SSLHandshakeException causes connections to failedit


  • A SSLHandshakeException causes a connection to a node to fail and indicates that there is a configuration issue. Some of the common exceptions are shown below with tips on how to resolve these issues.

Resolution: No name matching found

Indicates that a client connection was made to but the certificate returned did not contain the name In most cases, the issue can be resolved by ensuring the name is specified during certificate creation. For more information, see Encrypt internode communications with TLS. Another scenario is when the environment does not wish to use DNS names in certificates at all. In this scenario, all settings in elasticsearch.yml should only use IP addresses including the network.publish_host setting. No subject alternative names present

Indicates that a client connection was made to an IP address but the returned certificate did not contain any SubjectAlternativeName entries. IP addresses are only used for hostname verification if they are specified as a SubjectAlternativeName during certificate creation. If the intent was to use IP addresses for hostname verification, then the certificate will need to be regenerated with the appropriate IP address. See Encrypt internode communications with TLS. null cert chain and Received fatal alert: bad_certificate

The SSLHandshakeException indicates that a self-signed certificate was returned by the client that is not trusted as it cannot be found in the truststore or keystore. This SSLException is seen on the client side of the connection. unable to find valid certification path to requested target and Received fatal alert: certificate_unknown

This SunCertPathBuilderException indicates that a certificate was returned during the handshake that is not trusted. This message is seen on the client side of the connection. The SSLException is seen on the server side of the connection. The CA certificate that signed the returned certificate was not found in the keystore or truststore and needs to be added to trust this certificate. Invalid ECDH ServerKeyExchange signature

The Invalid ECDH ServerKeyExchange signature can indicate that a key and a corresponding certificate don’t match and are causing the handshake to fail. Verify the contents of each of the files you are using for your configured certificate authorities, certificates and keys. In particular, check that the key and certificate belong to the same key pair.