What to do about SSL strength

Thiago Macieira thiago at kde.org
Tue Mar 7 18:58:02 GMT 2006

George Staikos wrote:
>  I'm really frustrated.  All along, my goals with KSSL were to be
> secure, but most importantly compatible.  I finally broke down and
> threw away the "compatibility preferences" list in 3.5.x as we had too
> many users complaining that KSSL negotiated 'weak' ciphers.  This where
> 'weak' == 128bit.  Well, now we're back to bug reports that KSSL can
> no-longer talk to servers.  It's definitely about broken servers, but
> there is nothing we can do to have them fixed.  The result is that
> people can't login to their bank or favorite store because they're told
> that Konqi doesn't support strong SSL. (Meanwhile, the cipher
> negotiated is 168bit or stronger.)  My personal view is that we go back
> to the preferences list and people can forget about unsupported modern
> SSL ciphers for now.  Any thoughts on this?

Let me understand this correctly:

- you made it so that we negotiate ciphers of 168 bits or stronger
- as a result, servers tell us we don't support strong encryption

Are those servers trying to use 128-bit as "strong"? Or is that just a 
negotiation problem?
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