Troubleshooting SSL Handshake Error

Troubleshooting SSL Handshake Error

SSL Handshake Error

SSL Handshake error occurs when a secure connection cannot be established to the URL added for monitoring. Common reasons for it are wrong SSL protocol version, incompatible ciphers, and invalid/missing client-side certificate. 

Check if the URL is accessible

Ensure that the URL added for monitoring is accessible from the server where Applications Manager is installed. Check if the URL can be accessed over  https://  in an incognito/private browser window. 
You can also check if a URL is accessible by using cURL/Wget.
Navigate to the edit monitor page and change the protocol version to "Auto", poll the monitor a couple of times, and check. This will allow Applications Manager to pick the most appropriate protocol and will help to avoid an SSL Handshake Error because of the wrong SSL protocol version. If this does not solve the issue, then follow the steps mentioned below.

Enable more ciphers

Applications Manager Version
Troubleshooting step
14760 and above
Navigate to Admin > Global Settings > Check "Enable weaker ciphers and algorithms"  >  Click Save. 

Restart Applications Manager and poll the monitor 1-2 times and check.
Navigate to [Applications Manager Home]
> working > jre > lib > security
Here, take a backup of file. 

After this, apply the patch named "Java_Security_Patch" which is attached.
Restart Applications Manager, poll the monitor a couple of times, and check.
14260 and before
Follow these steps to upgrade the JCE jars. 

After completing the steps mentioned, restart Applications Manager and poll the monitor 1-2 times and check.

The above steps will troubleshoot the incompatible ciphers issue as it will enable ciphers that are not supported by default. 

Check client-side certificate

If the URL uses client-side authentication (AKA 2 way authentication) then, ensure that the client certificate applied has not expired and the password added in the monitor is correct. You can check if the client certificate is present by navigating to  [Applications Manager Home] > working > Cert > URL. Here, check for the presence of the client certificate file. If the file is not present then, try updating the monitor with the certificate file. 

Check proxy settings

Check if you have proxy enabled. If you do, then bypass the domain of the URL from the proxy and poll the monitor a couple of times. 
To bypass the domain of the URL navigate to Admin > Connectivity > Proxy Server > 
"Do not use a proxy for addresses beginning with". Here, mention the domain of your URL, for example, if the URL is  then mention ";"  in the field.

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