REMOTE_USER environmental variable not set for TLSv1.3 connections

Bug #1867223 reported by JonH on 2020-03-12
This bug affects 2 people
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apache2 (Ubuntu)
Marc Deslauriers

Bug Description

The recent backport of TLSv1.3 code to Ubuntu 18.04's version of apache2 breaks wsgi scripts that use client certificate authentication because the REMOTE_USER environmental variable is not being set for a TLSv1.3 connection. I tracked down the cause and it is because this upstream patch has not been included:

Running Ubuntu 18.04.4 LTS
The bug was introduced in apache2-2.4.29-1ubuntu4.12
The affected source file is : httpd-2.4.29/modules/ssl/ssl_engine_kernel.c

What you expected to happen: When a wsgi script is called, using client certificate authentication, and a TLSv1.3 connection is negotiated, the environmental variable REMOTE_USER should be set to the client certificate's CN. (SSLUserName SSL_CLIENT_S_DN_CN is set in the apache config file)

What happened instead: The REMOTE_USER environmental variable doesn't exist unless I restrict the connection to TLSv1.2.

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 18.04
Package: apache2 2.4.29-1ubuntu4.12
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 4.15.0-88.88-generic 4.15.18
Uname: Linux 4.15.0-88-generic x86_64
Apache2ConfdDirListing: False
 AH00558: apache2: Could not reliably determine the server's fully qualified domain name, using Set the 'ServerName' directive globally to suppress this message
 httpd (pid 19397) already running
ApportVersion: 2.20.9-0ubuntu7.11
Architecture: amd64
Date: Thu Mar 12 23:09:34 2020
InstallationDate: Installed on 2020-03-04 (8 days ago)
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu-Server 18.04.4 LTS "Bionic Beaver" - Release amd64 (20200203.1)
 PATH=(custom, no user)
SourcePackage: apache2
UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install)
 [Thu Mar 12 06:25:02.361354 2020] [ssl:warn] [pid 19397] AH01909: server certificate does NOT include an ID which matches the server name
 [Thu Mar 12 06:25:02.361788 2020] [mpm_prefork:notice] [pid 19397] AH00163: Apache/2.4.29 (Ubuntu) OpenSSL/1.1.1 mod_wsgi/4.7.1 Python/3.6 configured -- resuming normal operations
 [Thu Mar 12 06:25:02.361812 2020] [core:notice] [pid 19397] AH00094: Command line: '/usr/sbin/apache2'
modified.conffile..etc.apache2.sites-available.default-ssl.conf: [modified]
mtime.conffile..etc.apache2.sites-available.default-ssl.conf: 2020-03-12T23:11:20.058759

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JonH (jh-ml) wrote :
tags: added: regression-update
tags: added: bitesize
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Christian Ehrhardt  (paelzer) wrote :

This isn't exactly the same but related to bug 1865900 and bug 1834671.
Overall triggered by bug 1845263 adding TLSv1.3

@Marc you did the former upload and since it is an update regression and would need push to -security I'd wanted to ask if you'd evaluate the patch above if you agree that it would alleviate some of the issues we see - at least this one here but maybe even a few that formerly thought they have bug 1865900 / bug 1834671.
For now setting to confirmed assigning to you for considering the linked change.

Changed in apache2 (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
assignee: nobody → Marc Deslauriers (mdeslaur)
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Marc Deslauriers (mdeslaur) wrote :

I'll prepare some updates for testing, thanks.

Robie Basak (racb) on 2020-03-13
tags: added: bionic-openssl-1.1
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Marc Deslauriers (mdeslaur) wrote :

I have uploaded an apache2 package to the security team PPA for testing here:

It includes the commit mentioned in this bug, along with a few others related to TLSv1.3.

@JonH: could you please test that package and see if it solves your issue? Thanks!

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JonH (jh-ml) wrote :

I upgraded to your 2.4.29-1ubuntu4.13 on my test system and then one of my internal production systems and both TLSv1.2 and TLSv1.3 connections are now working correctly with client certificate authentication and wsgi scripts.

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Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

This bug was fixed in the package apache2 - 2.4.29-1ubuntu4.13

apache2 (2.4.29-1ubuntu4.13) bionic-security; urgency=medium

  * Add additional missing commits to TLSv1.3 support. (LP: #1867223)
    - debian/patches/tlsv1.3-support-2.patch: fix whitespace and copy/paste
      typos in modules/ssl/ssl_engine_kernel.c.
    - debian/patches/tlsv1.3-support-3.patch: fail with 403 if
      SSL_verify_client_post_handshake fails in
    - debian/patches/tlsv1.3-support-4.patch: disable AUTO_RETRY mode for
      OpenSSL 1.1.1, which fixes post-handshake authentication in
    - debian/patches/tlsv1.3-support-5.patch: retrieve and set
      sslconn->client_cert here for both "modern" and classic access
      control in modules/ssl/ssl_engine_kernel.c.

 -- Marc Deslauriers <email address hidden> Fri, 13 Mar 2020 08:26:16 -0400

Changed in apache2 (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Fix Released
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