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How do I disable TLS 1.3 when running DS 6.5, 6.5.1 or 6.5.2 with Java 11.0.5 and earlier, or Java 1.8.0_272 and later?

Last updated Dec 8, 2020

The purpose of this article is to provide information on disabling TLS 1.3 when running DS with Java® 11 (11.0.5 and earlier) or Java 8 (1.8.0_272 and later). It is recommended that you upgrade to at least DS 6.5.3 and Java 11.0.6 if you want to use TLS 1.3. On earlier versions of Java 11, you should disable TLS 1.3 because of known issues with Oracle JDK 11 and OpenJDK 11's implementation of TLS 1.3.

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Java 11

Java 11 introduced support for TLS 1.3 and its associated cipher suites; DS 6.5 introduced support for Java 11.

DS has been designed to leverage the latest security features enabled by the JVM; therefore, TLS 1.3 is enabled by default when running DS with Java 11. If a client application is using TLS 1.3, the TLS session will negotiate to use TLS 1.3 by default.

However, Java 11's TLS 1.3 implementation has several issues in earlier versions, for example:

  • JDK-8217094 - HttpClient SSL race if a socket IOException is raised before ALPN is available (Fixed in Java 11.0.4)
  • JDK-8217610 - TLSv1.3 fail with ClassException when EC keys are stored in PKCS11 (Fixed in Java 11.0.6)
  • JDK-8217611 - PKCS11 module unable to negotiate TLSv1.3 with RSASSA-PSS (Fixed in Java 11.0.6)

And there are known issues in DS 6.5, 6.5.1 and 6.5.2 (fixed in DS 6.5.3):

Additionally, there is an outstanding known issue with the ChaCha20-Poly1305 algorithm (introduced in Java 9 and TLS 1.2): JDK-8224997 - ChaCha20-Poly1305 TLS cipher suite decryption throws ShortBufferException 


As a result of these issues, ForgeRock strongly recommends that you either:

  • Upgrade to at least DS 6.5.3  and Java 11.0.6 if you want to use TLS 1.3.
  • Disable TLS 1.3 when running DS 6.5, 6.5.1 and 6.5.2 with Oracle JDK 11 or OpenJDK 11 as described in the following section.

Similarly, it is strongly recommended that you do not use ciphers based on the ChaCha20-Poly1305 algorithm (for example, TLS_ECDHE_RSA_WITH_CHACHA20_POLY1305_SHA256, TLS_ECDHE_ECDSA_WITH_CHACHA20_POLY1305_SHA256 etc​​​​) for data encryption.

Java 8

Java 1.8.0_272 implements TLS 1.3 by default. If you are using a pre-DS 6.5.3 version, you should either upgrade to DS 6.5.3 or later, or disable TLS 1.3 as described in the following section.

Disabling TLS 1.3 in DS

You can disable TLS 1.3 in DS by explicitly listing the ssl-protocols allowed per connection handler. It is strongly recommended that you restrict the allowed protocols to TLSv1.2 on the following connection handlers: LDAP, LDAPS, HTTPS and the Administrator Connector. For example:

  • LDAP: $ ./dsconfig --hostname --port 4444 --bindDN "cn=Directory Manager" --bindPassword password set-connection-handler-prop --handler-name LDAP --set ssl-protocol:TLSv1.2 --trustAll --no-prompt
  • LDAPS: $ ./dsconfig --hostname --port 4444 --bindDN "cn=Directory Manager" --bindPassword password set-connection-handler-prop --handler-name LDAPS --set ssl-protocol:TLSv1.2 --trustAll --no-prompt
  • HTTPS: $ ./dsconfig --hostname --port 4444 --bindDN "cn=Directory Manager" --bindPassword password set-connection-handler-prop --handler-name HTTPS --set ssl-protocol:TLSv1.2 --trustAll --no-prompt
  • Administrator Connector: $ ./dsconfig --hostname --port 4444 --bindDN "cn=Directory Manager" --bindPassword password set-administration-connector-prop --set ssl-protocol:TLSv1.2 --trustAll --no-prompt

See Also

How do I configure LDAPS clients in DS 5.x, 6.x and OpenDJ 3.x?

SSL in DS/OpenDJ

Administration Guide › LDAP Client Access Over SSL

Administration Guide › TLS Protocols and Cipher Suites

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