Enabling ECC in Fedora and CentOS

Because the recent revelations about PRISM, it feels that everybody is revisiting their security infrastructure.

After testing during many hours the available ciphers in the Apache web server, I realized that it’s impossible to get Perfect Forward Secrecy with Red Hat and its derivatives. See bug #319901

I have decided to recompile openssl and apache for the servers I manage, I have uploaded the scripts I use to this repository: https://github.com/jorti/fedora-compile-with-ecc

They are based on the previous work of Daniel Pocock: http://danielpocock.com/ussing-ecc-ecdsa-in-openssl-and-strongswan-fedora

And this is the configuration I use in Apache, seen in http://ggramaize.wordpress.com/2013/08/02/tls-perfect-forward-secrecy-support-with-apache/

# /etc/httpd/conf.d/ssl.conf 
SSLProtocol +TLSv1 +TLSv1.1 +TLSv1.2
SSLCompression off
SSLHonorCipherOrder on
# Redirect everything to HTTPS
<IfModule rewrite_module>
   RewriteEngine On
   #LogLevel info rewrite:trace8

   RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} !^www.example.com$ [NC]
   RewriteRule ^(.*)$ https://www.example.com/$1 [L,R=301]

   RewriteCond %{HTTPS} off
   RewriteRule ^(.*)$ https://www.example.com/$1 [L,R=301]
<IfModule headers_module>
   Header add Strict-Transport-Security "max-age=15768000; includeSubDomains"

You can test your web server SSL configuration with this excellent online utility: https://www.ssllabs.com/ssltest/analyze.html


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