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Re: SSL 2.0 enabled or disabled?
From: "Blane Perry" <perrybl () michigan gov>
Date: Wed, 19 May 2004 17:22:35 -0400

Does anyone know of a tool that can scan a web server to determine which
version of SSL is being used?  nmap?  nessus?


Ralf Durkee <rd () rd1 net> 05/19/04 05:51AM >>>
At 07:13 PM 5/18/2004 -0700, Ooper Starr wrote:
Given all the vulnerabilities with SSL 2.0, do most people disable
SSL 2.0 
on their servers or are there concerns of potential loss of consumers
that 
may only have clients that support 2.0 who use the application?  IE's

defaults are SSL 2.0 & 3.0 enabled and TLS 1.0 disabled.  Any good
papers 
about this topic?
____________________________________________________________

As you suggest SSLv2 should be disabled as it is vulnerable. It can be

disabled without concern for loss of customers. I have been requiring
or 
recommending (depending on my role) disabling SSLv2 for several years,
at 
least since late 2000, as all of the browsers support sslv3 or better.
I've 
always found it curious that IE disables TLSv3 by default, I suspect
the MS 
decision maker just didn't know what TLS was. Most of the servers I
have 
reviewed or audited for the first time, do not disable SSLv2 at least
until 
after the first review.  I also recommend disabling SSLv2 on the
client 
browser and enabling SSLv3 and TLSv1. I have only found 2 web servers
since 
2000 that didn't support SSLv3 or TLSv1.  Although when IE encounters
a 
server that doesn't support it's required versions, it will just sit
there 
and "spin" when it can't complete the handshake, there's no error
message 
given.

-- Ralf Durkee, CISSP, GSEC, GCIH
Principal Consultant
http://rd1.net 



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