Directory Services: SSL/TLS Record Fragmentation Support

This post discuss a interoperability issue I encountered. An admin had set up an Apache web server with the OpenSSL mod for SSL/TLS support. Users were able to connect to the secure web site using Firefox, but when they tried to use Internet Explorer the connection failed with the following error: The page cannot be displayed. We […]

This post discuss a interoperability issue I encountered. An admin had set up an Apache web server with the OpenSSL mod for SSL/TLS support. Users were able to connect to the secure web site using Firefox, but when they tried to use Internet Explorer the connection failed with the following error: The page cannot be displayed. We were asked to investigate what was happening and fix it if possible.

When connecting to an SSL-enabled web site with Internet Explorer, the client and server must negotiate an SSL session during a process called the SSL (or TLS) Handshake. The client and server exchange what are called records, each record containing information relevant to a step in the negotiation process. Describing the entire Handshake process is beyond the scope of this post, but you can find more information here.

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