Cannot run SSL handshake with WildCard Certificates issued by a CryptoVision CA

  • 7001385
  • 18-Sep-2008
  • 26-Apr-2012


The Certificate subject name stores a Common Name Attribute (CN) including a wildcard like "*"
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  • Importing the Certificate did not return any errors
  • No Certificates will be send to the browser client during the SSL handshake
  • Mozilla based browser clients return:"host has sent an incorrect or unexpected message. Error -12258"
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer returns: "

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Make sure your CA does not use "bmpString" encoding
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Additional Information

The Common Name (CN) attribute has been encoded using the "bmpString" as defined in RFC3280.

Using opnssl asn1parse -inform DER -in certfilename retruns:

147:d=5  hl=2 l=   3 prim: OBJECT          :organizationName
152:d=5  hl=2 l=   4 prim: PRINTABLESTRING :Novell
158:d=3  hl=2 l=  45 cons: SET
160:d=4  hl=2 l=  43 cons: SEQUENCE
162:d=5  hl=2 l=   3 prim: OBJECT          :commonName
167:d=5  hl=2 l=  36 prim: BMPSTRING

The SAS / NILE Service is not able to handle "bmpString" encoded Common Names (CNs)

RFC3280 defines:

  X520CommonName ::= CHOICE {
       teletexString TeletexString (SIZE (1..ub-common-name)),
       printableString PrintableString (SIZE (1..ub-common-name)),
       universalString UniversalString (SIZE (1..ub-common-name)),
       utf8String UTF8String (SIZE (1..ub-common-name)),
       bmpString BMPString (SIZE (1..ub-common-name)) }a
Formerly known as TID# 10098216