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    • CommentAuthoradeelkh
    • CommentTimeDec 14th 2015

    The nLab and nForum now support HTTPS and HTTP/2. Apparently, this should result in improved performance on both. (Thanks to Bas for the suggestion.)

    • CommentRowNumber2.
    • CommentAuthorspitters
    • CommentTimeDec 14th 2015

    Thanks for the great work Adeel! For interested bystanders, Let’s encrypt provides free and convenient certificates. Http/2 should be faster and https should give us some extra google juice.

    • CommentRowNumber3.
    • CommentAuthorspitters
    • CommentTimeMar 4th 2016

    Some people are reporting problems with Safari, possibly related to letsencrypt. Could anyone confirm these issues?

    ssllabs gives us an A+, but we get a “Protocol or cipher suite mismatch” when they simulate Safari 5.1.9 or 6.0.4.

    According to letsencrypt the following are supported: Safari 4.0 (w/ Mac OSX 10.4) (“DST Root CA X3” is trusted) iOS >= 3.1 works (“DST Root CA X3” is trusted)

    • CommentRowNumber4.
    • CommentAuthorDmitri Pavlov
    • CommentTimeMar 4th 2016

    Such errors result from an overly strict configuration of nginx. This doesn’t increase the security of supported browsers, but some older browsers simply cannot access the site.

    For comparison, below is the nginx configuration file that I use for my own site. Essentially, the point of the configuration below is to provide as much security as possible for any browser. (Older browsers necessarily get less security.)

    add_header Strict-Transport-Security "max-age=63072000";
    spdy_headers_comp 9;
    ssl on;
    ssl_certificate /etc/letsencrypt/live/;
    ssl_certificate_key /etc/letsencrypt/live/;
    ssl_session_cache shared:SSL:100m;
    ssl_session_timeout 24h;
    ssl_session_tickets on;
    ssl_session_ticket_key /etc/nginx/ssl/ticket.key;
    # Slightly weaker with a smaller generation,
    # but faster and fixes some IE, especially on mobiles.
    # ssl_ecdh_curve secp384r1;
    ssl_ecdh_curve secp521r1;
    ssl_dhparam /etc/nginx/ssl/dhparam4.pem;
    ssl_stapling on;
    ssl_stapling_verify on;
    ssl_trusted_certificate /etc/letsencrypt/live/;
    # Google DNS, Open DNS, Dyn DNS
    resolver valid=300s;
    resolver_timeout 3s;
    ssl_protocols TLSv1 TLSv1.1 TLSv1.2;
    ssl_prefer_server_ciphers on;
    # Nginx for Intermediate Browsers
    # Grade A-
    # 90 % Security
    # High Compatibility
    # - No Java 6 (No DH parameters > 1024 bits)
    # - No IE 6
    # Some Forward Secrecy
    • CommentRowNumber5.
    • CommentAuthoradeelkh
    • CommentTimeMar 5th 2016

    Thanks, Dimitri! I modified the configuration to allow the TLS 1.0 protocol, hopefully it works now.

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