[Bioc-devel] SSL error on Ubuntu 20.04

Selles Vidal, Lara |@r@@@e||e@12 @end|ng |rom |mper|@|@@c@uk
Wed Sep 30 21:01:51 CEST 2020

Dear BioC community,

We were recently informed that a multilayered bug due to an increased security level in Ubuntu 20.04, configuration issues on server side and a bug in OpenSSL 1.1.1 caused our packages to fail on Ubuntu 20.04 with the following error:

   error:14094410:SSL routines:ssl3_read_bytes:sslv3 alert handshake failure

This affects the two packages I maintain, rfaRm and ncRNAtools. As a temporary fix, we were suggested to use HTTP instead of HTTPS. However, some of the web resources accessed with our packages do not seem to be accessible via HTTP. This is reflected in the latest build for rfaRm for example (http://bioconductor.org/checkResults/devel/bioc-LATEST/rfaRm/) , which fails as a consequence of all the URLs being changed to the “http” version instead of “https”.

The problem seems to have been discussed here https://github.com/Ensembl/ensembl-rest/issues/427 , with a temporary fix suggested here https://askubuntu.com/questions/1233186/ubuntu-20-04-how-to-set-lower-ssl-security-level . However, this seems to involve changing some openssl options through the openssl config file. We are unsure on whether this temporary fix could be implemented from within our package. We would greatly appreciate any guidance on how to implement it, or on any other alternative temporary workarounds.

Thanks a lot in advance!

Best wishes,


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