Au=RSA  Enc=RC4(128)  Mac=SHA1
RC4-MD5                 SSLv3 Kx=RSA      Au=RSA  Enc=RC4(128)  Mac=MD5 
AES128-SHA              SSLv3 Kx=RSA      Au=RSA  Enc=AES(128)  Mac=SHA1
EDH-RSA-DES-CBC3-SHA    SSLv3 Kx=DH       Au=RSA  Enc=3DES(168) Mac=SHA1
EDH-DSS-DES-CBC3-SHA    SSLv3 Kx=DH       Au=DSS  Enc=3DES(168) Mac=SHA1
DES-CBC3-SHA            SSLv3 Kx=RSA      Au=RSA  Enc=3DES(168) Mac=SHA1
EDH-RSA-DES-CBC-SHA     SSLv3 Kx=DH       Au=RSA  Enc=DES(56)   Mac=SHA1
EDH-DSS-DES-CBC-SHA     SSLv3 Kx=DH       Au=DSS  Enc=DES(56)   Mac=SHA1
DES-CBC-SHA             SSLv3 Kx=RSA      Au=RSA  Enc=DES(56)   Mac=SHA1
EXP-RC4-MD5             SSLv3 Kx=RSA(512) Au=RSA  Enc=RC4(40)   Mac=MD5  export
EXP-RC2-CBC-MD5         SSLv3 Kx=RSA(512) Au=RSA  Enc=RC2(40)   Mac=MD5  export

Disable the DES with 56 bit keys: EDH-RSA-DES-CBC-SHA, EDH-DSS-DES-CBC-SHA, DES-CBC-SHA Disable the Export ciphers with 40 bit keys: EXP-RC4-MD5, EXP-RC2-CBC-MD5

See the longer analysis here:

Change History (1)

comment:1 Changed 3 years ago by dx

  • Resolution set to duplicate
  • Status changed from new to closed

Closed as duplicate of #16262.
This was dealt with in f26d96f03176, which is in 2.10.11

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