[stunnel-users] HELP! SSLv3 to TLSv1.2

Eric Eberhard flash at vicsmba.com
Fri Jun 7 23:50:11 CEST 2019

THANK YOU.  The two stunnel thing looks good and I will try it.  It is C
code written by UPS in 2003!!!  And still working.  They claim it is SSLv3
but I think it is too old for that.  I will have to play with it.  Since it
is a once-a-day thing (to send in the manifest) I could use 20 stunnels on
not care.  Your idea gives me hope.


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From: stunnel-users [mailto:stunnel-users-bounces at stunnel.org] On Behalf Of
Christopher Schultz
Sent: Friday, June 07, 2019 11:25 AM
To: stunnel-users at stunnel.org
Subject: Re: [stunnel-users] HELP! SSLv3 to TLSv1.2


On 6/7/19 13:53, Eric Eberhard wrote:
> I have a weird problem.  A remote site that has always used SSLv3 
> wants to use TLSv1.2 – normally that takes 5 seconds in the config file.
> However, the remote site supplied the software that sends to them 
> and does not supply a version we can use unless we upgrade O/S and 
> JAVA and who knows what else for hundreds of customers.  In four days.

If this is Java, then the problem is likely with the JVM only and they might
be able to get away with just upgrading the version of Java. They are
probably using Java 6. If they move up to Java 8 (which is just about to be
relegated to the digital dustbin!), then they get TLS 1.2 and, most likely,
they won't see any compatibility issues.

Most outfits won't upgrade their Java version because they are scared.,
ignorant, and/or don't have a good testing process. I've never had a problem
upgrading Java. Not even to the later weirdo "modular" ones.

> Normally stunnel takes in clear text and sends it out in whatever you 
> like (TLSv1.2 in this case).  And the reverse.
> Can it take in SSLv3 and convert to TLSv1.2?

I do not believe you can do this with a single stunnel. stunnel connects
cleartext to encrypted or vice-versa, depending on the value of the "client"

But, the solution is simple: use two stunnels.

So, let's say that you need to "proxy" a connection incoming on port 443 out
to another server on port 8443. The 443 traffic requires TLSv1.2 and the
8443 traffic can only handle SSLv3. Do something like this:



(The above are obviously not exact. You can't specify a protocol for a
specific service, you can't specify both client=true and client=false in
the same file, etc. Finally, you probably don't want to LIMIT the outgoing
connection to SSLv3. You want it to handshake whatever it can get its hands

> Of course conceptually
> this is easy and just a logical extension of stunnel – in practice, if 
> not there, it would be a job.  Which I might tackle – but I first 
> wanted to get community input.

I think configuring two tunnels gets the job done without writing any new


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